To each his/her own, but this is just a hideous Frankenstein. If you want to honor Pontiac out of a Camaro, would be interesting to try it with a ‘69 T/A look, since the current body type is more akin to that than the second gen...
What a beauty, my wife a has an all original (AZ Car) completely restored 1977 TA summer cruiser, not the powerhouse of these modern creations, but she enjoys it all the same. You want to see an amazing video of these cars? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-iMnsOPPNI
Obviously, you cannot replicate the original look of a Trans Am, but I give him credit for what he has done here. He has created a unique and very special tribute to a car that was special to him and to many others. Kudos to him.
It seems if you are old enough to have owned a T/A, you are offended by this. But if you are just a bit younger and we're a kid, you see the retro-modern take in a more positive light. I would do just a few things slightly differently if I had $180K to throw at a $50K car, but overall, I like what they did.
As Olds (the Original GM Division) before them, GM felt Pontiac had become 'irrelevant' and made the 'hard choice'. I mourned the loss of the Fiero (kept an '88, uprated with a 2L Turbo), but mourned the intro of the Aztek (Ugh!). Buick went from 4 lines of 'full-size' cars, to 4 lines of SUV variants...
Much like Plymouth, LaSalle, and Edsel, there was just no more room for 'Tweens'...
Like it was Said Loudly and I agree TO EAcH HIS (OR HER OWN)but the engine Bay looks like the Guts of a Freshly killed Moose to me and a lot of the Beauty of a great Vehicle was in th engine now its just a Look at me Exterior and the Horsepower that is supposed to Impress
I’m seeing lots of negative comments about this car. Even if you aren’t a fan, at least appreciate the creativity and work that has gone into this car. It’s a beautiful interpretation of what the Trans Am could have been if Pontiac had survived.
With the 'cradle to grave' marketing strategies of GM Divisions, Pontiac was always slotted a 'cut above' as was Olds vs Buick, and the DNA of the Firebird was always predicated on what the Chevy Guys provided. Chevy had the Sales Numbers, and nearly double the Dealerships, so Pontiac focused on the more upscale upholstery, bigger engines, more 'power' options, and the like. Most years, it was a nice fit, but some provided for more head-to-head comparisons, which was reflected in the annual sales numbers. Not all remember Chevy ditched the vaunted Z/28 in the mid-70's, while Firebird, and particularly Trans Am sales soared...
I agree with Montrose. While it can never look like it was cut from the same mold as the original, he did an awesome job at creating a car that is an homage and tribute to a car he dearly loves.
Yes it is shorter but I was never a fan of late gen Firebirds because of that LONNGG look. I preferred the early look. But, it is unique. I love the tilted exhausts, the raised hood scoop (gone from cars for far too long in my opinion), rear treatment and also the nose.
Yes there's something about it that still feels Camaro-like but it doesn't look like a Camaro. And the T top? Its about time!
Every car is somebody's vision and has both strong and weak points. So there is much to appreciate about it even if it's not your cup of tea. Take the new Vette for instance! Some probably hate it because it no longer has styling cues that "look" like a Vette. While others love it for the same reason. Either way, just like the new Corvette, this is exotic, well executed and the lines achieve a balance.
Both cars stand out because they are different, cool and unique, not because they are ugly! THAT honor STILL belongs to ANOTHER Pontiac... whose name starts with a capital "A" and ends with a "c." Universally acclaimed as the ugliest car ever (I know, I conducted a survey!! lol), well it's not really a car, it's an "SUV".