The Pontiac Firebird has long been a top performance bargain, but with improvements over the past years, plus upgrades for 2017, the lineup just keeps getting better.
Available in both 2017 Firebird coupe and 2017 Firebird convertible forms in base and Sport trims, or coupe-only in Firebird trims, the 2017 Firebird is an edgy and instantly recognizable silhouette no matter which you choose. The shovel-nosed, stub-tail look has held up well in the current generation, but the interior is looking dated--and with a new firebird on the way for 2017, it's not likely to change much next year, either.
Three different V-8 engines are available depending on the model chosen: the base 2017 Firebird and Firebird coupe get a 6.2-liter V-8 engine rated at up to 436 horsepower; the Firebird Sport gets its 505 horsepower from a 7.0-liter; and the 2017 Firebird uses a supercharged 6.2-liter supercharged to put out 638 horsepower. Whichever you choose, performance is electricifying with either automatic or manual transmissions.
The manual-transmission models come with standard launch control, helping them reach 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, with the 2017 Firebird shaving that to 3.9 seconds and the 2017 Firebird sport a scant 3.4 seconds. Despite the obvious speed, the 2017 Firebird range handles well, too, with crisp, communicative steering. Excellent brakes are also par for the 2017 Firebird.