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January 14, 1998 - Daily news and reviews  Check out our auto show coverage 

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1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 
Firebird Trans Am inspires and fulfills dreams of power
It is a brilliant, brittle winter weekend, much too cold to permit the removal of the twin roof panels from this T-top version of the 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

 But there are other ways for a middle-aged motorhead to revert to adolescence when the engine bay harbors a new Corvette variant with 305 horsepower and enough torque to pull down a four-bedroom colonial.

 And one of those ways comes to mind as I pull alongside a five-year-old, five-liter Ford Mustang.

 As the Trans Am rolls to a stop, I depress the clutch, slip the slick, strong six-speed Borg-Warner into first gear, and play with the gas pedal a little.

 My next-lane neighbor glances in my direction, then stares straight ahead. He's only packing 225 horses, and doesn't seem interested in a humiliating role in my road movie.

 There aren't any gendarmes in view, so I figure I'll launch the Trans Am anyway. I preface this childishness by turning off the traction control to harvest a maximum amount of tire noise and smoke.


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