1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is a rear wheel drive motor vehicle, with its engine placed in the front, and a 2 door coupé body. Power is supplied by an overhead valve, 6.6 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder engine, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 185 bhp (188 PS/138 kW) at 3600 rpm and 427 N·m (315 lb·ft/43.5 kgm) at 2000 rpm respectively. The power is delivered to the wheels via a 3 speed automatic gearbox. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am weighs a quoted 1583 kg at the kerb. Top stated speed is 180 km/h (112 mph).

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Key facts

1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
5032 mm
How heavy?
1583 kg
What size engine?
6.6 litre, 6586 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
188 PS / 185 bhp / 138 kW @ 3600 rpm
How much torque?
427 Nm / 315 ft.lb / 43.5 kgm @ 2000 rpm
How fast?
180 km/h, 112 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 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 3M 3791 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 1477 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 4M 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1583 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 3A 3791 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW
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 6598 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW 1653 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 6558 cm3 223 PS 220 bhp 164 kW 1640 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 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 5896 cm3 193 PS 190 bhp 142 kW 1589 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 193 PS 190 bhp 142 kW 1623 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 193 PS 190 bhp 142 kW 1597 kg
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2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5900 cm3 198 PS 195 bhp 145 kW 1731 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5900 cm3 193 PS 190 bhp 142 kW 1731 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW
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1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2748 108.2
Track/tread (front) 1557 61.3
Track/tread (rear) 1524 60
Length 5032 198.1
Width 1854 73
Height 1252 49.3
Ground clearance 117 4.6
length:wheelbase ratio 1.83
Kerb weight 1583 kg 3490
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 6.6 litre
6586 cc
(401.902 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 110.5 × 85.85 mm
4.35 × 3.38 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.29
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
188 PS (185 bhp) (138 kW)
at 3600 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
28.1 bhp/litre
0.46 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
427 Nm (315 ft·lb) (43.5 kgm)
at 2000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
64.83 Nm/litre
0.78 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7.9:1
Fuel system 1 Ro M4MC carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 814.7 kPa (118.2 psi)
Maximum RPM 4400 rpm
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 823.25 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 180 km/h (112 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 118.49 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
87.15 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
116.87 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 11.47 kg/kW
19.17 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 P225/70 R 15
Tyres rear P225/70 R 15
Brakes F/R VeDi/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter
Braked area 2106 cm2
Gearbox 3
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 2.41
general
Carfolio.com ID99594
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 60.6
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am added 2002-09-05.
Last modified 2013-02-28.