Lets be honest, when you think of cars that handle well, the 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am probably isn’t the first to come to mind. Classic muscle cars are big, heavy things, they belong at the drag strip, not on a road course, right?
Well clearly no one told that to Roger Bolliger, the owner of this fully race prepped, widebody, 700hp Pontiac Trans-Am. Here Bolliger is piloting the second gen Pontiac up a hillside at Bergrennen Reitnau Hillclimb in Switzerland. Yes, a Trans-Am, performing a hill climb, in Europe.
The sound of the 8.0 L V8 thundering up the hill is impressive but perhaps not as impressive as the way this Trans-Am corners and plants its power. According to the video description, all 700 horses come in at 6,100 RPM with 590 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM. Power is sent to the wheels through a 4 speed manual transmission.
The only thing better than seeing a muscle car tackle the drag strip, is seeing one devour some corners.