Knight Rider's Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Gets Digitally Modernized, Do We Like KITT?

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Over the years, there have been many pop culture references regarding various entertainment ideas – and Star Wars was undoubtedly one of the originators of the trend.
Following its success, there were many Sci-Fi stories to be told – and the people in charge were careful not to mimic the same journey. As such, during the 1980s, there were countless ideas – including one that applies very well to today's age of artificial intelligence. We are talking about the original Knight Rider television series from 1982 to 1986 starring David Hasselhoff as the titular character Michael Knight, and the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as the Knight Industries Two Thousand, or KITT, a virtually indestructible high-tech car governed by artificial intelligence.

Thanks to its premise and the following sequels (including made-for-TV movies, follow-up television series, video games, and more), the franchise has developed a cult following that hasn't vanished, although the last time we saw an entry into the series was in 2008. If you need an example, even the imaginative realm of digital car content creators has searched for a modern take on Knight Rider. For example, Oscar Vargas, the virtual artist better known as wb.artist20 on social media, continues to dream of automotive stuff that can't be made in the garage – like an updated KITT for the Knight Rider franchise.

He's been preoccupied with odd stuff for a while now, like a fanged all-new Dodge Viper supercar that was developed into the car for the remake of the 1990s Viper series – another automotive-based action flick that involves fighting crime and delivering justice in the Viper Defender. But he also thought about veritable short-wheelbase Ford Bronco' roadsters,' a boat masquerading as a Dodge Charger Ute (coupe utility), or a Camaro that had a baby with a Corvette that's motivated by the ZZ 632 crate engine!

Obviously, he's got a wacky line of thought, and an updated Knight Rider KITT falls right into that category. So, as far as we can tell, the pixel master started off with the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, which gets the strobing light effect at the front, a slammed widebody appearance, a menacing black color with matching aero wheels, plus a retro-futuristic design that's unlike anything we have seen from Pontiac until its demise back in 2010. So, what do you think?

Frankly, if Pontiac were revived out of the bloom by the corner office head honchos over at General Motors, they most likely wouldn't think of a continuation series for the Knight Rider franchise and the beloved KITT sentient automobile. However, bringing back the Firebird Trans Am wouldn't be such a bad idea, especially now that GM has also retired from production the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro in favor of exclusively focusing on the C8 Corvette and its Stingray, Z06, E-Ray, ZR1, and Zora derivatives.

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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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