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THE CAMARO-BASED TRANS AM SUPER DUTY IS NEARLY SOLD OUT, SAVE FOR ONE

50 Of Them Will Be Made, And They Start At $129,000

Trans Am Super Duty 455
All photos by and for MuscleCarsandTrucks.com

The Trans Am Super Duty was presumed to be completely sold out, but there’s but one still available. A black one that’s priced at $185,000.

“The Super Duty Edition, including that car (on display) is sold out, save one,” said Tod Warmack of Trans Am Worldwide to MC&T. The current model sold by the company is based on the 2016-present Chevrolet Camaro. The company claims it’s the “worldwide exclusive licensee and builder of the modern Trans Am.”

“There were 77 in the Bandit Edition, 50 in the Super Duty, 15 in the Hurst Edition, all sold out, and just less than 100 Outlaw Editions sold. We’re low production, about 40 units a year,” said Warmack. The current wait time is nine months on any order, from start to finish. The Florida company will ship these Pontiac homage vehicles globally.

The Trans Am muscle cars start at $129,000 and go north based on options, according to Warmack. The price includes a Chevrolet Camaro donor car. And while the there’s plenty of fifth-gens out there, Trans Am Worldwide no longer builds vehicles based on the late-model Camaro.

On display at both the 2019 SEMA Show and LA Auto Show was the Trans Am Super Duty, which is an apex predator of a muscle car at 1,000 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque. The power comes from a 455 cubic inch (7.45 liter) V8 fitted to a Magnuson supercharger, which is mated to a manual transmission with a Hurst short-throw shifter. Warmack tells us that the output is good enough for a 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 9.4 seconds at 146 mph. These times were with racing slicks.

What’s sure to make the Trans Am faithful happy is the inclusion of T-Tops, which the Camaro hasn’t offered since the fourth-generation model. These modern Trans Am T-Tops are made of carbon fiber with tinted glass windows. Also optional are several interior components, such as carbon fiber on the steering wheel and dashboard.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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