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Cars > Challenges > “RamAirTA” Vs “Cherry Bomb”

 

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TATA455

M–57
Circle Pines, Minnesota
United States

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The_Dude

M–44
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
United States

 

1998 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible Ram Air WS6

“RamAirTA”

2008 Pontiac G8 GT

“Cherry Bomb”

 
Photo of: 1998 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible

No longer owned

Photo of: 2008 Pontiac G8
 

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About “RamAirTA”

There have only been two owners of this TA. Both right here in the Minneapolis area. I am the 2nd owner of those two. I have had three TA convertibles and when I sold the 2nd one, I decided it was a mistake. So the search was on for a replacement. Little did I know that the replacement car would be just a few miles away! And it was an exact duplicate of our RED 2002 WS6 that we sold. So I was really happy to get a chance to pick it up.

Car is totally stock. Even retains the Factory single 3" exhaust. That single pipe always is good for a conversation or two at the car shows.

There are few cars you can buy that are so much fun and really so reasonably priced at the LS1 powered WS6 cars.

I did have to pull the orginal wheels off this summer. At 26,328 miles, they started to weather check and crack to the point of not really being safe. I left them on the original wheels and put a set of 2002 Speedline WS6 wheels on as they were just laying around the garage with new tires ready to go.

You can find me regularly making trips down the the St. Croix River valley and Stillwater, MN on the weekends. It is just a blast to drive.

About “Cherry Bomb”

Last month, I got a MAJOR Union greviance settlement at work. My wife and I decided that it was time for me to get a car I really liked since she got a decent one earlier this year. We went looking for something that I would like better than my old Cavalier sedan (Notice that I never bothered to post that car!) and that would be a better fit for our two growing kids. After a series of phone calls to local dealers, we jumped in the old Cavalier and headed on down to the local Pontiac/Buick/GMC store to check out this car. It was the sales manager's demo, so if you combine that with the Labor Day sale, End-Of-Model-Year pricing, and Pontiac being a 'Lame Duck' brand, you can see why we got a great screamin' deal on this car - nearly 1/4 off sticker!

 

Specs for “RamAirTA”

The 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 was a special edition Trans Am that came with a ram air package. This package allowed for a mild increase in performance.

Horsepower
The WS6 package took the LS-1 V8's horsepower up to 320 horsepower at 5,200 rpm.

Torque
The WS6 package jumped the torque rating up to 345 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm.

Speed
The WS6 took all of its power and turned it into good performance numbers. It went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds with a manual transmission and 6.0 in an automatic. It ran through the 1/4-mile drag strip in 13.4 seconds at 106.2 MPH and had an overall top speed of 165 MPH.

Fuel Economy
With all of this performance considered, the Trans Am WS6 was easy on fuel. It get 18 to 19 MPG in the city and 26 to 28 MPG on the highway.

Specs for “Cherry Bomb”

6.0 Liter V-8
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Limited Slip Differential
4-wheel Independant Suspension
4-wheel Disc Brakes

I'll get back to you with Horsepower and Torque numbers. I don't have any times yet, since I'm not going to beat on my new car that's not even fully broken in yet!

 

Factory Options for “RamAirTA”

LS1 V8 Engine
Automatic Transmission
WS6 Ram Air
Power Convertible Top
Factory Boot
Leather Interior
PW, PL, PSeats
Power Trunk Release
Tilt and Cruise
17" WS6 Wheels
Air Conditioning
4 Wheel Disc Brakes
AM-FM CD Stereo System
Traction Control

Factory Options for “Cherry Bomb”

Plenty, but it's all standard on the GT! All the usual stuff- Power steering/brakes/ seats/windows/locks/mirrors, Remote Start, OnStar, Blaupunkt AM/FM/XM/6-Disc CD Player, P245/45R18 Tires

 

Mods for “RamAirTA”

2002 WS6 wheels and new tires. Otherwise totally stock.

Mods for “Cherry Bomb”

Hey, I just got the car! Only thing I've done is pull the dealer's sticker off the trunk!

 

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