1979 Pontiac Firebird

The Pontiac Firebird is a rear wheel drive automobile, with the engine placed in the front, and a 2 door coupé bodyshell. Powering the Pontiac Firebird is an overhead valve, 5.7 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder engine, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 165 bhp (167 PS/123 kW) at 3800 rpm and 352 N·m (260 lb·ft/35.9 kgm) at 2400 rpm respectively. Power is delivered to the wheels via a 3 speed automatic gearbox. The claimed weight at the kerb is 1535 kg. Its maximum speed claimed is 165 km/h or 103 mph.

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Key facts

1979 Pontiac Firebird information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
5032 mm
How heavy?
1535 kg
What size engine?
5.7 litre, 5733 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
167 PS / 165 bhp / 123 kW @ 3800 rpm
How much torque?
352 Nm / 260 ft.lb / 35.9 kgm @ 2400 rpm
How fast?
165 km/h, 103 mph

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 4M 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1542 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4390 cm3 122 PS 120 bhp 89 kW 1541 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 4942 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1523 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 127 PS 125 bhp 93 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 6598 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW 1653 kg
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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2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5736 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW 1583 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FF 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1720 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1605 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1615 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 177 PS 175 bhp 130 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1705 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW 1705 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1678 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW 1678 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5002 cm3 183 PS 180 bhp 134 kW 1528 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5733 cm3 183 PS 180 bhp 134 kW 1603 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 183 PS 180 bhp 134 kW 1618 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW 1573 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1573 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1542 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW 1549 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW 1484 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1477 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5733 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5898 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1682 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5898 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1731 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1664 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5898 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1798 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5898 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW 1783 kg
3 door fixed-head coupé FR 5M 2753 cm3 183 PS 180 bhp 134 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1518 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1589 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1555 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1525 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1559 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1589 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1623 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1564 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1597 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1534 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5900 cm3 172 PS 170 bhp 127 kW 1731 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5900 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1682 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5900 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1682 kg
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1979 Pontiac Firebird data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2748 mm 108.2 inches
Track/tread (front) 1557 mm 61.3 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1524 mm 60 inches
Length 5032 mm 198.1 inches
Width 1854 mm 73 inches
Height 1252 mm 49.3 inches
Ground clearance 117 mm 4.6 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.83
Kerb weight 1535 kg 3384 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 79.6 litres 17.5 UK Gal 21 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer GM
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 5.7 litre
5733 cc
(349.849 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 101.6 × 88.4 mm
4 × 3.48 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.15
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
167 PS (165 bhp) (123 kW)
at 3800 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
28.8 bhp/litre
0.47 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
352 Nm (260 ft·lb) (35.9 kgm)
at 2400 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
61.4 Nm/litre
0.74 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 8.2:1
Fuel system 1 Ro M4MC carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 771.6 kPa (111.9 psi)
Maximum RPM 4400 rpm
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 716.63 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
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 165 km/h (103 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 108.99 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
80.16 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
107.49 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 12.48 kg/kW
20.84 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 2.410
Turning circle 12.60 m
Front suspension I.W.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension LA.SE.ARB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front FR78 x 15
Tyres rear FR78 x 15
Brakes F/R VeDi/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter
Braked area 2106 cm2
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.08
general
Carfolio.com ID99572
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 51.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1979 Pontiac Firebird added 2002-09-05.
Last modified 2013-02-28.