The heart of the car is a turbocharged 3.8 liter V6 that saw duty first in the Buick Grand National and later in the Pontiac Turbo Pace Car of 1989. They were modestly under-rated, but with a few choice upgrades, they can be some of the most formidable machines on the street. It’s a neat swap into the Camaro’s engine bay, and since the factory already did the engineering on the Turbo Trans Am, it’s very OEM-looking. A few chrome dress-up parts reinforce the show car vibe and it retains all the factory controls, so it starts easily, idles well (if you’re familiar with GM’s V6 turbos, you know they’re not perfect at idle), and pulls like a freight train out on the road. The 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission shifts crisply and allows the V6 to build boost quickly on the roll, and the Camaro’s suspension didn’t need any tweaking to handle the added power. It still has big disc brakes, fat stabilizer bars, and a torque arm rear suspension that really plants the rear end. 4-wheel disc brakes are standard equipment and the custom exhaust system sounds awesome, with a unique sound that turbo lovers will understand. Flashy chrome wheels add to the show car good looks and carry staggered 245/40/18 front and 255/35/20 rear performance radials.
Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States