A number of names from the 1960s’ golden age of muscle vehicles have been revived in latest many years, but 1 is probably never ever coming back—the Pontiac Firebird. This episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” characteristics 1 of the final Firebirds, a 2002 Trans Am WS6.

The Firebird was launched in 1967 as a twin to Chevrolet Camaro, sharing Common Motors’ F-Entire body platform. By the dawn of the 21st century, the two the Camaro and Firebird had gone by way of 4 generations and had been about to be phased out. Whilst the Camaro was revived for the 2010 model 12 months (and stays in manufacturing nowadays), 2002 was the final 12 months for the Firebird. The Pontiac brand followed it into oblivion a number of many years later on.

Whilst the styling was extensively present day (for the time period, at least), Pontiac relied heavily on nostalgia. The Trans Am had been the best overall performance variant of the Firebird considering that its introduction in 1969. Pontiac no longer provided the iconic “Screaming Chicken” hood decal, substituting bulging ram air hood scoops. The WS6 bundle was also a callback, getting initial appeared in 1979.

2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 on Jay Leno's Garage

2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 on Jay Leno’s Garage

In 2002, the Trans Am WS6 was powered by a five.seven-liter LS1 V-eight, which manufactured 325 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It was accessible with a six-velocity guide transmission, and the WS6 bundle additional suspension upgrades and somewhat far more horsepower and torque than the base Trans Am. Leno’s automobile is a coupe with a T-Best, but you could also get a Trans Am convertible in the car’s ultimate 12 months.

Leno received his Trans Am as payment for driving the tempo automobile at the 2002 Daytona 500. That automobile was—you guessed it—a Trans Am, but with a louder yellow exterior. Leno explained he exclusively asked for the far more toned-down dark blue colour.

View the total video for far more on the Firebird’s swan song, and see why Leno thinks the ultimate Firebird was “the ideal 1 they ever created.”