• Oct 31, 2009
Lingenfelter 455 T/A Concept - See more images at Car and Driver

Car and Driver
is the first outlet to post real live photos of the SEMA-bound Lingenfelter 455 T/A Concept. By taking the looks of the '70 Trans Am and adapting them to the new Chevrolet Camaro, Lingenfelter has created something that will have you playing "What if.." scenarios regarding Pontiac over and over again in your heads. Imagine a world in which you could walk into a General Motors dealer and pick between this and the G8 GXP...

Anyway, snap out of it, because that ain't happenin'. We think what's likely to happen, if people go as batsh*t crazy over this creation at SEMA as we think they will, is that Lingenfelter will probably offer the package to customers. That's probably good, anyway, as we can't see GM spending the bucks to offer the 455 T/A's upgraded interior (yeah, it's premium vinyl, baby) and monstrously-upgraded engine. See, that 455 nomenclature's no joke. According to C/D, the 455 CID/7.5-liter V8 rocks an 11.5:1 compression ratio, ported and polished LS7 heads, a new intake and a forged crankshaft. The exhaust is by Corsa, the honeycomb wheels are custom jobs, and most importantly, the engine comes correct with 655 horses and 610 lb-ft. of torque. We'll have plenty more on this bad mofo next week from SEMA. In the meantime, head over to CarandDriver.com for more images.

[Source: Car and Driver via Camaro5 | Image: Patrick M. Hoey]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why didn't they model it after a T/A that actually looked good? like the '77?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they would use the front end from the Kevin Morgan design ( http://www.autoblog.com/2009/08/12/confirmed-phoenix-trans-am-conversion-kit-coming-for-camaro/ ) this would rock! The front of this one looks bad and the rear of the Morgan-design (that is actually being for the kit) looks craptastic.

        The Lingenfelter rear + the Morgan front = success.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is all yucky and out of proportion.

        The new Camaro is retro to 1st gen, not 2nd gen. No matter how much you like 2nd gen better, trying to graft a 2nd gen F body nose on a 1st gen design just doesn't work.

        They should have just designed a really nice '67-'68 Firebird kit for this. Would have gone nice with the new Camaro.

        Instead they've alienated both the 1st and 2nd gen fans with this thing. They blew it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with Derek. Earlier 2nd gens I find look more balanced - they fit the swoopy curves better.

        I also don't understand why they didn't for for either of the first gen looks. I find 2nd gens best feature was it's greenhouse, which this doesn't have.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I will have to respectfully disagree. The 1970 T/A you speak of was modeled after the GTO. the designers were looking for a replacmnet.. something that could carry on the excitement and "wow factor" from the GTO, yet, they wanted to keep the overall look and feel. look at a 1970 GTO.. beautiful car! look at a 1970 T/A.. Essentially a goat with one less headlight on each side of the car. it's not a unique creation from GM in any regard, which is why the '70 is long forgotten by most people today. not saying it's not worthy. IMO, the '70 is one of the best muscle cars there was. however, it's not the T/A classic that lives on in the younger generations of today.

        the 1977 T/A is something much more unique to the general and pontiac. when you say the word trans am, that is the one people think of for many reasons, but primarily because of the bandit. the 77 is the image and icon of the trans am that still lives on today. whether it was the best or not, it's hard to deny this to be true.

        this is the look i would prefer to see. it is much more balanced and less "hoaky". the lines a crips and agree with the current muscle car era that has reemerged today.

        http://media.motortopia.com/files/cars/album_2010_trans_am_prototypes/4935a922c3313/tn_full_zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzes1jpg_Thumbnail1.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why I love the car business. Relax, everyone. This is not perfect. But it's fun, which is what cars like this are supposed to be.

      As a former owner of a '74 Formula, those wheels are my favorite part.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think i just threw up
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM please take note: Afterthought eyesore backup lamps have been corrected.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe that in over 3 pages of comments, NO ONE mentioned the "gold standard" in 2010 Camaro conversions to a modern interpretation of a Trans Am! Go to www.transamdepot.com and feast your eyes on the REALLY badass '77 Trans Am style on the new Camaro...Kevin Morgan designed a beautiful retro package for the 2010 Camaro, and Trans Am Depot brought it to life. There's even a You Tube video showing the unveiling of the Phoenix T/A. I wish I could afford one. Since I'm unemployed, I wish I could be the West Coast sales manager for them...shouldn't be too tough to sell a few hundred of these hand-built beauties! As for the Lingenfelter version, well, good try, but it just doesn't have the proportions of Kevin Morgan's design. IMHO, it looks like a kit car The YouTube video is available on Kevin Morgan's website, www.kevinmorgandesigns.com. Don't forget to check out all the different colors. And, if you don't like the '77-78 style, he dreamed up 2 other styles as well. And, no, I am not a paid PR shill for either of these companies. just an enthusiastic car nut in Phoenix who thinks Kevin Morgan is a design genius and deserves equal recognition vs. Lingenfelter, who will probably get more pub just because they are better known. Kevin Morgan has the far better design, IMHO. But, check it out for yourself. You'll see!
        • 5 Years Ago
        OMG that thing is even UGLIER!! The back end - it is like someone took a Qvale Mangusta and beat it with an ugly stick. The beak on the front is not helping matters.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That gen of the T/A was ugly when it first came out..........now it's ugly and overweight.
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        WOW, that actually looks good! And I really did not care for those Trans Ams. This looks like a proper evolution - WELL DONE!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      geez, gm ran out of ideas, now they are trying to bring back the dead muscle cars.
      way to go!...rubbish
      • 5 Years Ago
      omg that is hideous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The upper part of the front looks kinda cool. The lower part looks like a stormtrooper's codpiece. The wheels look like they're about to spew bees at me. And if the interior is vinyl I can't drive it naked in the summer.

      No sale.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Proof that some things should have stayed in the decade they were created in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Honeycomb wheels were staples on numerous Trans-Am & Formula package through the 1970's. Makes sense for them to be on the retro T/A. JMO
      • 5 Years Ago
      The world will be better without it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You'd think they would've payed more attention to the front end rather then just slap that 1 piece monstrosity on there.
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