Rarely a car comes along that is so analog, so raw, so unfiltered, so scary. You need adult supervision to be behind the wheel of one of these. What we are talking about of course is Carl Black’s 2001 Pontiac Trans Am Blackbird. Only 50 of these Blackbirds were made and the one featured here has been modified even further.
The Blackbird was made by GMMG (now defunct) of Marietta, GA. This was a small tuner operation that modified camaros for dealerships to sell. GMMG was started by Matt Murphy who was a regional manager for SLP (Street Legal Performance). In 2001, Carl Black commissioned GMMG to build 50 cars to be named the Balckbirds. Initially, the modifications included Eibach lowering springs, dimpled brake rotors, 17×9.5 American Racing Torq-Thrust D wheels, exhaust, cold air box as well as some cosmetics such as hood racing stripes, floormats, and badges. Horse power was bumped up to 380hp with 400 lb-ft.
The car featured here has a bit more power at 650hp and 630 lb-ft thanks to the 455 cubic inch LS6. That little monster is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission with a Hurst short throw shifter. A roll cage has been added to project an image of safety but all your fears come to life when your turn the key and realize that you might not make it home tonight. Watch the video of us driving this beast on our channel!