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1986 Pontiac Trans Am – Embodied the 1980s

From CRO Member Eddie Barra
From CRO Member Eddie Barra

In our third installment this week of July 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1986 Pontiac Trans Am presented by nominee Eddie Barra. Here is some general information about the vehicle.

Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for July’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.

During its heyday, the 1986 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am had a coolness factor that very few competitors could match. Many car enthusiasts consider it to be one of the most captivating muscle cars to ever hit the market. Like rock music and Pac-Man arcade games, the Pontiac Trans Am personified the decade of the 80s.

True V-8 Performance

Although boosted V-6 engines had started to gain popularity, the 1986 Pontiac Trans Am still offered a rumbling V-8 engine. The fuel-injected, 5.0-liter engine kicked out 210 horsepower and a stout 270 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic gearbox made driving the Trans Am a breeze. When punching the accelerator from a standstill, drivers could easily hit 60 mph in a competitive 8.2 seconds. Meanwhile, the muscle car clocked a quarter-mile time of 16.23 seconds. With a top speed of nearly 140 mph, the 1986 Pontiac Trans Am definitely gave highway patrolmen a run for their money. Handling was aided by a Y99 Rally Tuned Suspension.

Slick Styling

As usual, the 1986 Trans Am shared its platform with the Chevy Camaro. However, there were some key styling differences between these two muscle cars. When viewing the Trans Am from the front, you will immediately notice its flip-up headlights. A vented hood and a wrap-around spoiler gave the coupe an additional touch of aggression. When equipped with the available T-top roof, the Trans Am instantly became a more exciting performance car. Some of the popular paint colors include Flame Red and Gunmetal Metallic. On the inside, an exclusive 140-mph speedometer help separate it from the rest of the Firebird lineup.

Special Breed

The sinister-looking coupe will forever remain a part of America’s history. Although the 1986 Trans Am was not the fastest muscle car on the street, it was still blessed with the ability to charm drivers. There was certainly something special about the 1986 Pontiac Trans Am. Despite an increase in power, the Trans Am’s production numbers would steadily decline in the following years.

The 1986 Pontiac Trans Am obviously had the perfect recipe for success. Is the legendary muscle car prime for a rebirth?


Please follow this link to see a list of all cars nominated for July’s Ride of the Month and to cast your vote.


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