Pontiac says the concept pays homage to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars, suggesting that the eventual production version should prove an enticing project, assuming Pontiac doesn’t stray too far from the 2017 Firebird concept’s principles.
It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing a hefty 315 horsepower, and drive goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The 2017 Firebird also benefits from a host of traditional Firebird sports car touches such as custom center-lock 20-inch wheels, performance brakes, and some wide rubber.
Inside the 2017 Firebird concept, bucket seats covered in molded leather sit above a rubber mat, with billet-aluminum pedals and a flat-bottomed steering wheel underscoring the car's racing intentions. Rather than interior door handles, pull straps with red stitching recall sports cars of half a century before--as does the lack of any audio system at all.