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1978 Pontiac Trans Am: Performance, Powerful and Popular

1978 Pontiac Trans AmFrom a historical standpoint, the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am was a bright spot in an automotive era that often goes overlooked.

Throughout the 1970s, various governmental policies restricted automakers from developing high-performance street cars. However, the revamped Trans Am provided a sense of optimism for the future.


A Significant Boost of Performance

For the first time in several years, the Trans Am’s performance finally matched its aggressive appearance. Pontiac tweaked the 400-cubic-inch engine to push out 220 horsepower and a bone jarring, 325 pound-feet of torque. With the help of an improved exhaust system, the muscular Trans Am certainly delivered a quicker performance on the track. When launched from a standstill, the 1979 Pontiac Trans Am clocked a quarter-mile time of only 15.2 seconds. This means that the Trans Am could keep pace with the much more expensive 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS.


The WS6 Suspension Package

Aside from its increased power under the hood, the Trans Am also benefited from a better suspension system. The exclusive WS6 suspension package contained quite a few goodies, including stiffer springs and a thicker rear stabilizer bar. A set of wider tires also helped the Trans Am to remain poised on twisty roads. The car’s athletic handling definitely put a smile on the driver’s face. When lined up against the 1978 Chevy Corvette, the Trans Am was able to hold its own.


Pontiac Trans Am’s Proven Popularity

Car shoppers definitely leaped at the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the new Trans Am. In fact, the Trans Am outsold all of the other versions of the Firebird by a wide margin. Muscle car fans loved the coupe’s menacing profile. Equipped with a signature grille and a shaker hood scoop, the 1978 Trans Am was one of the most aggressive-looking cars of its era.


During its heyday, the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am was a highly sought-after sports car that gave hope to many drivers. The Trans Am surely deserves to be recognized for its undervalued performance and legendary styling.

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