Skip to main content

The new 840-horse Bandit Trans Am would give Smokey a run for his money

It’s been almost four decades since the Pontiac Trans Am was made famous as the co-star of the film “Smokey and the Bandit.” Now that the automaker has since gone bust, the only way for the world to greet a revived classic is through the work of Trans Am Depot, a specialty tuning shop that has introduced a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro-based limited-edition Trans Am.

That’s not all, Trans Am fans, the other co-star of “Smokey and the Bandit,” Burt Reynolds, has signed each of the 77 examples of the new car and was there to introduce the vehicle.

Worthly reports that when asked about the rise of the Trans Am and the movie that made it famous, Reynolds says, “it was hot in every way. It was a love story and most guys like a love story with a car in it.”

The movie also had a special place in Trans Am Depot co-founder Tod Womack’s heart. “To see Smokey and the Bandit, it’s like you remember your first kiss, you always remember where you saw the movie, who you were with,” he said. Gee, doesn’t that just make you all warm and fuzzy?

Brother and co-founder Scott Warmack recalls that within two weeks of the movie’s debut, their father bought not one, but two Trans Ams. I’ve never quite understood why people would buy two of the exact same car, especially a new (at the time) vehicle, but hey, if you love something that much …

And the brothers really must love the cars, because since 1977, the two have owned nearly 50 Trans Ams. Obsession? Possibly, but who else better to build a revival of the iconic Bandit-mobile?

For a long time, the Warmack brothers have been told that Burt Reynolds needs to be part of their business, and finally their dream has come true.

Miles Branman
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Miles Branman doesn't need sustenance; he needs cars. While the gearhead gene wasn't strong in his own family, Miles…
Kia EV3: release date, performance, range, and more
White Kia EV3

Kia is on a roll. Hot on the heels of the success of the Kia EV6 and EV9, the company is already announcing what could be its cheapest electric vehicle yet -- the Kia EV3.

The Kia EV line seems to follow the rule of lower numbers indicating a lower price — and if so, the EV3 will end up being the cheapest electric car Kia has released to date. That, however, thankfully doesn’t mean that the EV3 will be a low-end car — it just means that Kia may be pushing the boundaries on electric car pricing.

Read more
Kia EV3 vs Tesla Model Y: Can Kia’s new entry-level car take on Tesla?
White Kia EV3

The Kia EV3 is finally coming, and it could well end up being the best small-size electric SUV to buy when it finally rolls out. It's smaller than the Kia EV9, but it offers many of the same design elements and features. But there's another small-size electric car that's currently one of the most popular vehicles out there -- the Tesla Model Y.

How does the Kia EV3 compare with the Tesla Model Y? And is one vehicle actually better than the other? We put the Kia EV3 and the Tesla Model Y head-to-head to find out.
Design
The design of the Kia EV3 is very different than that of the Model Y, though they're both reasonably good-looking vehicles.

Read more
Entry-level Cadillac Optiq EV promises 300 miles of range for $54,000
2025 Cadillac Optiq front three quarter view.

The 2025 Cadillac Optiq will be the General Motors luxury brand's entry-level EV when it starts production late this fall. But it won't have entry-level specs.

After unveiling the Optiq in November 2023, Cadillac is now filling in some of the blanks on this electric crossover SUV's spec sheet. We now know that the Optiq will feature a standard dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain tuned for 300 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, along with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack providing an estimated range of over 300 miles. Like other GM EVs, the Optiq will be capable of one-pedal driving, with regenerative braking adjustable via a steering wheel paddle.

Read more