• May 7, 2009
ASC Pontiac Trans-Am – Click above for high-res image gallery

Pontiac is on its way out just as the new 2010 Chevy Camaro has arrived. Had this been a decade or two earlier, the Camaro would most certainly be accompanied by an equally sick Pontiac version, namely the Trans-Am. But even before it was decided to put the final nail in Pontiac's coffin, General Motors had no intention of developing a new Trans-Am based off the Camaro. Well, someone should, and someone did. Enter ASC, otherwise known as American Specialty Cars, the sub-contractor responsible for building many of the convertibles you see on the road today like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and Toyota Camry Solara Convertible. ASC also has experience building whole specialty cars for manufacturers, having been the building force behind such machines as the Chevy SSR, GMC Syclone/Typhoon and even the unforgettable Buick GNX.

Now, according to DUB, ASC will take your 2010 Camaro and transform it into a modern-day Trans-Am. We don't have too many details except for these few renderings, but the Pontiac-ification of the Camaro looks great from the front and we dig the duck tail spoiler. The air inlets behind the doors are a little much and for all we know are non-functional, but the overall treatment evokes Pontiac's past in much the same way that Chevy's new muscle car draws inspiration from past Camaros without copying them outright. We've got a request in to ASC for more information, so we'll wait and see if the Trans-Cam is the real deal.



[Source: DUB]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad it can never be built..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really don't like it (and I had a '78 Trans Am).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stick with making it look more late 60's not early 70's---get rid of the stupid rectangular headlamps. Needs the bullet shaped side mirrors, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front needs some refining and the side vents need to be moved behind the front wheel opening. Other than that, I like it... oh and a screaming-chicken on the hood is requisite for happiness!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gauging by the comments here, this car is definitely a love it or hate it car.

      While I love the thought of the Firebird and Trans Am being brought back from the dead, I really dislike this car. For starters, the 2010 Camaro is a throwback to the first-gen F-body, and this *ahem* remake, as it were, is based on the second gen. They could have redone the 1969 Trans Am and had an excellent car on their hands.

      Secondly, although the Camaro and Firebird were both F-bodies, you could tell that the Camaro was a Camaro and the Firebird was a Firebird.

      This car still reeks of Camaro. Thumbs down in a big way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a slightly OT question and it's bugging me!

      The New V8 Camaro is rated at 24 mpg highway ,whereas the Pontiac GXP V8 is rated at ONLY 20 mpg. But both have similar engines/transmissions and overall weight is almost the same. Surely the retro look Camaro hasn't such an amazing drag coefficient as to make 4 mpg (20% ) difference.
      Thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GXP 4050 lbs
        Camaro 3913 lbs
        Only 137 lbs between them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They have different rear end gearing. Due to the weight of the GXP they put a higher gear....thus it has higher revs in 6th gear regardless of MPH. Thus, lower MPG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks terrible. Too blocky and clunky looking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        A shame Chevy didn't release the new Camaro 10+ years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a shame...based on the 4 year gestation period for the Holden rebody that became the Camaro I guess we could have expected a Firebird for 2014...but alas, Pontiac is dead...couldn't have anything to do with GM going 7 years between redesigns when the industry standard is now 4... could it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        2009 - 2006 = 3 years, which is average for the industry...especially since it's a "rebody" (actually, only a few under-the-skin bits carry over) of a platform that was also IN DEVELOPMENT at the time.

        Oh, and care to name a model or two today that lasts only 4 seasons on a platform?

        There aren't any.

        So get your facts straight. Until then, sit down and shut up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks too much like a Mustang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, not much trans-am in it.

        Not that it matters, can't drive the camaro with the recall, at least according to a local dealer. Maybe they'll pick it up on a flat bed and by the time it's done the new bits will be out to fix the battery cable?
        • 5 Years Ago
        really? to me, that rear end SCREAMS trans-am.

        I like it a lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the back a lot. The front is horrible though. Its to square. the center bar should be tapered IMHO, and the headlights should be round.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhm. Not really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see them attempt a pass at the 70-73 Formula 400 hood. The T/A shaker is classic but the formula nostrils were just out of this world for 1970.

      And AB, the venting behind the door is aping the fender vents of 1969. The shaker is a 1970+ thing.

      http://www.pontiacpower.net/pictures/69ta1.jpg

      http://www.pontiacpower.net/pictures/70fbird2.jpg

      http://www.pontiacpower.net/pictures/70ta1.jpg

      Just so we're all clear on which body accents go where.
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