Rotational state distributions and state-selected CM-frame angular distributions were measured for HCl (v' = 0, j') products from the reaction of Cl-atoms with tetramethylsilane (TMS) under single collision conditions at a collision energy, E-coll, of 8.2 +/- 2.0 kcal mol(-1). The internal excitation of these products was very low with only 2% of the total energy available partitioned into HCl rotation. A transition state with a quasi-linear C-H-Cl moiety structure was computed and used to explain this finding. A backward peaking differential cross section was also reported together with a product translational energy (T') distribution with a maximum at T' similar to E-coll. This scattering behaviour is accounted for by reactions proceeding through a tight transition state on a highly skewed potential energy surface, which favours collisions at low impact parameters with a strong kinematic constraint on the internal excitation of the products. The large Arrhenius pre-exponential factor previously reported for this reaction is reconciled with the tight differential scattering observed in our study by considering the large size of the TMS molecule.