Trans Am Depot’s 1500 HP 70/SS Is A Camaro That Thinks It’s A Chevelle Super Sport

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS is one of the most recognizable cars from the golden age of muscle thanks to its quad headlights, simple rectangular grille and broad nose-to-tail stripes. And 52 years later, it’s back, though some modern Camaros may have been hurt in the process.

Trans Am Worldwide, the Florida-based Pontiac specialist already well-known for making new Camaros look like second-generation Firebirds of the late 1970s and even 1969 GTOs, decided to resurrect the classic Super Sport Chevelle by following a similar recipe, calling the result the 70/SS.

Starting with a modern Camaro convertible (a coupe won’t be offered), Trans Am Worldwide is offering buyers three different power options, with the base engine being a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that puts out 450 hp (456 hp) to rear wheels via a choice between a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic.

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A 396 V8 pushing a claimed 900 hp (912 hp) rear wheel power, which must have cam lobes like saw blades, is next on the menu, and it’s crazy as things get less that you are one of the 25 buyers allocated the top of the range LS6/X.

Named after the legendary LS6-coded V8 offered in 1970 Chevelles and Corvettes whose rated 450 hp (456 hp) made it even more powerful on paper than Chrysler’s mighty 426 Hemi, this halo engine comes with a pair of turbochargers and a 1,500 PS (1,521 hp) idler rear wheel. Despite the bonkers output, Trans Am Worldwide describes the engine as “streetable,” although exactly how enjoyable its driving manners with that type of output are remains to be seen.

The 70/SS’s new front and rear fascias are pretty convincing, and arguably work just as well as the same company’s attempts to pass the Camaro off as a Firebird or GTO. You also get those iconic stripes, an induction hood, and a choice of eight heritage colors, 10 modern metallics, or the option to have your car painted to a sample you provide.

Other options include brake and wheel upgrades and a removable hardtop, but it looks like a vinyl bench seat and column shifter came out. In fact, the interior is basically unchanged, though a new gear lever, vintage-style stitching patterns on the upholstery, and a few stylish retro dials are nice touches, as are the old-school door handles that you will have to manage to enter. the car.

Unlike so many new cars made to look old, the SS/70 looks pretty good. But with a base price of around $150,000 and the ability to spend a lot more, it should be. That’s enough to buy an original 1970 Chevelle SS 454 convertible in award-winning packaging ($103,000, according to Hagerty), and an all-new 2022 Camaro SS convertible with the 6.2-liter V8 to match. Which would you choose?

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