Test Drive: 2017 Pontiac Firebird- 2017 Firebird Review
With its 305 horsepower engine, and highway mileage in the 25 plus range’s 2017 Firebird makes for an economical buy. Better yet, it’s a good looking sports car for buyers on a budget. When equipped with the optional V6 2017 Firebird Performance package ($1,995), it’s even more impressive. $27,145 base (base), $32,685 as tested, 19 mpg city/29 mpg hwy.
I first took possession of my Black 2017 Pontiac Firebird a week after testing Pontiac’s 2017 Trans Am Convertible. No doubt, the cars were very different. Obviously one is a coupe and one is a convertible. In addition, one sports a 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve engine (producing 305 hp @ 6,500 rpm), while the other features a 5.0L V8 (producing 412 hp @ 6,500 rpm). Both cars were equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, and both cars featured spotter mirrors integrated into existing side mirrors. Now for the not so obvious. Pontiac’s V6 Firebird, with the optional 2017 Firebird Performance Package, comes equipped with a 3.31 gear ratio. The stock 2017 V6 Firebird features a 2.73 gear ratio. Other features, exclusive to this package, include gloss black side mirrors, unique stability control calibration, special front and rear calipers with 2017 Firebird performance friction pads, an upsized front sway bar, an sourced rear sway bar, unique front springs, front strut tower brace, and sharp looking 19-inch aluminum wheels with 255/40R19 summer tires.