Rath mistakenly calls the car they steal a Trans Am. A Firebird is only designated a Trans Am by Pontiac if it has two things: a V-8 engine known as an LS1 Trans Am badges or decals on the car located in the middle of the rear quarter panel and roof flanking the back window. How do you know if it has a V-8 or V-6 though? Visually there are two ways to know if a Firebird came from the factory with a V-8 or V-6 engine without actually looking under the hood. V-8 engine Firebirds always came with a raised rear wing spoiler with four attachment pillars that separated the trunk and the spoiler. The V-6 came with a flat rear wing spoiler attached to the trunk with no space in-between like this car had. Second is looking at the speed gauge. V-8 engines will mark up to 150 mph and V-6 engines only mark to 120 mph like Rath said it redlined at. And lastly it didn't have the Trans Am badges so there is no way this car was a Trans Am. It was only a base model.