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Pontiac Firebird Turbo T/A (1980)


Pontiac Firebird Turbo T/A (1980)

While it looked like the Anniversary model, the Turbo T/A was very different indeed as it used a turbocharged V8 under the hood. The car was deemed good enough to pace that year's Indianapolis 500, and around 7,500 replicas made it on to the road. A WS6 suspension package was optional, and this gave recalibrated shocks and stiffer springs, as was a four-wheel disc brake set-up, which many buyers went for. Pontiac's 400ci (6.5-liter) and Oldsmobiles 403ci (6.6-liter) engines were proving too tough to get through emission, so engineers started out with a 40lei (6.5-liter) from the station wagons, then bolted a turbo to it, lowering the compression in the process to aid reliability. While it took some getting over the lag, the car was great once up to speed. An all-time high in sales was reached this year with 117,109 Trans Am being sold.

Pontiac Firebird Turbo T/A (1980) Specifications

Top speed:116 mph (186 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):8.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:301 ci (4,932 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:210 bhp (157 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque:345 lb ft (468 Nm) @ 2,000 rpm
Weight:3,673 lb (1,669 kg)
Economy:16 mpg (5.66 km/I)
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