The 2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 Is the Corvette That’s Not a Corvette


Back in 2001, if you chose the WS6 version of the Firebird, your car came with the GM’s LT1 engine. It was the same engine you got in the Corvette, making 325 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. As cool as that was, you have to wonder who would spend the money to get a Corvette that’s not a Corvette?

Whether buying one new made sense to you or not, the fourth-generation Firebird was not ashamed. It was a car built to be awesome.

You got a car with a loud, crackling exhaust and styling that straddled the line between bold and obnoxious. For the time, it was a torque monster, and oh, it was fast.

Sadly, 2002 would be the last year for the Firebird, and after that, it disappeared into the night, never to be seen again.