The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition is a coupé manufactured by Pontiac built between 1977 to 1978 for the second generation Firebird.

Also known as "Blackbird", it was available with custom gold interior and exterior trims for the coupe, and T-top models. It was priced higher than the simultaneously built Formula model.

It gained popularity for its appearance in the 1977 action-comedy film Smokey and the Bandit.[1]


Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

The Firebird Trans Am SE appears in Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) as a muscle class car with the downloadable Movie Legends pack.

Purchasing the Movie Legends pack will immediately unlock the Firebird Trans Am SE within single player. It is unlocked in multiplayer upon the player completing 6 SpeedList events in the Dodge Charger R/T.

Need for Speed: Payback

The Firebird appears in Need for Speed: Payback as a downloadable add-on that was made available with the March Update released on March 20, 2018.


It is unlocked for purchase from the drag, drift, off-road, race, and runner class dealerships upon purchase and download from the online store.

NFSPB PontiacFirebird Garage.jpg Drag ClassDrift ClassOff-road ClassRace ClassRunner ClassNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.png Purchase from the online store.
NFSPB BankYellow Icon.png 0
NFSPB StatIcon Speed LargeWhite.png Horsepower 200
Top Speed 121
NFSPB StatIcon Accel LargeWhite.png 0 - 60 6.80
1/4 Mile 15.43
NFSPB StatIcon Nitro LargeWhite.png N2O Capacity 3.6
N2O Power 3.6
NFSPB StatIcon Air LargeWhite.png Airtime 3.9
Landing 4.4
NFSPB StatIcon Brakes LargeWhite.png Response 2.2
Power 1.7

Need for Speed: Edge

The Firebird Trans Am Special Edition 1977 appears in Need for Speed: Edge.

Need for Speed: Heat

The Firebird appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article, revealing it to be part of the game's official car list, was published[2][3] on August 19, 2019, and appears in the NFS: Heat Studio app as a secret car that's part of container 3, which was released on September 3, 2019.


The stock Firebird can be unlocked in Need for Speed: Heat.


Need for Speed (Film)

The Firebird Trans Am is briefly featured in Need for Speed. It appears as a traffic vehicle being overtaken during the race involving the three Koenigsegg Agera R cars.



  1. Car of the Week: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition
  2. Article: (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at:
  3. Article: (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at:

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