LQ4 6.0 Liter
This is not your average Trans Am. No, this 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Restomod has LS power, a vastly improved suspension, and a nasty look that makes the already flashy T/A look downright sinister. If you\'re tired of the Burt Reynolds jokes this car will put an end to it, because it\'s just plain sick.
In a sea of black Trans Ams, this Martinique Blue shark of an F-body stands out in a big way. It still has the spirit of what the factory intended, with the big Firebird decals and lots of details, but additions like the carbon fiber hood, the carbon fiber front wheel tubs/inner fenders, the Detroit Speed mini tubs out back, and the big aftermarket wheels give it an entirely new personality. The paint isn\'t brand new and shows some minor wear, nothing major but it\'s obvious someone loved to drive this car, which is very easy to understand. The bodywork is extremely straight and suggests a car that has never been wrecked or damaged and never needed major surgery. It\'s not exactly subtle, but the black, white, and dark blue decals accentuate the light blue paint just perfectly. The tails says Trans Am so you\'ll quickly know what just passed you (although technically, this was born as just a Firebird), and there\'s nothing quite as intimidating as seeing that hood scoop in your rear view mirror. It\'s pretty darn cool, too. Add in the ground effects, the spoiler out back, the chin spoiler up front, and the sleek urethane nose and you get a car that looks predatory and fast just sitting still.
The custom racing-style interior is a dramatic look that one-ups the original in terms of functionality and style. Black Corbeau racing seats are wrapped custom upholstery with blue stitching and help grip tremendously you while you drive, and the look is surprisingly elegant with the matching door panels, dash and console, not to mention the killer rear seats that look like they\'ve never been sat in. A roll cage stiffens the ride and provides safety, and it\'s been conscientiously installed so as to not take up too much room. Fitted with a custom dash full of carbon fiber inlays and AutoMeter Spek gauges, and a custom middle console with a big shifter for the 6-speed manual, it\'s a no-compromises modern muscle car that looks like a million bucks. For tunes, you get a Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo unit that gives it a 21st century entertainment system, powering the speakers that were neatly installed into the package tray. Out back, the trunk is nicely finished with a black mat, and there\'s still plenty of room because the amplifier for the stereo system and the back end of the roll cage were neatly installed out of the way.
The 6.0 liter LQ4 V8 under the hood is a great fit and thoroughly updates the Trans Am for the modern age, although the builders didn\'t miss the opportunity to pay homage to the classic and configured the LS to be fed via an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor. Considerably more powerful than the motor it replaces, the all-aluminum LS V8 is impeccably smooth and delivers that big whack of torque off the line that makes Trans Ams so much fun to drive. It\'s detailed nicely with a killer custom look, including Pontiac coil covers, a GMPP intake, carbon fiber inner fenders, and the Pontiac shaker hood scoop, along with factory-style accessories with a serpentine belt drive. A giant aluminum radiator with dual electric fans keeps the whole show cool, and a full MSD ignition ensures that the block cranks with ease, every time. It\'s bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission that\'s been built to live behind the LS motor, so it\'s always on its toes and far more responsive than the original unit could have ever been. Underneath there are plenty of performance goodies, from the Speed Tech Stage 2 suspension, to the subframe connectors, to the coilovers, to the Speedway Engineering 9 rear end, just to name a few. Needless to say, it handles like a dream and can be driven HARD. Fat long-tube headers feed a cust
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