This 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird has a brand new 430bhp V8

shawn By On 15/03/2023 at 16:30

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The newest restomod from Retro Designs is a $250k+ vintage muscle car with modern power.


Retro Designs, a Concord tuner, is the creator of this modified Firebird

It's another American legend that has been powered by modern technology.

One of America's most well-known muscle cars now houses a V8 engine that has been tweaked to produce a very healthy 430 horsepower and will exit via the rear wheels through a six-speed "6L80" gearbox, presumably putting the car pretty sideways.

Retro designs tlc 4x4 pontiac trans am ls3 04The front suspension has been updated, but otherwise it is essentially unchanged from 197, Detroit Speed, which specialises in providing bolt-in replacements for vehicles like the vintage Firebird, Nova, and Camaro, each manufactured to original specifications, provided the "hydroformed" subframe for the front. Of course, it's only new. These subframes, it appears, provide superior rigidity, handling, and ride quality.

 It is claimed that the "new rear suspension" at the back. The brakes are also large modern Wilwood stoppers that do a lousy job of camouflaging themselves beneath brand-new 18-inch wheels covered in Continental tyres. The Magnaflow exhaust, a fully customised stainless-steel unit that is claimed to "further boost performance and enhance driving response," is used.

We are informed that it maintains its "Seventies vibe" despite the lack of interior photos. It has a vintage air heating and cooling system, improved sound system, and leather upholstery.

Retro designs tlc 4x4 pontiac trans am ls3 16The restoration process took "months," and each Retro Designs commission, which starts at $250,000, is a sizable sum for a brand-new vehicle.
The Firebird is a truly unique and cool period in the history of fantastic vehicles from the 1970s, according to RD CEO Daniel Valjevac.

The golden Seventies appearance of the car was something we thought was incredibly important to preserve, but it didn't stop us from adding contemporary powertrain technology. We were able to give this Firebird a lot of punch thanks to upgrades like a GM LS3 engine,"

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