Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo
Pontiac presented the second-generation F-Body Firebird in 1970. By the late ‘70s, it was one of the most dominant cars in the segment. Unfortunately, the days of big cube motors and high horsepower ratings were gone. So, Pontiac decided to invest in new technology to generate more power.
That new technology was turbocharging, so in late 1979, Pontiac introduced the Trans Am Turbo. The engine in question was the 301 V8 with a Garrett turbocharger they bolted on it. The power output was relatively modest at 200 to 210 HP. But the torque number was high at 340 lb-ft, which resulted in a hint of performance.