The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is a legendary sports / muscle car that is built between 1967 and 2002 by the Pontiac division of General Motors. 1967 was the year of introduction for the Pontiac Firebird, a variant of the Chevrolet Camaro, and it was the brand's needed answer to the best-selling Ford Mustang.

Those high performance auto mobiles were, for the most part, powered by various V8 motors of different GM divisions. They where primarily Pontiac powered until 1977, from that moment on the Firebirds were built with several different engines from nearly every General Motors division. In 1982 all Pontiac motors were dropped in favour of corporate motors.

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

A very famous modified black 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is KITT, from the adventure TV series Knight Rider. There isn't almost a single respected automotive enthusiast in the world who doesn't hear about this car. The Foundation's most important asset in achieving their goals of fighting crime and protecting the innocent, with a top-secret "super car". KITT was an artificially intelligent electronic computer module installed in a highly advanced, very mobile, robotic auto-mobile. I've literally seen every episode of this TV series, and I think this might be the best ever TV show, I've ever seen. But back to the history of this amazing vehicle.

The SCCA created the Trans Am Racing Series in 1966, as the Trans American Sedan Championship. Originally derived from the SCCA's a production class, it today features purpose-built tube-frame race cars competing on road courses. The series is known for competition of muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, AMC Javelin and Dodge Challenger in the late 1960s and early 1970s, though marques from many different countries have competed in the series.

De Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is named after the Trans Am Series, but the name was used without permission of the SCCA and therefore they threatened to sue GM. But GM quickly settled the deal by paying US$5 to the SCCA for every car sold. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is the sanctioning body for the series and holds the rights to the "Trans Am" name. The series was most recently operated by the Champ Car World Series and ran the majority of its races in support of the parent open-wheel championship. Pontiac has taken 7 wins in the 42-year-old series' 450+ events. The last win by a Pontiac Trans Am was in 1984.

Due to a lack of participants and interest in this event, the series ceased operations after the 2005 season. However the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) continued to own the name and permitted Heartland Park Topeka to run two races in September and October 2006 using Trans Am rules and the Trans Am name.

Because of the unusual recent interest in the Trans Am, a lot of automotive addicts have defied the inclement weather to capture some amazing pictures of their Pontiac Firebird. So don't be shy and also share some photo's of your car on our website, whether you’re a die-hard Firebird enthusiast or owner. It is always nice to see other fan's appreciate a piece of art in the form of a photo from your four wheeled vehicle. Multiple different Firebirds side by side to get the proper comparison. Come on Trans Am enthusiast, and don't hesitate, to send your pictures in before it's too late. You can be the first ones in your block. Also if you have a 69 Pontiac Firebird convertible with a cracked frame, we are here to make sure that your voice gets heard, we would love to see all of your creations.

Trans Am Engine Summary

Check the Engine Summary (with corresponding RPO code) bellow to get more information about the engine of your Pontiac Firebird Trans Am:

Year Fuel Supply System Engine Specifications
1982-1983 LU5 5.0L V8 165-175 hp and 240-250 ft·lbff
1982-1984 LC1 2.8L V6 102-107 hp and 142-145 ft·lbff
1982-1985 LQ8 2.5L I4 88-92 hp and 132-134 ft·lbff
1982-1987 LG4 5.0L V8 145-170 hp and 240-250 ft·lbff
1983-1984 LL1 2.8L V6 125 hp and 145 ft·lbff
1983-1986 L69 5.0L V8 190 hp and 240 ft·lbff
1985-1989 LB8 2.8L V6 135 hp and 165 ft·lbff
1985-1992 LB9 5.0L V8 190-230 hp and 275-300 ft·lbff
1987-1992 L98 5.7L V8 225-245 hp and 330-345 ft·lbff
1988-1992 L03 5.0L V8 170 hp and 255 ft·lbff
1989-1989 LD5 3.8L V6 250 hp and 340 ft·lbff (turbocharged engine)
1990-1992 LH0 3.1L V6 140 hp and 180 ft·lbff

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Reference Guide

Reference Guide for Global Sports Car Care

Effective sports car management requires a tremendous amount of information. At any given time, a sports car owner may be making decisions concerning care and management of their precious vehicle, control of the exterior, safe use of nitrogen to improve the muscle quality of the engine. The purpose of this reference guide is to consolidate some of the basic information sports car owners need for proper decision making.

This guide is not intended to be all inclusive or extremely specific. Most of the information was adapted from my personal experiments or extensive research on the web and reading a lot of service manual publications. Some of the information represents "expert opinion" rather than the results of quantifiable research. All of the information was subjected to professional review.

Appreciation is expressed to the many auto enthusiast, auto mobile scientists, car service specialists and the automotive industry who contributed to this guide. Special thanks to all the visitors of this particular website for their individual contributions.