I'm that guy who watches NASCAR just to see the cars. I don't know a thing about racing. I really don't. So, naturally, I watched Knight Rider not for the award winning acting (although I do love The Hoff) but to see K.I.T.T.! K.I.T.T. stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand.
The original K.I.T.T. was based on a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am with a 145 horsepower, Chevy 305 up front. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of.
The engine in K.I.T.T was a special "Knight Industries turbojet with modified afterburners". The transmission was an "eight speed microprocessor turbodrive with autopilot" (which, of course, allowed the car drive without any passengers). K.I.T.T. could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 0.2 seconds (turbo boost!) while braking from 70 to 0 mph only took 14 feet. By comparison, a stock '82 Trans AM would take more than 10 seconds to hit 60 and more than 120 feet to stop. Zzzz.
This one here looks like an '82 T/A but is based on a '91. The '91 was similar looking to an '82 so we'll forgive our friend here for not being totally true to the orginal. Check it out. Pretty sweet.