This numbers story continued essentially unchanged until 2000. Manual transmissions also got more and more popular, as early cars were largely automatics but 6-speeds became more common as the years went on. Our particular car has had some minor performance and restoration work done. 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 instrument panel is designed for driving.
For '96, the base Firebird engine is a 3. It's almost like it's a chapter they wish to forget. Again, about 60 percent got the six-speed. Options included a premium 10-speaker Monsoon audio system, and T-tops for coupes. The motor is absolutely bullet-proof and just as powerful as the newest Mustangs in stock form, running about the same times for 9 years longer. The result is an alien-esque mug that drew sneers at the time.
The front bucket seats are soft and provide especially good lateral support. Your hub for horsepower Get first access to hit shows like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day Join free for 14 days now During this five-year transformation, Chris realized that having a project car as a daily driver was impractical, so the search began. The '96 Ram Air option consists essentially of a hood with scoops that, at speed, purportedly force air into the engine. Turn the key, hear the roar of the 5. The V-8 cars rode on 16-inch wheels and in 1995 the Trans Am got Z-rated tires. It gives a Formula or Trans Am the raw power of the muscle car era with contemporary braking, suspension, and safety technology.
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After six years of driving excitement and over 40,000 miles, real-life events would intervene. In 2002, production of the Collectors Edition added up to about 2400 units, with a fairly even split between coupes and convertibles. What is surprising is that the ride is not particularly harsh. Replacement parts are easy to find, but so are aftermarket upgrades, and many of these cars have been modified—some radically with superchargers, nitrous, and turbos—but most have been enhanced with just a few bolt-ons, like aftermarket wheels and gauges. Expelling emissions through the 3-inch Borla catback is a set of Arizona Speed and Marine 1.
Sometimes, the best way to move forward is to look backwards. When introduced in 1993, the fourth generation Firebird was mostly all new. The Mustang was just a tenth quicker in both tests, but the Camaro was inexplicably much quicker than both, running 4. . Actually, there is no lack of fun and excitement anywhere in the Firebird line. Although the lone salesman seemed ready to close up shop, upon seeing young Chris walk in the door, he knew immediately what to show him.
But as easy as it is to pilot this Pontiac, it has never been a daily driver. My test car had the optional 4-speed automatic transmission, which made traffic less frustrating than the standard 6-speed manual transmission. In 1998, along with the engine swap, the Trans Ams and Formulas got a retuned suspension for a slightly smoother ride and larger brake rotors. It still bums me out. Sit into the cockpit, the seat feels snug, holding you in. The Firebird-only Ram Air system swells that output up another 20 horses to a virile 305; even more impressively, the torque rating is now a heroic 335 pound-feet.
I'll post their reply when I get it. A six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission was available with either engine. The convertible's trunk provided 7. Because the engine is only turning 2000 rpm at highway speeds, gas mileage can be pretty respectable. This could be the result of errors in the other data source, or units missing from CompNine's database.
From 1993-97, all Firehawks were based on Firebird Formulas, while from 1999 the Firehawk could be had as a Formula or a Trans Am. The skidpad performance of 0. The car combined an available big V-8 with aggressive, attention-grabbing styling and delivered it in a relatively practical four-passenger package. Base models got a V-6, while Formula and Trans Am models got the 5. Road Atlanta's straights weren't long enough for a top speed test, but Pontiac claims to have seen an extra two or three mph, to about 160, in Ram Air-equipped cars. To report errors and other problems with this page, please.