UPDATE: From what had already been revealed, the 2017 Pontiac Firebird appeared very-worthy. How could a RWD sports car with more than 300hp and a manual gearbox not catch our attention?
Firebird name but the spec has got us interested
Now with the official launch of the 2017 Firebird, there's a full spec of intriguing info. Such as a weight of 1,304kg, split near-perfectly 52:48 front to rear. Such as the Brembo brakes that are 15-inches in diameter and clasped by four-pot calipers. And if it looks squat, truncated and aggressive in the pics, the stats back that up.
The P-Zeros are 235/35R20s at the front and 275/35R20s behind. Pontiac promises 'loads of corner-hugging grip' which is all well and good, but what about the important stuff like oversteer? Fingers crossed a production version may tone the visual drama back a tad with some smaller wheels and narrower tyres.
The official line on the Firebird's appearance is that it 'moves Pontiac's design language in a bold new direction'. And we can't help but be encouraged: "Driving enjoyment was the number one priority in designing the 2017 Firebird... It's a 2+2 sports car that can turn heads as a daily driver while also being right at home on the track. The 2017 Firebird is a throwback to days when driving a 2017 car was a visceral experience that wasn't muted by electronic gimmickry." Sounds hugely promising, no