The Stock Engines Broke All The Rules
The 1977 Trans Am was available with a range of V8 engines, including a 6.6-liter option that produced 200 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft of torque. In the film, the Trans Am is shown performing various impressive stunts. The car can be seen jumping over a bridge and outrunning a police car. Some of these stunts were accomplished with special effects and camera tricks. But the car’s actual performance was a key factor in making these scenes (via Get Jerry).
The Trans Am’s speed and handling were also important factors in its success as a high-performance vehicle. The car’s suspension was tuned for maximum handling, and its large disc brakes provided excellent stopping power. The Trans Am’s rear-wheel drive and wide tires also helped improve traction and acceleration, allowing it to achieve impressive speeds.