1996 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 Ram Air Test Drive
The definition of the American Muscle Car centered on lots of performance car for not much money. Big engines, driving the rear wheels, in swoopy two-door bodies. And all of these fairly affordable muscle cars that once poured off the American industry’s assembly lines, the General Motors f-body cousins the Pontiac Firebird and Chevrolet Camaro were the only two that offered, year in and year out, an unbroken line of performance of this uniquely American recipe.
Ram Air was back at Pontiac. A forced induction system used to boost horsepower on early Firebirds, the ram air feature was a new option for the Formula and Trans-Am coupes. It was part of the WS6 performance and handling package, which included a functional twin port hood scoop that helped increase horsepower from 275 to 305 on Firebird 5.7 liter V8. The WS6 package also included stiffer Springs and 17 inch cast aluminum wheels.