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The Flaming Chicken Lives! Trans Am Depot To Unveil 455 Super Duty At SEMA

Trans Am Depot is the Florida-based tuning shop that has been cranking out modern day incarnations of the iconic Pontiac muscle car since 2011.

If you're a Trans Am guy it doesn't get any better than this. Built as a special edition for the 1973 and 1974 model years, the Super Duty 455 (SD-455) was the top rung of the Pontiac performance ladder. They're quite rare with only a few hundred produced and command a premium on the auction circuit. And it wasn't just another pretty face. It had a beefed up block with 4 bolt mains, forged con rods and pistons, Muncie transmission, and a 12 bolt rear with posi-traction. And given it was introduced deep into the years of the oil wars and tightening EPA regulations, it's amazing that she could still haul ass.

https://www.crownclassicautoparts.com/single-post/2018/02/06/The-SD-455-Pontiac-Trans-Am

With the passage of Pontiac into the sunset, however, the only thing that aficionados of the SD-455 were left with were glossy yet dog-eared posters celebrating past glory. That is, of course, until Trans Am Depot came on the scene. They're the Florida-based tuning shop that, through a partnership with Hurst, has been cranking out modern day incarnations of the iconic Pontiac muscle car since 2011.

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/11/trans-am-depot-teases-golden-455-super-duty-sema-2019/

Based on the modern version of the Chevrolet Camaro the Depot's Trans Am is a contemporary take on what made the car great. And the new SD-455 takes it up a notch. The exterior styling looks just like what I would imagine a modern iteration of the car would look like if GM still cranked it out. And all of the bits and pieces are quite solid. They even offer a lightweight carbon fiber edition to keep the weight down as these cars are known for being a tad portly. Likewise, the inside of the car is more than just a warmed over Camaro interior containing new seats, gauge clusters, dash treatment, door sills and panels, shifter, floor mats, and etc.

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But it's what's under the hood that really counts. They could've been content with let's say the drivetrain from the ZL1 and that would've been just fine - it does make 650 hp after all! But Trans Am Depot opted instead to stay true to the SD-455 heritage and drop in a 7.4 liter Magnuson supercharged 1,000 hp monster motor. Wow! Even they think it's nuts!

http://transamworldwide.com/superduty/

But all that power doesn't mean a thing if you can't effectively put it to the ground. Trans Am Depot took time and reconfigured the suspension with a lowering kit, new springs, sway bar package and a host of other tweaks to corral those extra ponies. The finished product I believe speaks for itself. Now why doesn't GM bring these guys on board to straighten out the odd-looking Camaro? Hhhhmmmmm. Buckle up.

(via GM AuthorityTrans Am Depot and )

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