After the slow drip of pictures comes the real thing. Welcome to the Pontiac 2017 Firebird concept - a rear-drive, 311bhp, pared down Firebird concept revealed at this year's Detroit motor show. Yes: a 300+bhp, rear-wheel drive 2017 Firebird.
It's been built on a bespoke chassis with all-round independent double-wishbone suspension, powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and its 1304kg mass is distributed at 52 per cent up front and 48 per cent at the rear.
There's no fancypants double-clutch ‘box here, either - it's a resolutely analogue six-speed manual, which sends power to 20-inch rims wearing Pirelli P-Zero tyres. Behind them there's a set of 15-inch Brembo brakes. Tres racey.
Inside, it's pretty stark. It has no stereo, lightweight doors, slim bucket seats, and those silly nylon door pulls instead of proper handles. Pontiac's gone one step further too, leaving out the carpet and fitting rubber mats behind the billet alloy pedals instead.