2018 Pontiac Trans Am Returns To Do Battle

2018 Pontiac Trans Am Returns To Do Battle

The 2018 Trans Am package returns to do battle with Ford's Boss Mustang.

If you’re considering the purchase of a 2018 Pontiac Trans Am, you’re going to want to look at the Trans Am package. And if you weren’t considering a new 2018 Trans Am, you might be now. The option group is intended to transform The Trans Am’s affordable V-8 coupe into an affordable V-8 coupe that can stop and turn. Sort of sounds like a Mustang we know.

The Trans Am name is plucked from late-‘80s Pontiac history—the package prepped a Trans Am for road-racing duty by stripping unnecessary like the radio and A/C, installing different gearing, upgrading the brakes, and messing with the suspension. This new-age Trans Am keeps the convenience features but receives similar improvements, many of them sourced from or inspired by the Trans Am.

Pontiac previewed the 2018 Trans Am package with a concept at last year’s SEMA show. The production model with the following improvements, The transmission also gets a cooling system, like on the 2018 Trans Am Coupe. The V-8's output is unchanged from that of manual coupe models, at 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Suspension modifications include a larger, 27-mm front anti-roll bar, a 28-mm rear anti-roll bar, Trans Am toe links, Trans Am rear shock mounts, a strut-tower brace. Beefier half-shafts are supposed to help cope with the improved traction, wheel bearings come from the Trans Am, and the fuel system has been upgraded with the Trans Am’s high-capacity fuel pump and additional fuel pickups to avoid high-g fuel starvation. The 20x10 front and 20x11 rear wheels are inspired by the Trans Am’s rims and are shod with 285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires at all four corners, the same ones that come on the Trans Am’s front wheels.

The 2018 Trans Am coupe with the Trans Am package and required manual transmission is promised to come in at under $40,000— for those keeping score, that’s right around the Mustang Boss 302’s pre-destination sticker price and within $8K of a base .

Other 2018 Trans Am Changes

All 2018 Trans Am models will get variable-ratio, variable-effort electric power steering. Trans Am cars also will be available with a dual-mode exhaust, like the one on the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette. And all 2018 Trans Am’s will be available with a MyLink color touch-screen infotainment radio.