Pontiac Firebird Trans Am: The Legend Reborn?
By Feann Torr - 8/May/2009
2011 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
The 2011 Pontiac Trans Am concept could
be powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre V8
ASC worked on the conversion of the Pontiac
Trans Am but will it ever see the light of day?
– When the original Chevy Camaro was first introduced in the United
States in 1966, Pontiac took the Camaro platform to create the
Firebird a year later.
1969 the go-ahead was given to develop a high performance handling
package for the Firebird pony car, not unlike the Ford Falcon GT's 'HO'
package from 1971 in Australia.
The 'Trans Am' package was
offered with the Firebird and became part of the Pontiac line-up for
more than three decades, ending production in 2002.
American company wants to bring the iconic Pontiac Trans Am back, and
it's creating a lot of talk - some of it positive, some of it not.
Last month Chevrolet
unleashed what was one of the most highly anticipated cars in North
America in decades, the 2010 model Chevrolet Camaro.
received largely positive reviews from the U.S. media - some of the
credit should be attributed to the car's Australian chassis development
that was carried out by Holden - the new generation Camaro is one of
the few bright spots for General Motors at the moment.
new Chevy Camaro could also be the donor car for a next generation
Pontiac Trans Am, which is being proposed by an American outfit called
ASC Creative Services.
The company has come up with a conversion
kit of what the new car could look like, and has created both joy and
angst amongst die-hard Trans Ammers.
In the past ASC has worked
closely with General Motors to design other performance cars, including
the Cadillac STS-V and Chevrolet Malibu SS.
built, the Trans Am is unlikely to be badged a Pontiac - more likely a
Chevy - because General Motors has already killed off the Pontiac brand as part of
its restructuring process.
a range of cosmetic upgrades, the proposed 2011 Trans Am has a suitably
aggressive stance and the shaker on the bonnet suggests that some
engine tuning has been/will be carried out.
Based on the Chevy Camaro SS, which is powered by a 6.2-litre pushrod V8 outputting 318kW
(426hp) and more than 550Nm, the Trans Am concept could boost this
figure by a significant amount, once again creating a formidable sports
Having road tested a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am (albeit with a modified 7.6-litre
[463ci] V8), I for one would love to see a reborn version of the car,
and like the classic models it would likely benefit from a number of
Getting back to the design, and a new
front fascia has been designed for the Trans Am concept, featuring the
classic twin kidney grille and rectangular headlight nacelles and
a low front lip.
The back end of the car features quad exhaust
pipes and a shows off new look brake light clusters in the vein of the
classic mid '70 Trans Am models, complete with a boot lid spoiler.
side skirts and rear wheel arch air vents round out the look which
transforms the Chevy Camaro into something resembling a Trans Am.
this stage ASC hasn't confirmed or denied that it will work on the
vehicle, but considering General Motors financial situation it's
unlikely to be offered as an official Chevrolet.
A more likely
scenario is that the vehicle would be a conversion kit that would be
offered at a premium to Camaro SS owners, but at this stage it appears
as though it's still just a conceptual design.
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