Pontiac Firebird celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and unfortunately, an original vehicle cannot be found in the dealerships, but you can get a new one. Sort of. Trans Am Worldwide has been working on the Chevrolet Camaro SS models in the last few years and turning them into the Firebird Trans Am tributes. Now, they have done the same with the sixth-generation muscle car.
According to the co-founder of the company, Tod Warmack, they used carbon fiber body to try to make it look as close to the original as possible. The Firebird looks fascinating with its retro gauges, custom upholstery, iconic “snowflake” wheels and the T-tops that are optional.
The standard vehicle, which is called The Outlaw by Warmack, is powered by the Magnuson-supercharged variant of the 6.2-liter V8 engine that can be found under the hood of the Camaro LT1. This unit delivers 602 hp, but with the update to a naturally-aspirated 455 cubic-inch machine with ceramic headers, the unit can exceed 750 horses.
Furthermore, the company produced the limited edition 455 Trans Am Super Duty that uses 15-inch Brembo brakes and a massive supercharged engine that delivers 1000 hp and 1046 lb-ft of torque and thus making the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon look weak. The transmission options here are either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
The block of the engine is the only original part that was kept while it was developed by Magnuson and an unnamed NASCAR engine builder, says Warmack. The Super Duty also sports lower suspension, 10-spoke wheels, and stiffer anti-roll bars.
These cars cost between $85,000 and $150,000 while Trans Am only plans to produce 50 examples of the Super Duty. The demand for this vehicle is going to be high, just as it was the case with the “Bandit” that was assembled last year.