The front fascia screams GTO, with the awesome hideaway headlights, the pointed ’69-style
The streets were quiet; the sidewalks clear. The Tallahassee police force had the capitol and the Florida Supreme Court on lock-down and the only movement was the occasional hustle of a cameraman. Finally, the silence and stillness was broken. You could hear it long before you could see it … the lope of a big camshaft, the whine of the supercharger, the sound that only a 600-plus horsepower LS3 could make. And then, it appeared. The 6T9 Goat “The Judge” had arrived, and for the next two-and-a-half hours, court was in session.
Inspired by a sketch done by the one and only Kevin Morgan, the ’14 Trans Am Depot 6T9 Goat is as much a stylized rendering as it is a real machine. It’s obviously inspired by the ’69 GTO that we all know and love, but it wasn’t built as a replica.
You see, 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. What you see before you isn’t simply the return of The Judge. It is a changing of the guard.
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 the 50,000-foot technical overview of this creation, 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.
We can thank the body men 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 Goat 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, giving the 6T9 Goat a new-to-the-dealer-showroom look without forgetting where it all came from.
Under the hood, it’s all business, with a Magnuson supercharged LS3 putting out over 600 r
Details, details, details. Even the engine covers received coats of the Tangerine Metallic
Trans Am Depot’s modern take on the Pontiac Rally II wheels had us excited from the minute
The stripe package was a nice touch, and it is hand painted and oh-so-smoothly applied und
Court is in session.
The decision is made—The Judge sets itself apart in every single way from the Camaro, and
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.
Inside, it’s all about comfort and functionality. The custom leatherwork, orange stitching
The custom gauge faces really set off the interior and tie everything back in to the overa
… especially when you take a look at the seats. Designed after the ’69 buckets, these thro
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, something we made sure to prove in front of the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
Don’t believe it? Check out the video at TransAmDepot.com and find out how to order one of these limited edition 6T9 Goats, that is if you think you can find room in your Pontiac garage for a modern take on a classic GTO.
It’s not for everyone, but for those enthusiasts looking to take it to the next level, blending old and new in a timeless manner, we think the 6T9 Goat “The Judge” brings it all to the table in a near-perfect package.