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The Camaro-Based Modern Trans Am Will Be On Display During The 2019 SEMA Show

Trans Am 455 Super Duty

Despite the rumors of a Hummer comeback, Pontiac will remain in the General Motors brand graveyard with less iconic brands such as Oakland and Geo. However, thanks to movies like Smokey and the Bandit and hit television shows like Knight Rider, Pontiac remains deeply a part of American car culture even beyond its death. Keeping the faith stronger than anybody else these days is undoubtedly the Trans Am Depot, which has created rather striking modern interpretations of the Pontiac Firebird and Firebird Trans Am muscle cars based on the Chevrolet Camaro.

The top model from the company wears the 455 Super Duty name, which has been sold out, being limited to only 50 vehicles. However, it appears that the company plans on re-opening the books, as evident from a special gold 455 Super Duty that was recently teased for the 2019 SEMA Show, along with a Trans Am-branded motorcycle. The company likes to fit modern Trans Am muscle cars with special throwback paint and themes, such as the recent Bandit Edition, with its black/gold livery and wheels baring striking resemblance to the classic movie starring the late great Burt Reynolds.

Under the hood of the Trans Am 455 Super Duty is a four-figure beast of an engine. Based on a GM small block engine, the 455 Super Duty features an appropriate throwback displacement of 455 cubic inches (7.45 liters) fitted with a Magnuson supercharger, with a total output of 1,000 horsepower and 1,046 lb-ft of torque. Crank horsepower is mated to a manual transmission with a Hurst short-throw shifter.

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 polycarbonate windows. Also fitted with carbon fiber are several interior components, such as 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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