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Car news | 28.03.2013 - 17:51

Pontiac Trans AM History & Performance

The Pontiac Firebird was built by the General Motors through their Pontiac Division and was produced between the years 1967 and 2002.
Pontiac Trans Am
1977 Pontiac Trans Am by Pinkeeā€™s Rod Shop

The Pontiac Firebird was built by the General Motors through their Pontiac Division and was produced between the years 1967 and 2002.

When Pontiac upgraded the Firebird by placing better handling, horsepower and suspension, the Firebird Trans AM was born. Several modifications to the Pontiac Trans AM such as appearance retouches, setting up of exclusive hoods and fog lights and the inclusion of better wheels, Pontiac Trans AM was born.

Here are some reviews about your favorite Pontiac Trans AM vehicles starting with the 1967 version up until the 2002 vehicles.

Pontiac Trans AM History

Before the Movie 'Smokey and Bandit' the Pontiac Trans AM was an ordinary car. 1977 however proved an iconic year as this car, popularized by the movie was embraced by all demographics and gender. This was its 10 year anniversary and there was indeed a lot to celebrate.

Rolled out together with the Chevy Camaro to challenge the Ford Mustang, the Pontiac Trans AM had to be adapted fast to match the fine trappings of America’s original sports coupe. The body work indeed almost looked copied if not for the different touch of the nose and tail and other slight differences that were intended to make the Pontiac Trans AM more exciting for buyers. In this regard both convertible and coupe body styles were made available.

The Pontiac Trans AM got its act together immediately by producing performance based car that obediently delivered torque through the 400 cubic inch v8 engine. With the dawn of the 70s, GM went back to the drawing board to redesign a new Pontiac Trans AM that was only available as a coupe with sleep looks.

More Performance

The performance reputation of the Pontiac Trans AM vehicles, however, was placed on the back burner while the designers at Pontiac decided to give the coupe a more extroverted approach with white body graphics and spoilers. The third generation of Pontiac Trans AM appeared in the 80's, and in 1982 the Pontiac Trans AM was a coupe with a lighter, wedge shaped hatch back body and was spotting the now iconic flip-up headlights of the time. Pontiac were blazing the trail.

By the middle off the decade, Pontiac also added to the Pontiac Trans AM, a powerful v8 to ensure that the handling wonder is delivered with great power. Up until 1993, the Pontiac Trans AM came with a v8 engine, and also had the choice between convertible and coupe came with a rear-drive chassis and great styling. The 1990's v8 offered more than 300 horse power covering a quarter of a mile in 13 seconds. Impressive at the time.

Between the years 1993 and 2002, the last Pontiac Trans AM generation stepped into the scene. Above all else, this vehicle provided the driver with great performance effectively packaged in a great coupe body style. At first, the coupe body offered came with additional 3.4liter v6 engine that delivered an undying 160hp and had a transmission choice of 5 speed or six speed.

Return of the convertible

Not to be out for long, the Pontiac Trans AM convertible made its return in 1994, and in 1995 the 3.8 liter, 200hp v6 engine became the standard engine on the vehicle. 1996 was an iconic year for Pontiac Trans AM which was now offered with a v8 engine that created 285hp of power and had ram air induction that boosted output to 305hp.

In 1998, the Pontiac Trans AM was refreshed to have a more powerful LS-1 5.7 liter v8 engine that produced up to 305hp of 320 with the ram air fixed. Some slight changes to the trims and an increase in the power produce t 310 hp for a v8 engine on the Pontiac Trans AM.

In 2002, Pontiac celebrated 35 years of the Pontiac Trans AM and splashed some graphic pain on the vehicles bodywork to celebrate. Still fast and stylish, the Pontiac lacked a stylish interior and bodywork, and soon clients were noticing that the vehicle used an abundance of plastic in the interior. The Pontiac still retained the affordability, maybe making it remain competitive. The early Pontiac Trans AM was not a speed vehicle. It had to be refined over time to become a fast machine. The first hatch back coupe was available as a base, luxury or Trans Am.

It power was registered at 90hp with a 2.5 liter inline engine that could seamlessly deliver 165 hp on a 5 liter v8 engine. Between the 80's and 90's, this was immediately rectified to have 210 hp on a 5.7 liter v8. This Pontiac Trans AM could deliver a quarter of a mile on 15 seconds. Well into the 90's, the Pontiac Trans AM could deliver 240hp on a 5.7 liter v8.

The first Pontiac Trans AM vehicles therefore may not offer potential owners great reliability and performance compared to the latest model as this was not a major consideration then. However, later Pontiac Trans AM delivered on the power, speed and handling.

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