The Ultimate Muscle Car Showdown: Old School vs Modern
The Muscle Car really is the epitome of power and performance, and there’s no better way to prove that than running these highly tuned machines down the quarter-mile. The Wheels YouTube Channel put out a video in which old school muscle cars go head to head against their modern counterparts in a series of drag races.
This Custom 1956 Pontiac Starchief Makes 900 Horses and Costs $1 Million!
Restomods are fun and can be called the car’s second innings. While some are resurrecting it in its same avatar, some cars go through a tremendous transformation. This 1956 Pontiac Star Chief belongs to the elite club. Autotopia LA covered this insane restomod by Fusion Motor Company of a ’56 Star Chief that comes with gorgeous looks, a plush interior, and a 900-horsepower engine under the hood. Such builds don’t come cheap and neither is this one. It costs almost a million bucks!
Jay Leno’s 2002 Pontiac Firebird WS6 Reminds Us That The Early 2000s Were Pretty Awesome
The Pontiac Firebird is one of the unsung heroes among American sports cars. In fact, Motorweek said in a review from 1998 that the Trans Am was the synonym of “Corvette performance for a minivan price.” The reason for that? For 1998, Pontiac fitted its sports car with a 305-horsepower LS1 engine.
Time Travel With Jay Leno’s Garage and Learn About the 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
When it comes to pony cars from the muscle car era, no vehicle from GM is more iconic than the Chevrolet Camaro. Introduced in 1966 as a rival for the popular Ford Mustang, the Camaro was joined in 1967 by the Firebird, Pontiac’s take on GM’s pony. Even though it had a solid following, it wasn’t as popular as the Camaro.
But that changed in 1977 when a Trans Am version of the Firebird was featured in the "Smokey and the Bandit" film. Sales nearly doubled and surpassed 100,000 units a year in 1979, enabling the Firebird to outsell the Camaro for the very first time. Although it wasn’t as powerful as its predecessor from the 1960s, the late 1970s Trans Am is a pretty cool car. Cool enough to make a stop by Jay Leno’s garage.
Pontiac GTO from "xXx" Cruises Into Jay Leno’s Garage
The Pontiac GTO was the brainchild of John DeLorean - yup, that DeLorean, Bill Collins, and Russ Gee. Its name was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, which on the Ferrari, meant Gran Turismo Omologato (homologated grand tourer, meaning it could be raced in the GT class). The Pontiac GTO didn’t have the same status, but you might remember how a heavily modded GTO with enough firepower to wipe out a small state made an appearance in xXx, as Xander Cage’s (Vin Diesel) weapon of choice.
The same car was given the honor of being in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, where it was brought by Thom Sherwood, a living GTO encyclopaedia and owner of two GTOs used in 2002’s xXx movie. Stick around for the juiciest details you’ll ever get about the so-called Flame Car.
Throwback Video: Larry King Rolls With Snoop Dogg In Custom 1967 Pontiac Parisienne
You gotta love Snoop Dogg. Not only has he been a driving force in rap music for the past quarter century, but he’s also a simply ludicrously chill dude – that much is evident from the following throwback video. Plucked off YouTube, it’s a short clip from a Larry King episode that aired back in 2010, wherein the TV and radio host gets to hang with Snoop and climb behind the wheel of his custom 1967 Pontiac Parisienne. As you might imagine, hilarity promptly ensues.
The lowrider in question is utterly pristine, draped in Lakers yellow inside and out, sparkling with chrome detailing and looking like a dream from gin and juice. On the hood is an homage to Snoop’s favorite NBA team, while hydraulics put it to the pavement. Although the clip is just a minute and a half long, it’s packed to the brim with entertainment, including King’s attempts to understand dipping and coming to grips with Snoop hitting the switch. Then there’s Snoop’s GPS navigation voiceover, which is something I know you’ll all want after watching this clip.
Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Gets The Spotlight: Video
There aren’t a lot of cars in this world that I will freely admit to having obsessed over at one point in my life. The Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am is one of those cars. I’ve loved this car ever since I first saw Smokey and the Bandit on my uncle’s old Betamax player. That love hasn’t died one bit, which is why I appreciate wholeheartedly what Gregg Hamilton has with his own Firebird Trans-Am.
As somebody who makes a living working for Ken Block, Hamilton is used to being surrounded by fellow grease monkeys who know their way around a rally car even if you tried blindfolding them. Hamilton’s one of them, so instead of letting his job consume his life, he found a different kind of car that eventually became his form of release from the rigors of his job. He bought a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from its previous owner and has made it a personal mission to bring it back to its glorious peak condition.
He admits that there’s still some work left to be done on the Firebird, but what he has right now, including the big V-8 engine and the manual transmission, is impressive enough in its own, right? Oh, and that gold Firebird livery on the hood of the car, well that brings back so many memories of my own.
Check out this episode of Petrolicious because it’s a really good one. Take the word of someone who has loved the Firebird Trans-Am since he was five years old.
Valentine’s Day Special – Spread The Car Love
There’s really one good reason you’re reading these words right now – you love cars. Non-car people don’t get it. They laugh and roll their eyes, calling it a waste of time to fix up that old beater, a waste of money to get out to the track for another weekend. That’s ok – let ‘em. Of course it doesn’t make sense to them. They don’t know the joy of finally getting an engine to spark back to life. They don’t know the thrill of setting a new personal best lap time. Too bad for them.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve assembled five videos that are sure to remind you why you love cars. We’ve got a little bit of everything here, from Euro speed to Japanese tech, ground-up rebuilds to expansive muscle car car collections.
So sit back, hit play, and when you’re done, treat yourself to a drive.
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Early Pontiac Trans Ams are very easy to love. They had classic muscle car looks and huge amounts of power. But by the late 70s, emissions-neutered engines were just sad, and the styling was overcompensating by getting more outrageous. Liking these later Trans Ams is something of a guilty pleasure, ’cause they’re just so cheesy; but they still have their fans, and the reviewer in this video and myself are two of them. And the Trans Am in the video is one of the easiest of its generation to love, as its a rare Turbo model.
GM would figure out how to make turbocharging genuinely badass a few years after the car in this video was made, and while the 1982-1987 Buick Grand National was amazing, this ’81 Turbo Trans Am isn’t quite there. But that’s okay, because the audacity it takes to cover the entire hood of a car with a giant screaming chicken (the common slang term for the Trans Am eagle logo, it’s used several times in the video without explanation) sort of excuses a lot.
If you were a kid of the 80’s like I was, you probably have a soft spot in your memory for K.I.T.T. like I do. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, K.I.T.T. is the hopped-up Pontiac Firebird Trans Am David Hasselhoff used as a crime fighter in Knight Rider, well before he traded his trademark black leather jacket for those bright-red lifeguard trunks. In any case, The Afficionados produced a video review of K.I.T.T. that brought back a lot of memories, largely because the replica car looks almost identical to the TV car I came to grow and love.
The replica K.I.T.T. car is actually owned by Jennifer Catano, who, like me, grew up as a big fan of Knight Rider. But her devotion to the show, especially to the car, remains to this day, which is why I admire her dedication in building her own K.I.T.T. car. It’s got pretty much everything that the show car had, including the trademark all-black look, the iconic scanner, and the plane-like dashboard with all those switches.
It’s an incredible piece of restoration that even caught the Hoff’s attention. Yes. David Hasselhoff is in this video and he even got a chance to drive K.I.T.T. around like a certified boss.
This is a the true personification of a walk down memory lane. The only thing missing is K.I.T.T. actually talking.
Mobil 1 and Tony Stewart — Smoke to most of us — are up to a whole new bag of tricks with their commercials. This time around, they borrowed the plot of one of every car buff’s favorite classic car flicks, Smokey and the Bandit. As expected, Tony plays the Bandit — a role once reserved for Burt Reynolds — and he is driving a Trans Am nearly identical to the 1976 Trans Am that originally starred in the movie.
So far, Mobil 1 has released three episodes of the six-part series and a trailer. If you’ve watched the original Smokey and the Bandit movies, then you will appreciate that a lot of the scenes are nearly identical to the original, save for a few humorous modifications. If you have not seen the original movies yet, I suggest watching them before checking out this series — you’ll definitely need to have the original plot in mind to really grasp these remakes.
We’ll pass on the remaining episodes as Mobil 1 releases them, so keep it locked on TopSpeed.
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Turn 10 Studios, the makers of the Forza Motorsport gaming franchise, have released an early holiday present for rabid Forza 4 gamers out there. The December IGN Pack for Forza 4 was made available last week and comes with a grocery list of some of the finest digital rides you can have in the game.
Among the highlight vehicles included in the December IGN Pack are the Suzuki Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special, the very same car that Monster Tajima used to break the ten-minute barrier at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb earlier this year.
In addition to the specially-prepped Suzuki, the pack also includes a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, a 1977 Escort RS1800, a 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT, and a 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S, to name a few.
All in all, the December IGN Pack will include 10 new vehicles that you can enjoy over the holidays. The pack is available through XBox Live so if you want to get your hands on a new set of awesome rides to put in your Forza garage, Turn 10 Studios is your hook-up.
Imagine cruising along a highway on a relatively peaceful day and, all of a sudden, a Pontiac Firebird blasts through on the left side, hits the guard rail, and gets sent straight up into the air before breaking into three pieces and disintegrating in a matter of seconds right before your very eyes.
Totally unbelievable, right? It also happened. Recently, in fact.
The scene was the I-675 highway in Ohio where a police cruiser was driving along with the in-car camera turned on. What happened next was a scene straight out a Michael Bay movie. A Pontiac Firebird driven by a 19-year old blasted past the cruiser and proceeded to do the launch and crash right in front of the flabbergasted police officer.
Miraculously, the driver of the Firebird survived the crash, but is in critical condition after being airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital. While we’re hoping that he fights his way back to recovery, we don’t know what on Earth this guy was doing when he decided to use the guard rail as an off-ramp.