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Burt Reynolds Talks About His Bandit Trans Am Tribute Car

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/31/2016 Jason Udy
Bandit Trans Am from Trans Am Worldwide with Burt Reynolds screen shot© Provided by MotorTrend Bandit Trans Am from Trans Am Worldwide with Burt Reynolds screen shot

With the demise of the Pontiac brand in 2008, all 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. In this video, Burt Reynolds introduces a modern tribute car celebrating the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am 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.

2016 Trans Am Bandit Edition rear three quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Trans Am Bandit Edition rear three quarter 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.

While some may look at the Trans Am conversion as just a Chevrolet Camaro with a body kit, a second video reveals more about the upgrades needed to build the Pontiac versions. Trans Am Worldwide can also convert the Camaro into a Pontiac GTO Judge.

Check out the video below to see Burt Reynolds introduce the Bandit Trans Am and the second video to see what goes into the process to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into a Pontiac Trans Am or Pontiac GTO. For more about Trans Am Worldwide, read our First Look here.

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