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  • Appearance changes were minimal, but the Firebird got a sharply altered engine selection this year.
    • Base engine for base and Esprit models remained the 231-cid (3.8-liter) V-6.
    • A new 265-cid (4.3-liter) V-8 was optional along with a 301-cid (4.9-liter) four-barrel V-8.
    • Trans Ams now carried the E/C 301-cid four-barrel V-8, which was optional on Formula models.
    • Both the Trans Am and Formula could also get a new turbocharged 301-cid four barrel.
    • As in other models, California cars had a modified selection, including a 305-cid V-8 standard in the Trans Am and formula.
  • Base and Esprit Firebirds still had a three-speed manual transmission, while the Formula and Trans Am carried automatic transmissions.
  • All California Firebirds were equipped with automatic transmission.
  • Dual exhausts came in a lighter weight design this year.
    • Turbocharged Firebirds included a unique hood with special bird decal.
    • Turbo graphics went on the hood and deck lid spoiler.
    • Another bird decal was available for non-turbo Trans Ams.
  • A new "Yellow Bird" option package with gold accent striping replaced the former Redbird package.
  • Trans Am buyers could again get a black-painted Special Edition package, either with or without a hatch roof.
  • New Trans Am graphics colors included bronze-and-burgundy and a revised red-and-gold combination.
  • New seating came in five colors.
  • Dark blue was a new interior color.
  • New optional electronic-tuned stereo radios came with a four-speaker system.
  • Tungsten halogen headlamps remained available.


VIN LocationOn top of dash at left, viewable through windshield
12General Motors: Pontiac Division
2SBasic Firebird
TFirebird Esprit
VFirebird Formula
WTrans Am
3 & 487hardtop coupe
5Engine code
  • A = 231-cid two-barrel V-6
  • S = 265-cid two-barrel V-8
  • W = 301-cid four-barrel V-8
  • T = 301-cid four-barrel V-8
  • H = 305-cid four-barrel V-8
6AYear: 1980
7_Assembly plant
8 to 13100001 and upproduction sequence


Model NumberStyle NumberBody TypeSeatingFactory PriceShipping WeightProduction Total
2FS872-door Hardtop Base Firebird - V64$5604326929,811
both 6 & V8
2FS872-door Hardtop Base Firebird - V84$57843342
2FT872-door Hardtop Esprit - V64$5967330417,277
2FT872-door Hardtop Esprit - V84$61473377
2FV872-door Hardtop Formula4$695534109,358
2FW872-door Hardtop Trans Am4$7179342950,898


VIN Code A (Buick) S W E/C T (turbocharged) H (Calif.)
Cylinders90° V-690° V-890° V-890° V-890° V-890° V-8
ValvingOverhead valveOverhead valveOverhead valveOverhead valveOverhead valveOverhead valve
Bore & Stroke3.80 x 3.40 in.3.75 x 3.00 in.4.06 x 3.04 in.4.06 x 3.04 in.4.06 x 3.04 in.3.74 x 3.48
Displacement231 cid (3.8 liters)265 cid (4.3 liters)301 cid (5.0 liters)301 cid (5.0 liters)301 cid (5.0 liters)305 cid (5.0 liters)
Compression ratio8.0 : 18.3 : 18.1 : 18.4 : 17.6 : 18.4 : 1
Brake H.P.110 @ 3800 rpm120 @ 3600140 @ 4000 rpm155 @ 4400 rpm210 @ 4000 rpm150 @ 3800 rpm
Torque (lb-ft)190 @ 1600 rpm210 @ 1600 rpm240 @ 1800 rpm240 @ 2200 rpm345 @ 2000 rpm230 @ 2400 rpm
Main bearingsFourFiveFiveFiveFiveFive
Valve liftersHydraulic
Carburetor2-barrel Rochester M2ME2-barrel Rochester4-barrel Rochester M4MC4-barrel Rochester M4MC4-barrel Rochester M4MC4-barrel Rochester M4MC


Three-speed manual floor shift
Four-speed manual shift
Three-speed automatic


FEATUREFirebirdEspritFormulaTrans Am
Wheelbase108.2 in.108.2 in.108.2 in.108.2 in.
Overall length196.8 in.196.8 in.196.8 in.196.8 in.
Height49.3 in.49.349.549.5
Front tread60.960.961.361.2
Rear tread60.060.060.460.3
TiresP205/75R15P205/75R15P225/70R15 SBRP225/70R15 SBR
SteeringRecirculating ball
Front suspensioncoil springs with lower trailing links and anti-sway bar
Rear suspensionsemi-elliptic leaf springs with anti-sway bar
BrakesFront disc, rear drumsFront disc, rear disc
Body constructionUnit with separate partial frame
Fuel tank21 gal


265-cid two-barrel V-8 (Firebird)$150
301-cid four-barrel V-8 (Firebird)$325
301-cid four-barrel V-8 (Trans Am)$180 credit
E/C 301-cid four-barrel V-8 (Formula)$150
Turbo 301-cid V-8 (Formula)$530
Turbo 301-cid V-8 (Trans Am)$350
305-cid V-8 four-barrel (Firebird)$295
Turbo-Hydra-Matic transmission$358
Limited slip differential$81
Power brakes$81
Power four-wheel disc brakes (Formula/Trans Am)$162
Super-cooling radiator (Firebird)$35-$64
Heavy-duty battery$19 - $23
Heavy-duty alternator$15 - $51
Engine block heater$16
Esprit "Yellow Bird" appearance package$505 - $550
Trans Am Special Edition$748
Trans Am Special Edition with hatch roof$1443
Formula appearance package$100
Formula special performance package$281 - $481
Trans Am special performance package$281 - $481
Air conditioning$531 - $647
Cruise control$105 - $116
Hatch roof$695


1980 Firebird Notes

  • Introduced on Oct. 11, 1979
  • This was a bad time throughout the industry.
  • Pontiac sold 107,344 Firebird models down from 187,182 in 1979 (57%)
  • Camaro also dropped from 282,571 to 152,005 (54%)
  • A white limited edition Turbo Trans Am was the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500
  • Robert Stempel moved from Pontiac's general manager to became head of General Motors
  • William E. Hoglund became Pontiac's general manager


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