||2002 would prove to be the last year for the Firebird,
and Pontiac decided to issue a special 35th anniversary
opposed to Anniversary of the Trans Am). This special model was a Trans
Am which featured yellow paint, black wheels, and special graphics.
Still exhilarating after all these years, the Pontiac Firebird entered
the 2002 model year as the most exciting car in GM’s excitement
division. Several once-optional features are now standard for 2002. The
ultimate expression of Firebird muscle, Trans Am, was offered in both
coupe and convertible editions. Standard equipment included removable
roof panels with sunshades, leather seating surfaces and an uplevel rear
spoiler for the coupe.
The 5.7L LS1 introduced leading-edge technologies to the grand tradition
of the GM small-block V8, including all-aluminum construction, a thermoplastic
intake manifold. Measured by mass, package size, performance or cost
to the customer, the 5.7L LS1 matches the world’s best overhead
new small block, those who claimed cam-in-block engines could not
meet the demands
of a new decade—or increasingly stringent emissions standards—were
proven patently wrong. Formula and Trans Am drivers get 310 horsepower
and 461 Nm of torque, while Trans Am drivers opting for Ram Air will
enjoy 325 horsepower and 475 Nm. Available transmissions for the
LS1 include a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic.