What is the torque of a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am?
About 310-325ft/lbs if its a stock 400.
The trans ams built in the late 70's used two engine choices an Oldsmobile 403 and the Pontiac 400 it is your understanding that the only way to get the 400 Pontiac engine was to also get the 4 speed?
To get a 400 Pontiac Motor in 1979, you had to also get the 4 speed. Pontiac last manufactured 400 motors in 1978 but saved some from 1978 for use in the 1979 model. Those motors were used in the 1979 4 speed cars only. 1979 Automatics had the Oldsmobile 403. You could also get a turbo version too. All of which could come with auto trans. I worked on many of these at the…
Depends on what your interpretation of "faster" is. Top speed, 0 to 60...etc. What engine, transmission and rear end gears? I can tell you this...the 78 Camaro had a 305.....maybe a 350. The 78 T/A was available with a Pontiac 400. More horsepower and torque than the Camaro. Both cars with the same drive train and gearing...with the top engine offered for both cars....the T/A is "faster".
The Trans Am was introduced March in 1969, and was called Trans Am after the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans-American Challenge Cup in which Pontiac wanted to compete. Pontiac originally wanted their top-end Firebird to be called the Sebring, but as it turned out, Chrysler trademarked the name first. On a side note, General Motors paid the SCCA $5 for every Trans Am sold.