2017 New Pontiac Firebird concept may be closer to production than you think
Pontiac says in its press release that "there are currently no plans to bring the concept to production." Of course, that's a qualified statement: the American automaker then follows that up by noting it "has a history of delivering production vehicles that bear a strong resemblance to the Trans Am concept that preceded them." So cross your fingers, kids – this looks like it could be a preview of the company's first real sports car.
Through those three teasers, we've learned and seen more of the 2017 Pontiac Firebird, and we largely like what we see. It's a 2+2, rear-drive coupe with a detuned version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. The 2017 Firebird concept's engine is said to be good for a healthy 315 horsepower, though the race-tuned Firebird can deliver upwards of 400. A six-speed manual handles the power, while staggered Pirelli PZero tires provide the grip. Those Pirellis wrap around a set of 20-inch wheels, complete with showcar-friendly center locks, while 15-inch Brembo brakes and four-piston calipers mean the 2017 Firebird should be able to stop with as much authority as it will go. What the teasers haven't been able to put into perspective, though, is the 2017 Firebird's size.
Now, it's fair to say that a lot of the stuff up here isn't likely to make production – 2017 Firebird concept car rarely get the green light without making some major compromises. Still, enthusiasts should view the 2017 Pontiac Firebird as a very positive sign. It's small and light, and with any luck, it'll provide substantially more grunt than what would seem to be its main competitors – It'll still be some time before we know for certain whether Pontiac will go ahead with a production of the 2017 Firebird, but if history is any indication, the prospects look good.