“Smokey and the Bandit” has gone down as an absolute classic film and the cars of the movie have gone on to transcend their original purpose: they are stars themselves.
For the 40th anniversary of the film, Carspring reimagined the vehicles with modern day counterparts. Despite Pontiac having been sent to the automotive graveyard almost 10 years ago, it didn’t stop artists from imagining a 2017 iteration of the classic 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
Outfitted with a classic black and gold paint scheme—with screaming chicken to boot—the Firebird Trans Am looks ready for Burt Reynolds and the hijinks associated with the film. Clearly taking inspiration from the sixth-generation Camaro, it’s properly retro, but still, it brings Pontiac’s pony car into the modern age.
We’d imagine a reborn Trans Am could be fitted with a 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 engine, borrowed from the hot 2017 Camaro ZL1. The sheriff would have a mighty difficult time keeping up with the modern day, small-block-powered Firebird Trans Am.
Of course, there are a handful of companies that will outfit modern Camaros with Pontiac gear—for a price. We can always take solace in Trans Am Worldwide and its Trans Am Super Duty, which features a 7.5-liter supercharged V8 engine.