Pontiac Firebird Concept Takes a Step Back to the Future
By Zlatan Stankovic on September 26, 2017
With similarities to the Camaro and Mustang, the Pontiac Firebird was a thing of beauty before dying out in 2002 after 35 years in the industry. With engine options between six and eight cylinders, a rear-wheel-drive setup, and power aplenty (up to 330 horsepower), the Firebird became a classic in the industry and it has been missed since leaving fifteen years ago. After the Firebird brand came to an end, Pontiac struggled and they soon closed their doors to the public.
However, we’ve now been given an insight into how the Firebird might look today thanks to designer Kasim Tlibekov. Called the Pontiac Firebird TT concept, Tlibekov designed the model on his computer and the ‘TT’ part of the name suggests he has gone for a bi-turbo engine. Before we look inside though, the bodywork looks incredible.
Immediately, you get hit with this stunning blacked-out exterior, wide body, and aftermarket wheels. Once you get past this though, you reach several flashbacks to the classic Firebird such as the split grille and rectangular fascia. As you add in the sharp side profile and sloped rear, it feels as though the Firebird never went away and as though it’s ready to compete with the Camaro and Mustang once again.
Although the design of the rear is a little questionable, it still boasts blasts from the past including window louvers and split taillights. Furthermore, the muscle appearance gives way to a sporty nature in some areas with the huge diffuser and rear wing. Therefore, it creates the perfect combination of muscle, speed, power, and more. In fact, we’ve been imagining what this thing sounds like ever since we first saw the concept. Can you imagine the grit and deep rumble the Firebird TT would offer?
As for details, the designer didn't go into performance and numbers but we assume the model would use similar tools to the Chevy Camaro and this means options of four, six, and eight cylinders.
Sadly, for now, the concept remains as…well, a concept since GM isn't likely to revive Pontiac (let alone Firebird). However, this doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the model, what it would sound like, how it would feel, and more.
Thank you, Kasim Tlibekov!