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Pontiac Firebird Trans-am seicont generation

The Pontiac Firebird wis built bi the Pontiac division o General Motors atween 1967 an 2002. The Firebird wis introduced the same year as its platform-sharin cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro. This coincidit wi the release o the 1967 Mercury Cougar, which shared its platform wi anither pony caur, the Ford Mustang.

The vehicles wur, for the maist pairt, pouered bi various V8 ingines o different GM divisions. While primarily Pontiac-pouered till 1977, Firebirds wur built wi several different ingines frae nearly ivery GM division till 1982 when GM began tae discontinue ingines it felt wur unneedit an either spread successful designs frae individual divisions amang aw divisions or uise new ingines o corporate architecture.[1]

Firebird Trans Am[eedit | eedit soorce]

1972 Pontiac Trans Am
1974 Pontiac Trans Am
1978 Pontiac Trans Am
1987 Pontiac Trans Am
A modified 3rd generation Trans Am used as KITT.
1989 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am Convertible (TTA)

The Trans Am wis a specialty package for the Firebird, typically upgradin handlin, suspension, an horsepouer, as well as minor appearance modifications such as exclusive hoods, spoilers, fog lichts an wheels. In uisin the name Trans Am, a registered trademark, GM agreed tae pay $5 per caur sauld tae the SCCA.[2] Fower distinct generations wur produced atween 1969 an 2002. These caurs wur built on the F-body platform, which wis an aa shared bi the Chevrolet Camaro.

The seicont generation wis available frae 1970 tae 1981 an wis featured in the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit, the 1978 movie Hooper an the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II. The third generation, available frae 1982 to 1992, wis featured in the 1983 movie Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 an the 1984 movie Alphabet City. KITT, the automotive star o the popular 1980s TV series Knight Rider, wis a modified third generation Trans Am. The fowert generation Trans Am, available frae model years 1993 tae 2002, affered atween 275 bhp (205 kW) an 325 bhp (242 kW).

Engines[eedit | eedit soorce]

First generation[eedit | eedit soorce]

1969 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac Ram Air III V8 366 bhp (273 kW) 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac Ram Air IV V8 370 bhp (280 kW) 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac Ram Air V V8 (rare dealer-installed option) 500 bhp (370 kW)

Seicont generation[eedit | eedit soorce]

1970 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac Ram Air III V8 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac Ram Air IV V8 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac Ram Air V V8 (rare dealer-installed option)
1971 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac H.O. V8
1972 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac H.O. V8
1973 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac V8 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac S.D. V8
1974 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac V8 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac V8 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac S.D. V8
1975 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac V8 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac V8
1976 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac V8 455 cu in (7.5 L) Pontiac V8
1977 403 cu in (6.6 L) Oldsmobile V8 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac W72 V8
1978 403 cu in (6.6 L) Oldsmobile V8 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac W72 V8
1979 301 cu in (4.9 L) Pontiac V8 403 Oldsmobile 400 cu in (6.6 L) Pontiac W72 V8
1980 301 cu in (4.9 L) Pontiac V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Chevrolet V8 (4 speed ae) 301 cu in (4.9 L) Pontiac turbo V8
1981 301 cu in (4.9 L) Pontiac V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Chevrolet V8 (4 speed ae) 301 cu in (4.9 L) Pontiac turbo V8

Third generation[eedit | eedit soorce]

Frae 1982 on aw engines are Chevrolet sourced, unless statit itherwise.

1982 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Cross-Fire Injection V8 (First year for fuel injection in Trans Am)
1983 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Cross-Fire Injection V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 H.O. (662 were made, all 5-speeds)
1984 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel H.O. V8 (1500 anniversary edition models wur made, 500 of them 5 speed)
1985 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Tuned Port Injection V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel H.O. V8 H.O. (5 speed ae)
1986 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Tuned Port Injection V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 (5 speed only)
1987 305 cu in (5.0 L) 4 barrel V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Tuned Port Injection V8 350 cu in (5.7 L) Tuned Port Injection V8
1988 305 cu in (5.0 L) Throttle Body Injection V8 305 cu in (5.0 L)} Tuned Port Injection V8 350 cu in (5.7 L) Tuned Port Injection V8
1989 305 cu in (5.0 L) Throttle Body Injection V8 305 cu in (5.0 L) Tuned Port Injection V8 50 cu in (5.7 L) Tuned Port Injection V8 231 cu in (3.8 L) Buick Turbo V6
1990 305 cu in (5.0 L)} Tuned Port Injection V8 350 cu in (5.7 L) Tuned Port Injection V8
1991 305 cu in (5.0 L) Tuned Port Injection V8 350 cu in (5.7 L) Tuned Port Injection V8
1992 305 cu in (5.0 L) Tuned Port Injection V8 350 cu in (5.7 L) Tuned Port Injection V8

Fowert generation[eedit | eedit soorce]

1993-1997 5.7 L (347.8 cu in) LT1 V8
1998-2002 5.7 L (347.8 cu in) LS1 V8

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Gunnel, John Standard Catalog of Firebird 1967–2002 (Krause Publications, 2002) p. 89
  2. "Edmund's Pontiac Firebird History". Retrieved December 12, 2007. 

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