One of the things I love about Las Vegas is that it’s guided by one simple principle: if you have enough money, anything your twisted mind can cook up is available. That seems to be the guiding principle behind the Lingenfelter Trans Am as well. Not content to just bolt on a few fiberglass body panels and call it a day, Ken Lingenfelter and crew have gone over just about every square inch of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro in order to transform it into a modern Pontiac Trans Am. In fact, only the doors and the roof panel remain unmolested; every other component of the sheetmetal gets a Trans Am makeover. The resulting car, which looks like a futuristic 1972 Pontiac Trans Am, is stunning and is easily the best looking Trans Am tribute built to date.
And don’t think the Lingenfelter re-work ends with the outside. In fact, the real beauty is what they done with the Camaro’s motor. Gone is the stock 6.2 liter LS3 motor, replaced by a Lingenfelter built 455, complete with aluminum block, ported & polished heads, a hotter cam and low restriction intake. The motor puts out 655 horsepower and 610 foot pounds of torque, which is enough to require your tire dealer’s phone number on speed dial. Even judicious use of the fun-pedal will quickly convert the massive 335/35-20 tires to smoke.
Lingenfelter is building these in classic color schemes, including red and black, white and blue and black and gold. All this show and go comes with a hefty price tag, though: if you just want to look cool, the V6 version will run you about $85,000. If you want the full-meal-deal, ground pounding V8 hoonmobile, the price of admission starts at about $150,000. That’s not outrageous for what amounts to a hand built automobile, and besides, tires and speeding tickets in your first year will run you way more than that.