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History Of The Pontiac Firebird

1982 - 1992 - Legends In The Mist - Part Four

   As the third-generation Firebird neared the end of its life span, Pontiac redirected its energies toward a return to the performance pinnacle it had reached in the 1970's. Starting in 1983 with the return of the Formula model, Pontiac reintroduced a strategy that targeted different segments of buyers. Encapsulating virtually all of the performance features of the Trans Am, 155 bhp, 5 0 liter throttle-body V-8, gas-charge shocks, 4-wheel discs, front and rear anti-roll bars and 245/50R-16 radials on alloy wheels-and priced significantly less than the Trans Am, it was the ultimate sleeper. At the other end of the scale was the muscular GTA. Wrestled away from Chevrolet the 5.7-liter tuned-port V-8 that had previously been unique to the Corvette, the $2700 GTA package offered enthusiasts serious horsepower (210 initially, up rated to 225 in 1998) with suspension and tires to match, plus a higher level of comfort and convenience.


   One of the best performing Trans Amís was the 1989 20th anniversary Turbo Trans Am, with a 255-bhp version of the 3.8-liter Turbo V-6 from the Buick Grand National and GNX. This was an improved engine, outperforming either Buick-5.0 sec 0 to 60 mph, 100 mph plus in the quarter-mile, and a top speed over 160 mph.


 CONTINUE READING - 1982 - 1992 Legends In The Mist - Part Five 


Photo's Courtesy: The Premier Firebird Trans-Am Gallery.

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