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2001 Pontiac Firebird

2001 Pontiac Firebird
Trans Am as T. Rex.

By Sam Moses

Review Pages
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1. Overview
2. Walkaround and Interior
3. Driving Impressions
4. Summary, Prices, Specs

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Overview

Pontiac's Trans Am can fairly be considered a dinosaur, considering that the market for muscle cars has all but dried up and its type is near extinction. Still, the Trans Am WS-6 has many engineering attributes and excellent qualities. And there are still a few people who enjoy a V8-powered all-American cruiser. Even with all its inconveniences and occasional beastliness, the rear-wheel-drive Firebird is still fun to drive and continues to reflect an enduring personal style.

Model Lineup 2001 Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac Firebird is available in coupe and convertible body styles and in three models: Firebird, Formula and Trans Am.

Compared with the base Firebird, the Formula adds speed-rated tires, performance suspension tuning, and a Monsoon CD sound system with 10 speakers.

The Trans Am gets further standard equipment: removable roof panels and a special spoiler on the coupe, and leather seats with six-way power adjustment for the driver.

The engine in the base Coupe or Convertible is the 3800 (3.8-liter) V6, yielding 200 horsepower and 225 foot-pounds of torque. The 5.7-liter V8 (overhead-valve LS1 with aluminum cylinder block and heads) comes in the Formula and Trans Am in two versions: 310 horsepower and 340 foot-pounds of torque or, with the WS-6 Ram Air package, 325 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque.

Three transmissions are available: The base Firebird gets a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic; the Formula and Trans-Am get either the automatic or a six-speed manual in which both fifth and sixth gears are overdrive.


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