The 2018 Pontiac Firebird is an American car built by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002 model. Pontiac Firebird designed as a competitive pony car with Ford Mustang was launched on 23 February 1967, the same model year as the GM’s Chevrolet platform platform-sharing Camaro. This is in line with the release of Mercury Cougar in 1967, Ford’s upscale, platform-sharing share of the Mustang.
As with its corporate twin, the Chevy Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird was born in 1967 to do battle with the original American Sport Coupe, the Ford Mustang. Although the sheet metal was virtually identical between the Camaro and Firebird, a different nose and tail, as well as slight differences inside gave the Pontiac Firebird a little more excitement in the looks department. Coupe and convertible body styles tempted buyers.
In early years, performance buffs gravitated to the Pontiac Firebird thanks to its enticing array of power plants that included the same 400 cubic-inch V8 used in the GTO. Pontiac even provide a high-output upward-cam inline-6 in hopes of making the Firebird more appealing to those who preferred less weight, more nimble handling and a higher-revving engine. This was also the period when the legendary Trans Am trim first debuted, wearing white paint with two blue stripes running over the body.
2018 Pontiac Firebird Design
At the dawn of the 1970s, a redesigned Pontiac Firebird 2018 emerged, and available only in a sleek coupe body style. But as that decade progressed, the Firebird’s performance diminished while body graphics and spoilers, as if to compensate, grew more extroverted. The 3rd-generation Firebird launched in 1982, wearing a lighter, wedge-shaped hatchback body with flip-up headlights. Although the performance of this generation was weak at first, handling was a strong point and by mid-decade, powerful V8s were again becoming available.
Firebird also crude more than 300 horsepower and 13-second quarter-miles in the Formula and Trans Am versions. Though an excellent performance bargain, the Pontiac Firebird from this class became increasingly aged as the years went by. For many consumers, it came across as crude and even crude, especially when correlate to other sport coupes and convertibles. Sales were weak, and Pontiac finally pulled the plug after 2002.
Although fast, stylish and affordable, this Pontiac Firebird lacked refinement, particularly in regards to the interior. The chunky steering wheel design was about as sporty as a taxicab’s and there was an abundance of low-grade plastic trim. Furthermore, the seats were rather plain and short on lumbar and lateral support. On the upside, there were large gauges, decent cargo capacity, and buttoned-down handling.
Consumer feedback is mostly favorable toward Firebirds from this era. Praises center on the strong performance for the money (even with the V6), mechanical reliability, cargo capacity, handling, and styling. Chief complaints concern cheap cabin development, a cramped interior considering the body size and occasionally leaky T-tops.
2018 Pontiac Firebird Engine
Running from 1993-2002, the last Firebird series extend the age-old tradition of performance and style above all else. Initially, only a coupe body style was offered in base, Formula and Trans Am trims, the former coming with a 3.4-liter V6 (160 hp) and the latter pair with an “LT1” 5.7-liter V8 (275 hp). Transmission choices comprise a 5-speed manual (V6), a six-speed manual (V8) and a 4-speed automatic.
Mid-decade saw the return of the Formula (which offered Trans Am performance without the added flash and for less money) and engine options up to 210 hp (5.7-liter V8) and the addition of a gear to each transmission. Sub-15-second quarters with the 5.7 were possible, and the Formula and Trans Am were known for their tenacious road-holding. By the time this generation ended, the S/E was gone, the convertible was back and the 5.7 V8 was producing 240 hp. For 2018 Pontiac Firebird, the V8 made 285 hp and Ram Air induction returned for that engine, boosting output to 305 hp.