The 455 Super Duty may look like a sixth-generation Camaro with a body kit, but there’s a lot more to the Pontiac-converted Chevy than meets the eye. Under the hood sits a 7.4-liter V8 engine with a 2.3-liter Magnuson supercharger, which is making an absolutely colossal 1,000 horsepower and 1,076 lb-ft of torque.
Such a crazy power plant requires an expert builder, so Trans Am Depot employed legendary NASCAR engine builder Joey Arrington to make the 1,000 hp V8 a possibility. Arrington’s race engine company, Race Engines Plus, handled the design and engineering process for the engine and helped Trans Am Depot meets its lofty goals for the 455 Super Duty’s motor. Race Engines Plus also makes engines for NASCAR, NHRA and SCCA race teams, so they clearly know their way around a V8.
The body, meanwhile, was designed by Swedish designer Bo Zolland and Trans Am Dept’s in-house designer/engineer Tom Sawyer. Those well-styled body panels are also lighter than the Camaro’s, with Trans Am depot making the hood, front and rear fascias, fenders, trunklid and rear spoiler from carbon fiber. Thanks to these upgrades, along with some other add-ons such as Brembo brakes, the 455 Super Duty will also handle, accelerate and brake much better than the Camaro on which it’s based.
The price for all this Pontiac-branded goodness? Well, prices start at $110,000 but with many options available, it’s not hard to push the price close to $200,000. It’s a lot of money, but it’s certainly more attainable than the near-$1 million electric C7 Corvette – the Genovation GXE. Then again, we’re not sure if the same people who want an electric Corvette are the same people who would want a 1,000 hp Camaro with some Pontiac body panels.