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New Camaro-based Trans Am kit debuts at NY show

Ever since GM’s Pontiac brand was swallowed up by the global financial crisis, companies have been producing kits that transform the latest Chevrolet Camaro into a Firebird Trans Am.

The latest effort is by Trans Am Worldwide, called the 455 Super Duty. It includes fender vents, a scooped bonnet with a phoenix mural, and gold highlights on the grille and wheels. The front and rear ends mirror the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, with modern LED head and taillamps. From the video below, it appears bodykit components are 3D-printed, using a carbon-fibre material.

The wheels are 20 inches in diameter and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport rubber, with lower springs and thicker stabiliser bars compared with the regular Camaro. A ground-effects package keeps the car glued to the road at high speed.

In the engine compartment is the Corvette’s 6.2-litre LT1, but displacement is increased to 7.4 litres, or 455ci. In between the banks sits a 2.3-litre Magnuson blower, which in combination with exhaust and intake mods takes power up to 1000hp, or 746kW, with a road melting 1416Nm.

Only 50 of these cars will be built starting from the first day of May. What do you think of this car? Would you like to see someone come up with a HK Monaro-inspired kit for the new Camaro?

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.