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The 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition (Gen. 2) 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: No Limits

The Firebird appears in Need for Speed: No Limits as part of the "Crew Trials: Pontiac Firebird" event that took place from January 31, 2022 at 01:00 UTC) to February 22, 2022 at 01:00 UTC. The starting performance rating is 308.


The Firebird is a muscle class car that requires 40 rare blueprints to unlock. The blueprints required to unlock the vehicle can be found from various sources:

  • "Crew Trials: Pontiac Firebird" event
NFSNL GaragePlaceholder.jpg Muscle Class Muscle Stock 442 4100 2385 308 Performance Rating
NFSNL GoldStar 2.pngNFSNL GreyStar 4.png x40 Rare Blueprints Max 3200 7995 5877 654 Performance Rating
Stage Upgrades

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 with an A class performance rating.

NFSE Pontiac FirebirdTransAmSpecialEdition 1977.jpg
A 526
Requires 100 blueprints to produce
Top Speed 520
Acceleration 518
Nitro Capacity 541
Strength 350
Durability 361

Need for Speed: Heat

The Firebird '77 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article published[2][3] on August 19, 2019, revealing it to be part of the game's official car list, 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 '77 is unlocked for purchase from the car dealer for NFSHE Icon Bank.png27,500 upon reaching Reputation Level 12NFSHE Icon Rep.png.

It has a customisation rating of ten and can be equipped with performance parts.

NFSHE Pontiac TransAm Dealership.jpg
Unlocked at NFSHE Icon Reputation.png LVL 12
Infobox 2017White Car.png 103
NFSHE Icon Bank.png27,500
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 200
0-60 MPH [s] 8.70
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 325
TOP SPEED [mph] 121
NFSHE HandlingCartesianGraph.png
Customisation (Rating: 10/10)
Engine Swaps (8 Available)
200 hp 6.6L V8
79,000, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 200 / 1,239
385 hp 4.9L F12
185,500, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 385 / 1,204
460 hp 6.2L V8
243,500, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 460 / 1,239
600 hp 5.2L V12
348,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 600 / 1,239
640 hp 8.4L V10
380,500, 39NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 640 / 1,239
710 hp 3.9L V8
438,000, 39NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 710 / 1,234
730 hp 6.5L V12
454,500, 39NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 730 / 1,239
721 hp Forged 3.8L V6
610,000, 47NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 721 / 1,430


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: