Top Speed:126 MPH
0-60: 8.0 Seconds
Horsepower: 200 @ 3500 RPM
Torque: 325 @ 2000 RPM
Transmission: 4 Speed Semiautomatic
Introduced as part of the 1970-launched second-generation Firebird line-up, the Formula gave a generation of drivers a powerful ticket into the pony car club. The lightest of the four Firebird models, its performance was only trumped by the top-of-the-range Trans-Am, while its popularity was further boosted when Pontiac’s parent company, General Motors, decided to discontinue its F-body buddy, the Chevrolet Camaro Z28, in 1975.
Having dropped the ‘coke bottle’ design exhibited by the first generation, Firebirds adopted a look that was to be made famous by movies such as Smokey and the Bandit. The late 1970s -- arguably the model’s golden era -- saw further aesthetic tinkering, including the addition of a slanted nose and distinctive square headlights.
Despite the many restrictions imposed following the 1973 oil crisis, when equipped with the high-performance ‘W72’ engine package -- a high-performance version of the 6.6-liter V8 -- the 1977-vintage Formula could still call on 200 bhp, which was capable of taking it from 0-60 mph in eight seconds.
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