The crew at Trans Am Depot, famous for their gorgeous Trans Am build program, didn’t simply set out to rebuild a classic on a new chassis. They set out to build their very own version of what a GTO represented to them. And thanks to years of hard work and a perfect blend of old-school cool and modern appointments, we believe they pulled it off perfectly.
Of course, purists will argue that this GTO is nothing more than a new Chevrolet Camaro wrapped in a GTO-style body kit. And they would be right. However, if you’re willing to look past that, you’ll see that the Trans Am Depot 6T9 Goat is much, much more than that. This car is pure excitement wrapped up in nostalgia, style, performance, and persona. It is everything enthusiasts love about the real GTO combined with everything we want from a modern muscle machine. It’s loud, insane, intimidating, attention- grabbing, aggressive, and macho. It’s as much a GTO as it isn’t, but when you see it roll up, none of that really matters. It’s simply gorgeous.
You can thank the body shop at Trans Am Depot for that. Starting with nothing more than a series of renderings and a ’10 Camaro chassis, they sculpted nearly every panel of the GTO in house, blending fiberglass, sheetmetal, and ABS plastic to construct its body. If you look closely, you’ll notice that only the door skins and roofline remain from the original donor car. Everything else is brand new, including the front and rear bumpers, the front and rear quarters, the hood, the trunk, the spoiler, the rockers, the wheels, and the emblems. You may even notice the flat wheelwell tops in both the front and rear quarters, a nod to the flat ’69 openings, which took a ton of work to perfect on the new chassis. The rear quarters have also been widened, flattened, and extended to give the rear of the car a more pronounced stance (and to clear the large 315mm rear tires), which complement the large GTO front fascia.
Over all that slick bodywork are several coats of high-end BASF Onyx Tangerine Metallic Pearl paint, which blends the old school Carousel Red color we expect with a modern pearl.
Details abound, with small touches appearing almost everywhere you look, a constant reminder of the history and pedigree on which this Goat is built. The painted stripe package, for example, flows flawlessly with the bodylines, yet still feels like the original piece. The hood tach, which has been repurposed as a boost gauge, is barely noticeable from some angles, but right in your face when you want it. Every detail—from the rear spoiler to the hideaway headlights (stuffed with modern HID lighting)—has been considered, and the attention to detail is what sets the 6T9 Goat apart from the crowd.
The cabin’s details received the same attention as the exterior. The first thing you notice are the seats, which have been reupholstered in black leather to pay homage to the ’69 buckets, and are adorned with the same ribbed design of the original. Trans Am Depot spent time on the components, adding throwback items, such as the custom-gauge faces, as well as modern ones, like the touchscreen navigation unit. Custom orange stitching throughout the interior ties it back to the exterior paint code, and everything from the “Kevin Morgan Concept 6T9 Goat” emblem to the steering wheel has been upgraded and installed with the utmost care. Inside, it certainly feels different from the older GTOs, but as soon as you grab Second gear on the Hurst shifter, it’s adrenaline pumping, just like the olden days.
Under the custom hood lies the heart of the 6T9 Goat, and as you would expect, it has been upgraded by the team at Trans Am Depot to give The Judge a healthy helping of horsepower. What began as a base LS3 is now a blown beast, putting out much more horsepower than any factory-built Pontiac street car of old. The Trans Am Depot team, readying the LS3 for a long life, pulled the engine prior to finishing the Goat and re-gapped the factory LS3 piston rings before buttoning up the engine. They also added an “old school” hydraulic-roller camshaft from Comp Cams, along with a set of dual valve springs and Yella Terra 1.85:1 roller rockers to give the Judge the sound and power it deserves. Then, the team dropped the engine back in the Goat and bolted up a new Magnuson TVS-2300 supercharger on top for fun.
Fueled by a set of 65–lb-hr injectors and exhausted through a pair of SLP stainless steel, long-tube headers, The Judge laid down 614 rwhp and 610 lb-ft of torque to the rear tires through the factory TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and independent rear end. That’s more than enough power to beat up on brand-new Mustangs
6T9 GTO Standard Equipment:
1) Eibach 1” Drop Spring Kit #38144.140
2) Eibach Anti – Roll Sway Bar Kit # 38144.320
3) Rally II Design 20”x10” Front
4) Rally II Design 20”x11” Rear
5) Pirelli P-Zero 275/40/ZR20 Front Tires
6) Pirelli P-Zero 315/35/ZR20 Rear Tires
7) New 6T9 Style Hood with dual hood scoops
8) Integrated Hand Molded Fender
9) Integrated Hand Molded Front and Rear Quarter Wheel Well
10) 6T9 Depot Front Fascia
11) 6T9 Depot Rear Fascia
12) Rear Spoiler
13) Quad Hide Away LED Angel Eye Head Lights
14) Custom LED Tail Lights and Hide Away Lights
15) Restyled ’69 GTO Style Leather Seats
16) Rerouted Rear Exit Stainless Exhaust Tips
17) Custom Numbered Edition Badge Package
18) Two layer Anodized Custom Sill Plates
19) Embroidered Trans AM Depot The Goat Head Rests, Console lid, and Floor Mats
20) Trans AM Depot “Turned Aluminum” or “Carbon Fiber” look Dash and Door Panel Inserts
21) Custom 6T9 Style “Judge” Striping
22) Hurst Shifter
23) 6T9 Restyled Gauge Package
6T9 GTO Optional upgrades:
Supercharger roots style
Extended Heater hose kit req: with S-Charger
Twin Turbo System
Hand Painted The Judge Graphics
Exterior Color Sanding & Reclear
Granatelli Frame Kit
Coil-Over Adjustable 1”-2” drop
Stainless Long tube headers
Stainless 2.5″ Exhst incl. Stainless long tube headers
Hood Tach Boost Gauge
Powder Coated, C&C’d Brake Calipers
Pioneer Stereo Head Unit Upgrade w/ interface
Want your own 6T9 GTO? Head over to Trans Am Depot and order your own.
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