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Pontiac Turbo Trans Am (1989)


Pontiac Turbo Trans Am (1989)

Pontiac wanted a car to commemorate the first Trans Am put into production in 1969. It had to be powerful, it had to be ground-breaking and, most of all, it had to be a driver's machine. They came up with the Turbo Trans Am, loaded with electrics inside plus a wealth of performance extras. All these 20th anniversary models came with the WS6 handling package which consisted of uprated shocks and springs plus fatter anti-roll bars front and rear. Also fitted was a torque arm for better rear tyre grip and Panhard rod to locate the axle in a sideways direction, both of which benefited the car because it could pull 0.89g in cornering. The powerplant was straight from the not-long departed Buick Grand National and used a Garrett turbo, air-to-air intercooler and electronic ignition for massive power which could only be compared to a big V8, though the V6 was much lighter.

Pontiac Turbo Trans Am (1989) Specifications

Top speed:157 mph (251 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.1 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:231 ci (3,785 cc)
Transmission:4-speed auto
Max power:255 bhp (190 kW) @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque:340 lb ft (460 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:3,406 lb (1,548 kg)
Economy:27 mpg (9.6 km/I)
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