Road Tests Real world tests of Firebird Formula 400 vs Camaro ZL1 COPO 9560

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

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Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

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Front view of Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO 9560

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO 9560

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A lot faster to 60mph 5.2 s vs 6.9 s Around 25% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 150 mph vs 127 mph 23 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 430 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 345 HP @ 4,800 RPM Around 25% stronger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.67 lb/hp vs 10.37 lb/hp More than 25% better power-to-weight ratio
Lighter curb weight 3,300 lb vs 3,579 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Firebird Formula 400  vs
Camaro ZL1 COPO 9560 
Brand Pontiac Chevrolet
Price 3,370 7,269
Year 1970 1969
Highest auction price $35k, January 2006 $880k, January 2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.37 lb/hp 7.67 lb/hp
Maximum hp 345 HP @ 4,800 RPM 430 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Maximum torque 431 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 451 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,579 lb 3,300 lb
Width 73.4 in 74 in
Height 50.4 in 51 in
Length 192.3 in 186 in
Front track width 61.2 in 59.6 in
Wheelbase 108 in 108 in

road tests

Firebird Formula 400  vs
Camaro ZL1 COPO 9560 
Top speed 127 mph 150 mph
0-60mph 6.9 s 5.2 s

transmission

Drivetrain Rear wheel drive RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 4 4

engine

Displacement 6,600 cc 7,000 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.25:1 12:1
Bore/stroke 4.12 in / 3.75 in 4.25 in / 3.76 in
Pontiac Firebird Formula 400
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