TG plays Smokey and the Bandit with a 717bhp Trans Am

Now, decades after Smokey and the Bandit cemented the Trans Am into muscle-car folklore, the screaming chicken has been reborn. Pontiac is no longer with us, but the team at Trans Am Worldwide (TAW), new owners of the Trans Am name, have done a remarkable job of converting a Chevrolet Camaro SS into the authentic tribute you see here.

This is the range-topping Bandit Edition, complete with removable T-top panels, black and gold in all the right places and a 7.4-litre V8 with a 2.9-litre twin-screw supercharger producing 717bhp and 1,127Nm of torque – that’s more twist than the twin-turbo V12 in a Mercedes-AMG SL65. Yikes. And before you ask, yes, it comes with a Stetson as standard.  

Our mission is simple: to take the ’77 Trans Am’s spiritual successor and follow in its father’s tracks. We have 28 hours to buy some beer in Texas and get back to our starting point – the very Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta where Bandit once plied his trade. Sounds easy? In the movies, perhaps, but in the real world, eating, sleeping, refuelling and photography will need to be budgeted for. And when you’ve got a car like this, where’s the fun in taking the direct route? Start the clock.