2016 Pontiac Trans Am – Rumors About Resurrection
The Trans Am managed to become one of the most appreciated muscle cars in the World after it starred in a few TV shows and movies but the car has been discontinued back in the early 2000s because GM decided to discontinue the Pontiac brand altogether. Unfortunately, a new model hasn’t been released since, but a private company did offer conversions from the Camaro. In order to cash in on their success, it seems that GM might want to build another car bearing the name, and if rumors are true, the car will be released as the 2016 Pontiac Trans Am as early as the end of the year.
While there are no official statements about this new model, it seems that it will not use the same recipe as it did more than a decade ago which also means that it might not be based on the Camaro.
Instead, GM might use their highly modular Alpha platform, which also underpins its corporative brother, to make a slightly larger and more comfortable car than the Camaro with a similar performance level. This also means that the future Trans Am is going to be more expensive than its sibling as well as slightly slower due to the fact it will use the same engines with a higher gross weight.
2016 Pontiac Trans Am Price
The price for this upcoming car is still unknown at this point but considering its target audience and the fact it will use a modular platform, we do hope that it will not cost much past $30,000 at least in the base trim level. This should be enough to compete with some nice European and Japanese two-door coupes but also other muscle cars on the market.
Also unlike its close sibling, the upcoming 2016 Pontiac Trans Am is very likely going to be released in some high-end luxury trim levels in order to allow everyone to find luxury once again in a GM brand besides Cadillac. The only problem we see here is that the Trans Am might get too expensive for people to buy but until it is released at the end of the year, these are only rumors.
Engine @ Pontiac Trans Am 2016
Probably the one part of the car we don’t expect to see any upgrades is under the hood where the new Trans Am is supposed to use roughly the same engines as the Camaro. While the base model will use a 2.0 liter turbocharged mill with around 280 horsepower, the mid-range model is expected to get a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with as much as 350 horsepower and no more than 400 lb-ft of torque, enough for a hassle-free cruising speed of well over 140 MPH.
If you want true muscle car and properly resurrected Trans AM you need to at least consider big naturally aspirated engine. Like for Camaro, we might see 6.2 liter V8 capable of pumping about 455 hp. Supercharged or turbocharged versions with more cubic inches are in rumors so it will be interesting to see what happens if GM really decides to bring back Trans AM.
There are more than a few problems with this story. We know that Pontiac brand has been shut down, and we are aware that GM will not bring it back. If that is the case what badge Trans AM will go? Rumors like these we could hear for many times and nothing happened, is the same situation once again?
Video of Trans Am