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Pontiac Can Am specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1882 kg (4149 lbs)
Dimensions 5.10 m (201 in) long, 1.89 m (74 in) wide, 1.29 m (51 in) high
Wheelbase 2.74 m (108 in)
Introduced 1977
Origin country United States
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Performance

0 - 100 kph10.0 s
0 - 60 mph9.8 s
Top speed213 kph (132 mph)

Powertrain

Engine type Pontiac 6.6 Litre V8
Displacement 6.6 l (400 ci / 6555 cc)
Power 203 ps (200 bhp / 149 kw) @ 3600 rpm
Torque 441 Nm (325 lb-ft) @ 2400 rpm
Power / liter 31 ps (31 hp)
Power / weight 108 ps (106 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 234 Nm (173 lb-ft) / t
Transmission GM TH350 3 Speed Automatic and Super T10 4 Speed Manual
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive
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outofyourmind  3y ago

Oh, and the Can Am came with a TH 400 not the TH 350, when equipped with the Pontiac 400 motor, which most of them had. Some were produced with the Olds 403 motor for sale in California which did come with the TH350. The TH 400 had a slightly steeper 1st gear than the TH350.
A 4 speed manual was never offered at all.

Strange that the 1977 Trans Am came with the TH350 with an optional 4-speed manual. But I never got beat by one of those cars, ever. I would always nose them out even with the Can Am being a couple a hundred pounds heavier than the Trans Am.

Some say that Pontiac stockpiled special engine parts for the Can Am 400 motor, meaning that they took parts with the lowest tolerances and put them into one engine. I think it made a difference. They also used a special 6x head with a slightly smaller combustion chamber to raise the compression slightly.


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BR2+  3y ago

Super Random


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outofyourmind  3y ago

I ordered a Can Am from the local Pontiac Dealer and waited months for it to arrive. It was a great car for a 17 year old kid. I immediately started to make it faster. It ran a 15.5 quarter mile out of the factory, but it never ran a top end of 136mph like I see some people say out of the factory, with the single exhaust and corked up catalytic converter.

I didn't like the white Rally II wheels that came on it and had the Dealer install the snowflakes on it. I thought it looked way better.

It had the red interior with white seats.

The things I did that I can remember.
Each one progressively made the car faster and faster.
It was a beast of a car and almost never got beat on the street.

Cut the catalytic converter off. Installed dual exhausts. Had the distributor recurved. Had the Quadrajet reworked/rejetted. Put on Headers. Installed #48 1969 Ram Air III heads, port matched and performance valve job. Installed #68 Cam with 1.65 lifters. Transmission shift kit.

It had Air Conditioning and was suppose to have a 3.08 rear end.
I checked it. It had a 3.23. Don't ask me why. Pontiac people were sneaky bastards like that.

The car eventually ran low 13's/high 12's in the quarter mile.
I had the car at top end one time. Have no idea how fast that was but it could have easily been 140/150 mph.

It handled good and was a great car for as much abuse as i gave it.

If you have any questions about it, I can probably answer them.
Not sure how old this thread is or if anybody still looks at it.


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BR2'  8y ago

I wish the American company would bring back these classics, the Mustang/Camaro/Challenger are here, they need to rejuvenate these old bad boys and bring the Era of the Muscle back, theres nothing like an Older American Muscle car, No other car has quite the same presence. cmon America get your Arse in gear and give us what we want!...(nd import them over here why your at it..)


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Shaggy  8y ago

200 horsepower isn't bad for an American car built in 1977, even if it's only 1/2 a horsepower per cubic inch.


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Bijan  8y ago

The base Can Am was 185 hp Old's engine and the opt was W-72 .
By the way in 1977 the L-82 was a production Corvette , not a special version on L-48 or so , The L-82 was a very popular vette in 73-80 .
For example in 1975 we have Two Trans Am's , 400 and 455 , 185 hp and 200 hp .there is no optional race breed , optional factory racing , after market dealer car , or Omologated or etc , there are two Trans Ams sold to the public in 75 , the 400 and the 455 , just that .
Yes I know about the production number , but the number most commonly used in 1377 .
any way , good luck for your restoration , be good .


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AZZARO  8y ago

Yes the L82 was 210hp in 77 but the base line L48 was only 180hp.Also the Can Am production #s are undetermined since there is no way to track them. The consensus is between 1130 - 1377.They do know 1130 were sent to motor town for convertion. 5000 units were to be made but pontiac pulled the plug.They had to figure away to satisfy those who ordered and would not recv. I'm finishing a restoration on a T/A 400 CAN AM now.I'm stuck on the breaks the back ones do not get any break fluid to them. I tried everything.Just found out that there was a recall on the proportionate valve in 77. Ordered one today on ebay. All brass.Pricey sucker. Fingers crossed. The booster is new as well as the master c.Lines all been blown clean.Thats all that I can think of thats bad.We will know soon enough.


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Ferrari driver  8y ago

Only a bit more than the production number of the Porsche Carrera GT which was 1282 i think.
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Bijan  8y ago

The production number of Can Am is 1377 units .
And the 1977 Corvette L-82 had 210 hp.


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Azzaro  8y ago

With less then 200 units on the road to date this pontiac is getting very rare and has a great history behind it's one year creation.In 77 the corvette didn't even have 200hp. The can am was one of the great ones that year.Pontiac claimed it realy had about 265hp and 325 net lbs torque @ 2200rpm very respectable for only 8.0:1 compression. Take a look around on the road and tell me you see one of these rolling by in a world of cookie cuters the Can Am is the true last GTO made and was org. to carry the name GTO but was pulled the last minute.This car if you can find one is with out a doubt a great investment. Trans Am / Gto look with a great ride & comfort.


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Mental  8y ago

@Viking
A muscle car (Comet)(almost muscle) with the same amount of horses like nowadays mini car? LOL

Yeah, 200 hp in 70-ties was very good for a small (not muscle's dimensions car I mean) sportcar, but considering the fact that in 1959 there were already V8 390 engines with 345 hp (Eldorado), this Can Am's engine looks like an engine from a milk lorry!


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Viking  8y ago

Not too bad looking for 1977, and 200 hp available was pretty good for new cars at the time. I was driving a 1972 Mercury Comet GT at the time this came out, and I thought the Comet was quick with its 302 V8 (a bit over 140 horses) Lol.


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Mental  8y ago

Hell, what's the 6.6 V8 engine used here, which makes only 200 horses :O ... from 30-ties, LOL


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Bijan  8y ago

@ Super8 : Yes ,in my opinion very slow . , but no ugly .
This car use a 185 hp 403 Olds engine and 3 speed automatic with 2.41 rear ratio , with the top speed about 118 mph in 3650 rpm .
And very few sold with W-72 200 hp engine , with 3.08 and The 4300 lb Can Am now do 89.88 mph in the Quarter mile in 15.6 seconds , and 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds with 136 mph top end .


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Super8  8y ago

Slow and ugly. A true late 70 to 80 Muscle car. Only available on automatic transmission but you can also order with Super T 10 4 speed manual but as far as i know, only 1 car that using 4 speed manual.