Many have therefore been modified, driven hard and racked up a lot of miles. The notchback also incorporated redesigned rear seatbacks with integral headrests. This engine was only offered for the first few years of the generation. This lead to an explosion in aftermarket skip shift eliminator kits. These models are quite rare, and much is still unknown about how many were built or how they were optioned. The Firebird's interior options and design remained virtually unchanged for 1984, the only exceptions being a slightly revised dashpad, with screwed-in speaker grilles, an optional driver's knee pad bolster on the left side of the center console for manual cars, the T-tops were also redesigned to use a pin-mounting arrangement, rather than the earlier latch-based setup, and a new 1 piece horncap embossed with the Firebird logo replaced the earlier medallion version. By the time the 2000s arrived, Pontiac cars laid emphasis on premium and cleaner styling, though the split grille remained.
Archived from on April 15, 2011. Also known as the Dart, the logo design was updated in 1957. However, that proved to be impossible due to the emissions regulations of the era. The steering wheels in all Firebirds was also changed; their optional built-in audio controls were more closely grouped on each side. The Trans Am also received a restyled nose, integral fog lights, and newly redesigned ground effects. Therefore, it is hard to ascertain what options they actually came with.
The front end of the vehicle featured 10. Pontiac offered an optional 3800 Performance Package for the Base Firebird which added four-wheel disc brakes, dual exhaust, 3. This engine combines with the Borg-Warner six-speed and the hottest version of the Firebird chassis to produce a barn's worth of hoot. The Pontiac proved to be very popular and by 1933 had surpassed the Oakland automobile brand and became a companion for the Chevrolet. Previously, you just had to line up the shifter handle with the markings.
The new design was initially characterized with a large , until 1975 when the rear window was enlarged. The V-8 cars rode on 16-inch wheels and in 1995 the Trans Am got Z-rated tires. These cars came with a 455-H. Perhaps more importantly than the performance tests provided by the industry magazines was the fact that these cars were capable of much faster acceleration times — with minimal modifications. The hood had twin scoops with 'Ram Air' logos on each side. For the time being, they would have world class aerodynamics and handling, and excellent fuel economy.
Available with either six or eight cylinder engines, the Firebird was based heavily on the Camaro chassis, though Pontiac did attempt to make it their own. During the 1995, 1996, and 1997 seasons, 14-time champion used a Firebird body to replace the obsolete and bodies he had used since 1988. None of them would win with the first year of the Firebird body, but pro stock driver Jim Yates, a second year driver, using the Firebird body, did. Notable Cars Through the years Pontiac released several notable cars including the 1956 Star Chief, which many consider to be the highlight of the entire Chieftain line. On March 26th, 2017, at the , the Bandit Edition Trans Am was introduced. For 1996 and 1997, the Firehawk gained rectangular driving lights mounted inside the front scoops and except Firehawk convertibles the Trans Am's elevated rear wing. Every piece of the car was designed to reduce drag.
The carbureted V6 was replaced with a new, multi-port fuel-injected 2. We will continue to update our 0 to 60 results as new Pontiac cars are released and as new 0 to 60 mph test data is made available for Pontiac vehicles. As before, the Formula and Trans Am again received a close derivative of the Corvette's 5. Other than quite reliable mechanicals, general build quality is also to the typical standard of 1990s General Motors, meaning that squeaks and rattles are almost a given in the interior. The 350 cu in 5. This was coupled to a standard Borg Warner 6-speed manual, although a 4-speed automatic was a popular option. Pontiac offered the 455 through the 1976 model year, but the engine could not meet tightening restrictions on vehicle emissions.
All center, high-mounted stop lamps were relocated to a new position between the spoiler and the rear deck lid, and the large Firebird hood emblem disappeared forever. However, in the sixth season 1979-1980 , Rockford continued to drive the 1978 Firebird from season 5, as disliked the 1979 model's restyled front end. It came with a 4-speed manual transmission. For 2002, more convenience items such as power mirrors and power antenna became standard equipment, while cassette stereos were phased out. The exterior styling was dramatically aerodynamic, and incorporated plastic front fenders, although much of the floorplan and rear suspension was carried over from the third generation. The car comes with a turn circle of 5m and has a combined fuel consumption of 0. Also in 1994, the fourth-generation convertible was available; every Firebird and Camaro convertible featured a glass rear window with a built-in electric defroster.
There is a way to tell an early 1977 built car as there was a production change in the hood scoop. However, it's important to note that 0 to 60 times vary greatly, and depending on the source the information may vary. The newly designed side view mirror housings, made of light alloy metal, were almost cone shaped, with the point facing the wind. Thus, the pace car replicas were closer to the actual pace cars than any replica previously offered; the only difference between the replicas and the three actual pace cars was the addition of strobe lights and safety equipment to the latter. Formula and Trans Am models saw the 5. Starting in 1972, and continuing until 1977, the Firebird was only produced at the , facility.
Powertrain is a 455 cu in 7. Every quick-shifting trip is a basso symphony of V-8 vocalizations that blasts grins onto faces. The 1980 Turbo model was used for. The Pontiac Firebirds with the Sport and Appearance Package came with ground effects, fog lamps, and dual exhausts with cast aluminum extensions. They fed some air to the radiator but most of the air came from an air dam underneath the front bumper.