General Motors first introduced the Pontiac Firebird back in 1967, putting it on sale as both a coupe and convertible. It was created to challenge the success of the all American pony sports car, the Ford Mustang. The Firebird and the Chevrolet Camaro shared the same F-body platform, used only on these two models. The Firebird and the Camaro also shared most of the sheet metal, as well as some other features, but they had different engines, although the structures were similar. Until the end of the production, in 2002, four generations of the Firebird emerged, each one offering the coupe and the convertible except the second one, which debuted only with the coupe version. The Pontiac Firebirdnever managed to defeat the Mustang when it comes to fame and reputation, but it’s not an understatement to say it was a successful model. In 2001, the sales of the Firebird dropped drastically, so the company decided to end the production. The public is eager to see what the new Firebird has to offer after a thirteen year production gap.
Firebird Exterior and Interior
The new Pontiac Firebird is continuing with the tradition of being similar to its first cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro. Just like the first generation, it will be offered as a coupe, as well as the convertible version. Exterior wise, the designers made sure that this head-turning vehicle is not just an eye candy but also, it contains elements that improve the overall stability of the car by conducting air out of the wheels during high speeds. The roof itself will be made out of carbon-fiber enhanced plastic, making this model a couple of pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Looking at the front, the grille looks angrier than ever and LED fog lights are a nice touch. The, also LED, headlights are further apart, compared to the previous generation. When it comes to the interior, there’s going to be enough space for passengers to feel comfortable and cozy, especially because of the heated leather seats. Leather covered steering wheel will also positively contribute to the overall impression. The driver will definitely enjoy the voice command option, as well as the fact that all the controls will be placed on the touch screen behind the transmission.
The new Pontiac Firebird will have two engine options to choose from. The powerful supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine is capable of delivering 580 HP and 551 lb ft of torque and is accompanied by a standard 6 speed manual transmission. Byers will also have the option of choosing a 7 speed dual-clutch gearshift.