Donut Media host and comedian Byron Bowers took a trip down memory lane during this week’s episode of their show Miracle Whips. In the show, Byron drives a new car every week that the teams finds using Drive Share by Hagerty, who sponsors the YouTube show, as he hunts to find the car he claims he will drive for the rest of his life. This week Byron drove the Knight Industries Two Thousand, aka KITT.
Or at least, he drove a replica of the car that starred in the television show Knight Rider. Like the show car, this replica was built on a 1982 third-generation Pontiac Trans Am. In 1982, the Trans Am had two standard 305 cubic inch V8’s to choose from. The LG4 305 cubic-inch V8 produced 145 horsepower at 4,000 RPM and 240 ft/lb at 2,000 RPM, and came mated to a Borg-Warner four-speed manual transmission. The LU5 305 cubic-inch V8 with Corvette-inspired Crossfire-injection was rated at 165 horsepower at 4200 RPM and 240 ft/lb at 2400 RPM, and came mated to the TH-200c 3-speed automatic transmission.
Byron was disappointed to find out that this Knight Industries Two Thousand replica was not equipped with all of the gadgets that the car so famously used in Knight Rider. While KITT was known to reach speeds in excess of 300 MPH in the Knight Rider show, Byron soon came to realize the limitations of the LU5 V8 that still sits at the heart of this Pontiac Trans Am. Despite his complaints on the cars inability to go fast, or handle all that well, Byron was drawn to the style and presence that this modified Pontiac Trans Am gives off.
In the end, the Knight Industries Two Thousand wasn’t the car that Byron is looking for. Whether it was the cars performance, KITT’s constant vying for someone named Michael, or Byron’s concerns about how this modified Pontiac Trans Am may affect his dating life, we are disappointed that we won’t be seeing more of these two together.