What Are Some Features of the 1980 Pontiac Turbo?


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The 1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo was known for both its affordability and high performance. The car recorded a top speed of 116 mph and was designed to combine a lighter body weight with good stopping power and improved agility. The vehicle used a new type of turbocharged 301-cube V-8 engine. Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo models were only manufactured between 1980 and 1981.

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The 1980 Firebird Trans Am Turbo was an agile model that had thicker cylinder walls than the previous Pontiac versions. Its camshaft was mild, and good stopping power was guaranteed because of the additional four-wheel disc brakes. Pontiac developed the car using a lighter front body meaning the vehicle gained more agility.

The design included lower compression pistons that also incorporated fatter wrist pins and a high-pressure oil pump and baffled pan. The engine used was a turbocharged 301-cube V-8. Pontiac stated the Firebird Trans Am Turbo’s horsepower was 205, at 4,000 RPM. A newly designed, oil-cooled AiResearch turbocharger was also a prominent feature of the car. This model is remembered for combining average-to-good performance with affordability, since the cost of the car was just a little more than previous similar models but had some improved and added features.

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