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Pontiac Trans Am specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1585 kg (3494 lbs)
Introduced 1999
Origin country United States
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Performance

0 - 100 kph5.3 s
Top speed256 kph (159 mph)

Powertrain specs

Engine type V8
Displacement 5.7 l (348 ci)
Power 314 ps (310 bhp / 231 kw)
Torque 461 Nm (340 lb-ft)
Power / liter 55 ps (54 hp)
Power / weight 198 ps (196 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 291 Nm (215 lb-ft) / t
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive
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Apathy  8y ago

I'm going to have to disagree with you Hector.

While the 98-2002 trans am didn't have the best handling in the world, it was actually decent for what it was.

I've driven a handful and even the stock ones aren't terrible as you describe.

They even offered a bilstein suspension.

Here's a sample review where they praise the handling:
http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/112_9709_1998_pontiac_trans_am/viewall.html

They actually say the 98 and 99 firebirds had a suspension that was too rough but had a "precise" ride.

.87 G's and a 65 mph slalom isn't bad for the 90's either...


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Hector  8y ago

Owned a 1987 Trans Am 5.0 & 1990's Ram Air T/A. The 80's were lemons and was always under going repairs. The 90's have bad handling. It feels dangerous to accelerate in the Trans Am because of the bouncy suspension - one side does something & the other does something different. It literally felt like a roller coaster ride; like all 4 wheels were trying to do something different at the same time and during hard accelerations the front acted as if it wanted to come up like a car with a trick suspension. The car is meant go straight.


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monkeypop  8y ago

Should we make a separate page for the WS6 ram air variant or change this page? It is considerably faster over the base trans-am


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monkeypop  8y ago

The car in the picture is a WS6 with functional ram air producing 325 horsepower. 0-60 for the WS6 is well under 5 seconds.

The yellow one with T-top in the picture was the final limited edition before the trans-am was cancelled. Darn shame because at the time it was one of the fastest cars around with a stupid cheap price for the performance level. At least it went out on top. I sort of wish I had left mine in factory condition and still had it today.. I miss the hell out of that car.


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Frank  10y ago

I wish!! I drive one of these, I wish they were 1:27.7 on the Top Gear Track!


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BumRush  12y ago

Yeah i dont see this car doing that fast a time, maybe a 2nd or so slower than an M3 maybe.


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pttransamdriver  12y ago

I didn't submit that time for the top gear track but I think it is a very pluasable time. Honestly I think an LS1 T/A could do better


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Wads  12y ago

1:27 on Top Gear.... no and whoever subitted the time is now banned.


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BumRush  12y ago

a 1:27.7 on the Top Gear Track?? Really??