It’s one of the most pristine-looking Firebird WS6s we’ve ever seen

The Pontiac Firebird is one of the unsung heroes among American sports cars. In fact, Motorweek said in a review from 1998 that the Trans Am was the synonym of “Corvette performance for a minivan price.” The reason for that? For 1998, Pontiac fitted its sports car with a 305-horsepower LS1 engine.

An older review of the 1998 Trans Am WS6 sees it go from zero to sixty in 5.5 seconds and do 14-second quarter mile runs. So, you can understand right away why Jay Leno calls his 2002 Firebird WS6 a “four-seater Corvette.”

By the way, this is a car the Jay Leno got as payment and believe it or not, it has become one of his favorite daily drivers. Leno’s WS6 has 325 horsepower and 345 pound-feet of torque because it is one of the post-2001 models that got a new camshaft and the LS6 intake from the Z06 Corvette. The WS6 also tipped the scales at a tad under 3,500 pounds, which made it quite nimble for its day.

Jay Leno's 2002 Pontiac Firebird WS6 Reminds Us That The Early 2000s Were Pretty Awesome
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Engine LS1
Horsepower 325 HP
Torque 345 LB-FT
Weight 3,500 Lbs

Jay Leno also admits the car’s nose is a bit controversial – which it is – but otherwise, the WS6 is a good-looking car and we second that. Now, about the name, WS6 comes from Wide Suspension 6-pieces.

Jay Leno's 2002 Pontiac Firebird WS6 Reminds Us That The Early 2000s Were Pretty Awesome
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The WS6 was a package that got you thicker sway bars, four stiffer springs, and the whole combo had six pieces (that is, two sway bars and the four springs). So, it is definitely not just a lame GM RPO (Regular Production Option) code.

About that and more you can find out in the video below.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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