Pontiac Firebird Formula, 1978 MY

Pontiac Firebird Formula is an automobile that has a 2 door coupé type body with a front mounted engine driving through the rear wheels. The 8 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated engine has 2 valves per cylinder and a volume of 6.6 litres. For this model it develops power and torque figures of 185 bhp (188 PS/138 kW) at 3600 rpm and 434 Nm (320 lbft/44.3 kgm) at 2200 rpm respectively. The engine drives the wheels compliments of a 3 speed automatic set of gears. The Pontiac Firebird Formula weighs a claimed 1653 kg at the kerb.

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Key facts

Pontiac Firebird Formula, 1978 MY information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
4999 mm
How heavy?
1653 kg
What size engine?
6.6 litre, 6598 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
188 PS / 185 bhp / 138 kW @ 3600 rpm
How much torque?
434 Nm / 320 ft.lb / 44.3 kgm @ 2200 rpm

Pontiac Firebird models

2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3791 cm3 112 PS 110 bhp 82 kW 1483 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4390 cm3 122 PS 120 bhp 89 kW 1541 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1542 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 203 PS 200 bhp 149 kW 1616 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1555 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1523 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 167 PS 165 bhp 123 kW 1535 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 127 PS 125 bhp 93 kW 1523 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1523 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3791 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 1477 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6586 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW 1583 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 6555 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW 1623 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3791 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW 1525 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1591 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1583 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3791 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6599 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6558 cm3 183 PS 180 bhp 134 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 6558 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW 1640 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6558 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 7462 cm3 203 PS 200 bhp 149 kW 1701 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 4103 cm3 177 PS 175 bhp 130 kW 1399 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 4103 cm3 177 PS 175 bhp 130 kW 1403 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5798 cm3 269 PS 265 bhp 198 kW 1472 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 5798 cm3 269 PS 265 bhp 198 kW 1469 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5798 cm3 269 PS 265 bhp 198 kW 1467 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5798 cm3 330 PS 325 bhp 242 kW 1491 kg

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1978 Pontiac Firebird Formula data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2746 mm 108.1 inches
Track/tread (front) 1557 mm 61.3 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1534 mm 60.4 inches
Length 4999 mm 196.8 inches
Width 1854 mm 73 inches
Height 1255 mm 49.4 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.82
Kerb weight 1653 kg 3644 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 76.8 litres 16.9 UK Gal 20.3 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer GM
Engine code
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 6.6 litre
6598 cc
(402.635 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 110.5 × 86 mm
4.35 × 3.39 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.28
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 188 PS (185 bhp) (138 kW)
at 3600 rpm
Specific output 28 bhp/litre
0.46 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 434 Nm (320 ft·lb) (44.3 kgm)
at 2200 rpm
Specific torque 65.78 Nm/litre
0.8 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7.9:1
Fuel system 1 Ro carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 826.6 kPa (119.9 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 824.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 113.47 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
83.46 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
111.92 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 11.98 kg/kW
20.01 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.W.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front 6 x 15
Wheel size rear 6 x 15
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R VeDi/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 2.41
general
Carfolio.com ID67210
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 60.6
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1978 Pontiac Firebird Formula added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-07-06.