Details about New 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Diecast model in 1:18 scale..See original listing
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New 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Diecast model in 1:18 scale..
This is a New and Boxed diecast model of a 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Diecast model in 1:18 scale, by Road Signature. This one still having the plastic strips holding doors-bonnet closed.
Its in a Smart Metallic Bronze colour and a 2 Tone detailed interior and smart Silver wheels.
* Both doors open showing fine detail even inside door too.
* All wheels turn freely of course.
* Front wheels are linked to the steering wheel.
* Engine in good detail, many parts identifiable.
* Great detail inside with wheel,
gearstick, handbrake all shown, plus dash,drivers foot
pedals, gauges in full colour, and more.
* Great detail externally with all
lens's coloured realistically,smart alloy wheels, even mirrors
are reflective, and a fantastic paint work colour as well.
* Comes with display stand and model name plate.
* In 1:18 scale by Road signature..
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The Price quoted for Europe is non tracked.
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The Pontiac Firebird was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. The Firebird was introduced the same year as the automaker's platform-sharing model, the Chevrolet Camaro. This coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, which shared its platform with another pony car, the Ford Mustang.
The vehicles were powered by various four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V8 engines sourced from several GM divisions. While primarily Pontiac-powered until 1977, Firebirds were built with several different engines from nearly every GM division until 1982 when GM began to discontinue engines it felt were unneeded and either spread successful designs from individual divisions among all divisions or use new engines of corporate architecture.
First generation (1967–1969)
The first generation Firebirds had a characteristic Coke bottle styling. Unlike its cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro, its bumpers were integrated into the design of the front end and its rear "slit" taillights were inspired by the Pontiac GTO. Both a two-door hardtop and a convertible were offered through the 1969 model year. Originally the car was a "consolation prize" for Pontiac, who had initially wished to produce a two-seat sports car of its own design, based on the original Banshee concept car. However, GM feared such a vehicle would directly compete with Chevrolet's Corvette, and the decision was made to give Pontiac a piece of the pony car market by having them share the F-body platform with Chevrolet.
The base model Firebird came equipped with the OHC inline-6 and a single-barrel carburetor. The next model, the Sprint, had a four-barrel carburetor, developing 215 hp (160 kW). Most buyers opted for one of the V8 engines: the 326 CID (5.3 L) with a two-barrel carburetor producing 250 hp (186 kW); the "H.O." (High Output) engine of the same displacement, but with a four-barrel carburetor and producing 285 hp (213 kW); or the 400 CID (6.6 L) from the GTO with 325 hp (242 kW). A "Ram Air" option was also available in 1968, providing functional hood scoops, higher flow heads with stronger valve springs, and a different camshaft. Power for the Ram Air package was the same as the conventional 400 H.O., but the engine peaked at a higher RPM. The 230 CID (3.8 L) engines were subsequently replaced by 250 CID (4.1 L) ones, the first developing 175 hp (130 kW) using a single-barrel carburetor, and the other 215 hp (160 kW) with a four-barrel carburetor. Also for the 1968 model, the 326 CID (5.3 L) engine was replaced by one with a displacement of 350 CID (5.7 L). An "H.O." version of the 350 CID with a revised cam was also offered starting in that year, developed 320 hp (240 kW). Power output of the other engines was increased marginally. In 1969, a $725 optional handling package called the "Trans Am Performance and Appearance Package,", named after the Trans Am Series, which included a rear spoiler, was introduced. Of these first "Trans Ams," only 689 hardtops and eight convertibles were made. There was an additional Ram Air IV option for the 400 CID engine during that year, complementing the Ram Air III; these generated 345 and 335 hp (250 kW) respectively. The 350 "H.O." engine was revised again with a different cam and cylinder heads resulting in 330 hp (250 kW). During 1969 a special 303 cu in (5.0 L) engine was designed for SCCA road racing applications that was not available in production cars.
The styling difference from the 1967 to the 1968 model was the addition of Federally mandated side marker lights: for the front of the car, the turn signals were made larger and extended to wrap around the front edges of the car, and on the rear, the Pontiac (V-shaped) Arrowhead logo was added to each side. The front door vent-windows were replaced with a single pane of glass. The 1969 model received a major facelift with a new front end design but unlike it's big brother the GTO, it did not have the Endura bumper. The instrument panel and steering wheel were revised. The ignition switch was moved from the dashboard to the steering column with the introduction of GM's new locking ignition switch/steering wheel.
Due to engineering problems that delayed the introduction of the all-new 1970 Firebird beyond the usual fall debut, Pontiac continued production of 1969 model Firebirds into the early months of the 1970 model year (the other 1970 Pontiac models had been introduced on September 18, 1969). By late spring of 1969, Pontiac had deleted all model-year references on Firebird literature and promotional materials, anticipating the extended production run of the then-current 1969 models.
Second generation (1970–1981)
The second generation debut for the 1970 model year was delayed until February 26, 1970, because of tooling and engineering problems; thus, its popular designation as a 1970½ model, while leftover 1969s were listed in early Pontiac literature without a model-year identification.
Replacing the "Coke bottle" styling was a more "swoopy" body style, with the top of the rear window line going almost straight down to the lip of the trunk lid—a look that was to epitomize F-body styling for the longest period during the Firebird's lifetime. The new design was initially characterized with a large C-pillar, until 1975 when the rear window was enlarged.
There were two Ram Air 400 cu in (6.6 L) engines for 1970: the 335 hp (250 kW) Ram Air III (366 hp (273 kW) in GTO) and the 345 hp (257 kW) Ram Air IV (370 hp (280 kW) in GTO) that were carried over from 1969. The difference between the GTO and Firebird engines was the secondary carburetor linkage which prevented the rear barrels from opening completely. Bending the linkage to allow full carburetor operation resulted in identical engine performance.
Curb weights rose dramatically in the 1973 model year due to the implementation of 5 mph (8.0 km/h) telescoping bumpers and various other crash and safety related structural enhancements; SD455 Trans Ams weighed in at 3,850 lb (1,750 kg) in their first year of production (1973 model year).
The 455 engine available in the second generation Firebird Trans Am was arguably the last high-performance engine of the original muscle car generation. The 455 cu in (7.5 L) engine made its first appearance in the Firebird in 1971 as the 455-HO, which continued through the 1972 model year. In 1973 and 1974, a special version of the 455, called the Super Duty 455 (SD-455), was offered. The SD-455 consisted of a strengthened cylinder block that included 4-bolt main bearings and added material in various locations for improved strength. Original plans called for a forged crankshaft, although actual production SD455s received nodular iron crankshafts with minor enhancements. Forged rods and forged aluminum pistons were specified, as were unique high-flow cylinder heads.
The 480737 code cam (identical grind to the RAIV "041" cam) was originally specified for the SD455 engine and was fitted into the "pre-production" test cars (source: former Pontiac Special Projects Engineer Skip McCully*), one of which was tested by both HOT ROD and CAR AND DRIVER magazines. However, actual production cars were fitted with the milder 493323 cam and 1.5:1 rocker ratios, due to the ever-tightening emissions standards of the era. This cam and rocker combination, combined with a low compression ratio of 8.4:1 advertised (7.9:1 actual) yielded 290 SAE net horsepower. It should also be noted that production SD455 cars did not have functional hood scoops, while the "pre-production" test cars did.*
Actual production cars yielded 1/4 mile results in the high 14 to 15.0 second/98 MPH range (sources: MOTOR TREND MAGAZINE, July '73 and Roger Huntington's book, AMERICAN SUPERCAR) – results that are consistent with a 3,850 pound car (plus driver) and the rated 290 SAE net horsepower figure. (An original rating of 310 SAE net horsepower had been assigned to the SD455, though that rating was based on the emissions non-compliant "pre-production" engines, as discussed above. That rating appeared in published 1973 model year Pontiac literature, which had been printed prior to the "pre-production" engines "barely passing*" emissions testing, and the last minute switch to what became the production engine. 1974 model year production literature listed the specifications of the production engine (290 SAE net horsepower).
A production line stock SD455 produced 253 rear wheel HP on a chassis dyno, as reported by HIGH PERFORMANCE PONTIAC magazine (January, 2007). This is also consistent with the 290 SAE Net horsepower factory rating (as measured at the crankshaft). Skip McCully verified that no production SD455s released to the public were fitted with the 480737 cam.* When asked about the compromises for the production SD455 engine, Mr. McCully responded, "Compression, camshaft, jetting, and vacuum advance." He followed by stating that he would have preferred a compression ratio of 10.25:1, a camshaft with 041 valve timing, slightly richer carburetor jetting, and as much vacuum advance as the engine would tolerate.* (*May, 2005 issue of HIGH PERFORMANCE PONTIAC Magazine). Regrettably, that proved to be impossible due to the emissions regulations of the era.
During a 1972 strike, the Firebird (and the sister F-body Camaro) were nearly dropped. Pontiac offered the 455 through the 1976 model year, but tightening restrictions on vehicle emissions guaranteed its demise. Thus, the 1976 Trans Am was the last of the "Big Cube Birds," with only 7,100 units produced with the 455 engine.
The 1974 models featured a redesigned "shovel-nose" front end and new wide "slotted" taillights. In 1974, Pontiac offered two base engines for the Firebird: a 100 hp (75 kW) 250 cu in (4.1 L) inline-6 and a 155 hp (116 kW) 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8. Available were 175 hp (130 kW) to 225 hp (168 kW) 400 cu in (6.6 L) V8 engines, as well as the 455 cu in (7.5 L) produced 215 hp (160 kW) or 250 hp (190 kW), while the SD-455 produced 290 hp (220 kW). The 400, 455, and SD-455 engines were offered in the Trans Am and Formula models during 1974
The 1975 models featured a new wraparound rear window with a revised roofline and the turn signals were moved up from the valance panel to the grills which distinguished it from the previous year model. The Super Duty engine, Muncie 4-speed, and TurboHydramatic were no longer available in 1975. The 400 was standard in the Trans Am and the 455 was optional for both 1975 and 1976 models.
In 1976, Pontiac celebrated their 50th Anniversary, and a special edition of the Trans Am was released. Painted in black with gold accents, this was the first anniversary Trans Am package and the first production Black and Gold special edition. In 1977, Pontiac offered the T/A 6.6 Litre 400 (RPO W72) rated at 200 hp (150 kW), as opposed to the regular 6.6 Litre 400 (RPO L78) rated at 180 hp (130 kW). The T/A 6.6 equipped engines had chrome valve covers, while the base 400 engines had painted valve covers. In addition, California and high-altitude cars received the Olds 403 engine, which offered a slightly higher compression ratio and a more usable torque band than the Pontiac engines of 1977.
A distinctive, slant-nose facelift occurred in 1977, redone somewhat in 1979. From 1977 to 1981, the Firebird used four square headlamps, while the Camaro continued to retain the two round headlights that had previously been shared by both Second Generation designs. The 1977 Trans-Am Special Edition became famous after being featured in Smokey and the Bandit. Later on the 1980 Turbo model was used for Smokey and the Bandit II.
Beginning in 1978, Pontiac engineers reversed years of declining power by raising the compression ratio in the Pontiac 400 through the installation of different cylinder heads with smaller combustion chambers (1977 Pontiac 400 engines also had the 350 heads bolted to the 400 blocks, these heads were known as the 6x-4 heads) (taken from the Pontiac 350). This increased power by 10% for a total of 220 during the 1978–79 model years. The 400/403 options remained available until 1979, when the 400 CID engines were only available in the 4-speed transmission Trans Ams and Formulas (the engines had actually been stockpiled from 1978, when PMD had cut production of the engine). 1979 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Trans Am, and a special anniversary package was made available: silver paint lower paint (with gray upper paint accents) with a silver leather interior. The 10th Anniversary cars also featured a special Firebird hood decal, which extended off of the hood and onto the front fenders. Pontiac produced 7,500 10th Anniversary cars, of which 1,817 were equipped with the Pontiac 400 engine (and coupled with the 4 speed Borg Warner Super T-10 transmission). The only option on these cars was the engine (the 400 was not certified for California, nor was cruise control available with it), which dictated the transmission and the gear ratio (3.23 on the 400 cars, 2.73 on the 403 cars). In 1979 Pontiac sold 116,535 Trans Ams which still holds the record to this day.
Up until the 1979 models, the performance of 400-equipped Firebirds could still be brought up to pre-1970 levels by disabling emissions equipment- removing the catalytic converter and blocking off the exhaust gas recirculation system- and opening up the block off plate to make the hood scoop functional. However, in 1980, due to ever-increasing emissions restrictions, Pontiac dropped all of its large displacement engines.
1980 therefore saw the biggest engine changes for the Trans Am. The 301, offered in 1979 as a credit option, was now the standard engine. Options included a turbocharged 301 or the Chevrolet 305 small block.
In the final year of the Second Generation Firebirds (1981), Trans Am still used the same engines as it had in the previous model year, with the only change being the addition of a new electronic carburetion system.
American rapper Kesha has helped give the car a boost in popularity in recent years. Her own gold '78 Trans Am was used in the music video for her song Tik Tok, was mentioned in Take It Off and even had an entire song (entitled "Gold Trans Am") dedicated to it on her second album, "Warrior",
Third generation (1982–1992)
The availability and cost of gasoline (two fuel crises had occurred by this time) meant the weight and the fuel consumption of the 3rd generation had to be considered in the design. In F-body development, both the third generation Firebird and Camaro were proposed as possible front wheel drive platforms, but the idea was scrapped. The state of the art of computerized engine management was in its infancy, and as long as saving fuel was the primary objective, it was not possible to have high horsepower and torque numbers. They did manage to cut enough weight from the design so that acceleration performance would be better than the 1981 models. They also succeeded in the fuel consumption department, offering a 4-cylinder Firebird that would provide 34 miles per gallon. GM executives decided that engineering effort would best be spent on aerodynamics and chassis development. They created a modern platform, so that when engine technology advanced, they would have a well-balanced package with acceleration, braking, handling, and aerodynamics. For the time being, they would have world class aerodynamics and handling, and excellent fuel economy. (Little did they know that by 1989 the fastest American car on the market would be a Firebird.)
The Firebird and Camaro were completely redesigned for the 1982 model year, with the windshield slope set at 62 degrees, (about 3 degrees steeper than anything GM had ever tried before), and for the first time, a large, glass-dominated hatchback that required no metal structure to support it. Two concealed pop-up headlights, a first on the F-Body cars, were the primary characteristic that distinguished the 3rd Gen Firebird from its both its Camaro sibling and its prior form; (a styling characteristic carried into the 4th Gen's design). In addition to being about 500 lbs (227 kg) lighter than the previous 2nd Gen design, the 3rd Generation Firebird was the most aerodynamic product GM had ever released. Wind tunnels were used to form the new F-Body platform's shape, and Pontiac took full advantage of it. The aerodynamic developments extended to the finned aluminum wheels with smooth hubcaps and a functional rear spoiler.
Firebird-(I4/V6/V8)-Series 2FS (1982–86)
Pontiac I4 [RPO LQ9] (1982–86): Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 151 cid (2.5 L). Bore & stroke: 4.0 x 3.0 in. Compression ratio: (8.2:1: 1982-83), (9.0:1: 1984-86). Brake horsepower: (90: 1982), (90-94: 1983) @ 4000 rpm, (92 @ 4000-4400 rpm: 1984), (88 @ 4400 rpm: 1985-86). Torque: (134: 1982), (132-135: 1983) ft/lbs @ 2400 rpm, (132–134 ft/lbs @ 2800 rpm: 1984-86). Hydraulic valve lifters. Induction: Throttle-body fuel-injected. VIN Code: (2: 1982, 84-86), (R: 1983). (Standard in base Firebird and available only in base Firebird: 1986).
Chevrolet EFI V6 [RPO LB8] (1985–88): Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 173 cid (2.8L: 1988). Bore & stroke: 3.5 x (3.0: 1985-87), (2.99: 1988) in. Compression ratio: (8.5:1: 1985, 88), (8.9:1: 1986-87). Brake horsepower: 135 @ (5100: 1985-87), (4900: 1988) rpm. Torque: (160–165 ft/lbs @ 3600 rpm: 1985-87), (160 ft/lbs @ 3900 rpm: 1988). (Hydraulic valve lifters: 1985-87). Fuel system: (Electronic fuel injection: 1986), (Electronic multi port fuel injection: 1987), (EFI/TBI: 1988). VIN Code: (H: 1985), (S: 1986-88). (Standard in Firebird S/E. Optional in base Firebird. Not available in Trans Am: 1986), (Standard with 5-speed manual transmission in base Firebird. Available with 4-speed automatic transmission in base Firebird: 1987), (Standard in base Firebird. Produced in U.S., Canada, or Mexico: 1988).
Chevrolet V6 [RPO LC1] (1982–84): Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 173 cid. Bore & stroke: 3.5 x 3.0 in. Compression ratio: 8.5:1. Brake horsepower: (105: 1982), (107: 1983-84) @ 4800 rpm. Torque: (142 ft/lbs @ 2400 rpm: 1982), (145 ft/lbs @ 2100 rpm: 1983-84). Hydraulic valve lifters. Carburetion: 2-barrel (Rochester E2SE: 1983-84). VIN Code: (S: 1982), (X: 1983), (1: 1983-84).
Chevrolet H.O. V6 [RPO LL1] (1983–84): Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 173 cid. Bore & stroke: 3.5 x 3.0 in. Compression ratio: 8.9:1. Brake horsepower: 125 @ 5400 rpm. Torque: 145 ft/lbs @ 2400 rpm. Hydraulic valve lifters. Carburetion: 2-barrel Rochester E2SE. VIN Code: (Z: 1983), (L: 1984).
Chevrolet 305 V8 [RPO LG4]: Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 306 cid. Bore & stroke: 3.74 x 3.48 in. Compression ratio: (8.6:1: 1982-84), (9.5:1: 1985-87). Brake horsepower: (145: 1982), (150: 1983-84), (155: 1986) @ 4000 rpm, (160: 1985), (155: 1987) @ 4200 rpm. Torque: 240 ft/lbs @ (2000 rpm: 1982), (2400 rpm: 1983-84), (250 @ 2400 rpm: 1985), (235–245 ft/lbs @ 2000-2400 rpm: 1986-87). Hydraulic valve lifters. Carburetion: 4-barrel (Rochester E4ME: 1983-87). (EFI: 1983-84). VIN Code: H. (Standard in Trans Am. Optional in base Firebird and Firebird S/E: 1986), (Standard with 5-speed manual transmission in base Firebird V8, Formula and Trans Am: 1987).
Chevrolet H.O. 305 V8 [RPO L69] (Late 1983 - Early 86): Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 306 cid. Bore & stroke: 3.74 x 3.48 in. Compression ratio: 9.5:1. Brake horsepower: 190 @ 4800 rpm. Torque: 240 ft/lbs @ 3200 rpm. Hydraulic valve lifters. Carburetor: 4-barrel. VIN Code: G and was a Trans Am Only Option. Came Standard on the Y84 1984 Recaro Edition Trans Am SE and 1984 15th Anniversary T/A
Chevrolet V8 [RPO LB9] (1985–87) Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 306 cid. Bore & stroke: 3.74 x 3.48 in. Compression ratio: 9.5:1. Brake horsepower: (205: 1985-86), (165: 1987) @ 4400 rpm. Torque: (275 ft/lbs @ 3200 rpm: 1985-86), (235 ft/lbs @ 2000 rpm: 1987). Hydraulic valve lifterskjkj;;;jkl. Induction: (Electronic tuned port fuel injection: 1985-86), (Multi-port fuel injection: 1987). VIN Code: (F: 1985-86), (8: 1987). (Optional in Trans Am only: 1986), (Available with 5-speed manual transmission in Formula or Trans Am. Available as a delete option in the Trans Am GTA: 1987).
Chevrolet 305 V8 [RPO LU5] (1982–84): Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 306 cid. Bore & stroke: 3.74 x 3.48 in. Compression ratio: 9.5:1. Brake horsepower: (165: 1982), (175: 1983) @ 4200 rpm, (190 @ 4800 rpm: 1984). Torque: 240 ft/lbs @ (2400 rpm: 1982, 3200 rpm: 1984), (250 ft/lbs @ 2800 rpm: 1983). Hydraulic valve lifters. (Induction: Crossfire fuel injection (EFI): 1982-83). (Carburetion: 4-barrel: 1984). VIN Code: (7: 1982-83), (G: 1984).
Chevrolet 350 V8 [RPO L98] (1987): Overhead valves. Cast-iron block. Displacement: 350 cid. Bore & stroke: 4.00 x 3.48 in. Compression ratio: 9.5:1. Brake horsepower: 210 @ 4000 rpm. Torque: 315 ft/lbs @ 3200 rpm. Hydraulic valve lifters. Induction: Tuned port fuel injection. VIN Code: F. Includes roller valve lifters, a hardened steel camshaft, fast-burn combustion chambers, a remote-mounted coil, dual cooling fans, a low-profile air-induction system with aluminum plenum and individual tuned runners, an extruded dual fuel rail assembly with computer-controlled fuel injectors and a special low-restriction exhaust system. Limited-interim availability as base engine in the Trans Am GTA; optional in Formula Firebird and regular Trans Am.
Fourth generation (1993–2002)
The fourth-generation F-body continued the aerodynamic formula initiated by the previous generation, but saw declining sales. As before, the Camaro kept the exposed headlights and the Firebird its pop-up units, with some minor changes. The overall styling of the Firebird more strongly reflected the "Banshee IV" concept car than the 1991 "face lift" received by the Third Generation model.
From 1993 until 1995 (1995 non-California cars), Firebirds received a 3.4 L V6 with 160 hp (120 kW), or the 5.7 L 275 hp (205 kW) LT1 V8. The 1993 Firehawk (only available in Formula trim for 1993–1997) received the SLP package with a functional hood scoop and other performance enhancements that increased power to 300 hp (220 kW). Only 201 were built for 1993. The LT1 engine in the Formula and Trans Am was very similar to the one in the Corvette C4 except with 2-bolt mains and a more restrictive intake/exhaust system. The 1993 model year V6 models had angular cable driven throttle body units that later changed in 1994 to multi-port fuel injection.
The 1994 model year marked the 25th anniversary of the Trans Am, and another Anniversary Edition was released, painted white with a single blue stripe down the center of the vehicle that was reminiscent of the 1970 Trans Am. It was also the debut of the 4L60e 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission in the F-body, which took the place of the non-electronic 700R4. Beginning in 1994, the engine used a "MAF" (mass air-flow) system in the air intake, rather than the "speed density" setup on the 1993 cars. 1994 was also the first year the 4th generation convertible was available.
In 1994 only, a "Trans Am GT" option was available. Trans Am GT's received T-tops, high-rise spoiler, Z-rated tires, and a 155 mph spedometer. Non-GT optioned Trans Ams in 1994 received a low-rise spoiler (the same found on v6/formula firebirds) as well as a 110 mph spedometer, no T-tops, and a much lower top-speed limiter. All of the 1994 Trans Am "GT" options became standard in 95-02 as part of the Trans Am package, and the GT name/package was dropped for 1995. Some later (1995+) Trans Am and Formula Firebird will list "GT" on the vehicles title or registration. The reason behind this is because the VIN does not specify a "package" (Formula, Trans Am, Trans Am GT, Firehawk, etc.) it only specifies the engine (5.7L V8 LT1). To cover all of the bases, titles and registrations often list all of the packages, but it does not mean the car is equipped with any certain package. To decipher packages on a particular vehicle, RPO codes must be researched.
The 1995 models were the same as those of previous years, but traction control (ASR: Acceleration Slip Regulation) was now available. The steering wheel was also changed. It was borrowed from the Grand Prix. 1995 was the first year of the vented version of the opti-spark distributor on F-body's. The optional Firehawk performance package, still available this year (since 1993), included suspension upgrades, a functional ram air hood, 17" wheels with 275/40 tires, as well as a freer intake/exhaust similar to that on the Chevrolet Corvette, supplying 315 hp, but this package was seldom ordered. The 'Transmission Perform' button was available only in the 1994 and 1995 Formula and Trans Am. This option was stopped for the 1996 and later models, but the connections are still there for 1996 and 1997 Formula and Trans Am.
The mid-1995 and later models had a 200 hp 3.8 L V6 as the base engine, and the power rating of the LT1 had been raised to 285 in 1996, due to a new dual catalytic converter exhaust system. 1996 was also the first year of the OBD2 computer system.
1996 was the first year the WS6 Performance Package was made available on 4th generation (93-02) Firebirds. For 1996 (and 1997) The WS6 Package was available on both the Formula and Trans am. The WS6 package included a larger 32mm front swaybar (base V8's being 30mm), a functional ram-air hood (similar to that of the 93-97 Firehawk, but with slightly different styling in the hood, and smaller air filter than the Firehawk), 17"x9" Wheels with 275/40 tires, and a WS6 Badge. Optional Bilstein Shocks were available, but not standard on the WS6 package.
While there were no major changes to the '97 models from the previous year, a special edition LT4 Firehawk was available this year. With only 29 produced, the LT4 Firehawk used the same 330 hp, balanced and blue-printed LT4 engine found in the manual transmission 1996 Corvette. The 1997 Firehawk LT4 model, made by SLP Performance Parts and sold through Pontiac dealerships, had 330 hp (243 kW) and 340 lb·ft (459 Nm) of torque.
The Ram Air (WS6) high performance package was added as an option for the Formula and Trans Am convertibles for the first time this year, boosting the horsepower from 285 to 305. There were 41 Formula convertibles and 463 Trans Am convertibles produced in 1997 with the WS6 high performance package.
In 1998, the Firebird received a "face lift" dominated by a new front fascia (now with four pop-up headlights) as well as other modifications, the most significant of which was the introduction of the latest Corvette small block V8 engine, the LS1. Initially, the color "Bright Purple Metallic" had been available, however it was discontinued due to poor sales. The color was replaced with "Navy Blue Metallic," but not before a total of 12 Trans Am models with the WS6 Ram Air package (10 coupés and two convertibles) made it out of the factory dressed in "Bright Purple Metal". However in 1998 only 255 Formula Firebirds with the WS6 package were made and sold making them highly sought after now by true collectors.
The Big 3-0 A new 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Trans Am
added a little distinction to the 1999 Firebird offerings. Otherwise,
there were only minor changes. Formulas and Trans Ams now had a
four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. Buyers could
choose from it or a six-speed manual, which had a Hurst shifter.
Traction control was available on V-6 Firebirds. Specific V-6 Firebirds
also got a Torsen II slip-reduction rear axle as standard equipment. An
Electronic Brake Force Distribution system and solenoid-based Bosch
anti-lock brake system enhanced stopping capabilities. Also new was an
upgraded sensing and diagnostic module to improve the
For 1998–2002 Pontiac used the same heavy duty brakes, steering ratios, fuel pumps and shocks (non-WS6) on both V6 and V8 models.
The all-aluminum 5.7 L V8 engine was sourced from the Corvette C5, and produced 305 hp (227 kW) at 5,200 rpm; 335 lb·ft (454 N·m) at 4,000 rpm, (310 after 2000) or 320 hp (325 after 2000) in the WS-6 "Ram Air" version. In 2001 and 2002, models equipped with a V8 received the high-flow LS6 intake manifold and a high-performance clutch. A Firehawk model, produced by SLP and sold through Pontiac dealerships, had 330 hp (335 after 2000, 345 in late 2002 models equipped with the optional Blackwing intake. The V6-equipped Firebirds were rated at 205 hp (153 kW).
Firebird Trans Am
The Trans Am was a specialty package for the Firebird, typically upgrading handling, suspension, and horsepower, as well as minor appearance modifications such as exclusive hoods, spoilers, fog lights and wheels. In using the name Trans Am, a registered trademark, GM agreed to pay $5 per car sold to the SCCA. Four distinct generations were produced between 1969 and 2002. These cars were built on the F-body platform, which was also shared by the Chevrolet Camaro.
Despite its name, the Trans Am was not initially used in the Trans Am Series, as its smallest engine exceeded the SCCA's five liter displacement limit.
The second generation was available from 1970 to 1981 and was featured in the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit, the 1978 movie Hooper and the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II. The third generation, available from 1982 to 1992, was featured in the 1983 movie Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 and the 1984 movie Alphabet City. KITT, the automotive star, and its evil counterpart KARR, of the popular 1980s TV series Knight Rider, was a modified third generation Trans Am. The fourth generation Trans Am, available from model years 1993 to 2002, offered between 275 bhp (205 kW) and 325 bhp (242 kW).The Trans AM GTA (Grand Turismo Americano) was an options package available on the Firebird Trans Am which added Gold 16 inch diamond spoke allow wheels, a mono-chromatic paint scheme and special cloisonné GTA badges. The GTA (along with the Formula model that was intended to fill the gap between the base model Firebird and mid-level trans am) was the brainchild of former Pontiac marketing manager Lou Wassel. It was intended to be the "ultimate" Trans am and was the most expensive Firebird available. The GTA equipment package officially went on sale in 1987 and avoided a gas-guzzler tax thanks to its lightweight PW 16' gold cross-lace wheels. The high-performance Ws6 suspension package was also re-tuned to offer a more compliant ride while still maintaining tight handling characteristics. Engine choices consisted of a L98 5.7 liter (350 ci) TPI (Tuned Port Injection) V8 mated to GM's corporate 700r4 automatic transmission or the 5.0 liter (305 ci) TPI V8. A five speed manual was available but was mated to the 5.0 liter only. The fastest TA Originally conceived by Bill Owen of Pontiac, the 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am project was outsourced to PAS, Inc., an engineering firm led by Jeff Beitzel. Beitzel and his team did most of the TTA development work. The V6 turbo engines were built by PAS at their 40,000 square foot City of Industry, CA plant. From there, they went to GM's plant in Van Nuys, CA to be installed into GTAs on the F-Body assembly line. The cars were then shipped back to PAS for final assembly, testing, and quality control. Incidentally, the GTA chassis were selected at random, thus there is no correlation between the VIN and production sequence number. The actual number of cars to be produced had ranged from 500 to 2,500 until GM finally settled on 1,500. In all, a total of 1,555 Turbo TAs were manufactured. Firebird Trans Am GTA (Third Generation F-body)
Recording and performing artist Ke$ha has mentioned her own gold Trans Am in several of her songs, including "Take It Off", "Thinking of You" and the ultimate Trans Am tribute song, "Gold Trans Am", a bonus track from the deluxe edition of her second studio album Warrior.
From 1982 on all engines are Chevrolet sourced, unless stated otherwise.
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