With the demise of the Pontiac brand in 2008, hopes of a new Firebird or Trans Am from GM were all but crushed. For those wanting a new Pontiac pony car, Trans Am Worldwide converts fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaros into modern-day Pontiac Trans Am coupes. Burt Reynolds introduced a modern tribute car celebrating the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that was used in the popular movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”
Dubbed “The Bandit” and signed by the actor who played Bandit in the film, the new Bandit Trans Am tribute car will be limited to just 77 examples, a nod to the 1977 model year of the car from the original film. Like the car from the movie, the Bandit features black paint and gold accents, including the “screaming chicken” graphic on the hood. Other cosmetic details include custom T-top roof panels and more gold trim in the interior.
Under the hood, the Bandit Trans Am features a supercharged LSX 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V-8 crate engine cranking out 840 hp and 790 lb-ft of torque. The T-Tops and boosted LSX crate engine are options on the company’s standard Trans Am conversions.
Trans Am Worldwide can also make a Pontiac GTO Judge, but some may look at the Trans Am or GTO conversion as just a Chevrolet Camaro with a body kit.
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