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It's hard to believe that it's been two decades since the Pontiac Fiero went away. The Fiero was a project that began with great promise and ultimately dissolved into the pre-Lutz era corporate politics that was General Motors in the late '80s. Early spy photos showed a hot looking little two-seat mid-engine sports car. Rumors early on had it powered by an aluminum block 2.9L turbo V6. Unfortunately, the prospect of a mid-engine Pontiac that would out run a contemporary Corvette did not sit well with the bow-tie boys. The result was the first production iterations of the Fiero being neutered to within an inch of their lives.

By the time Pontiac fixed what was wrong with the early models, its reputation was so bad that no one would touch it any more. Over time, surviving Fieros have undergone all manner of visual and mechanical transformations coming out looking like faux Lamborghinis and Ferraris. They have even been stuffed with heavily boosted small block V8s. The one missing project that we haven't seen is probably the one closest to the original vision for the car.

Take an original four-cylinder Fiero body. Add the upgraded suspension from the last '88 GTs. Then insert the 2.0L turbo direct-injected engine used in the Solstice GXP and other cars mated to a six speed gearbox. That engine is now available in front-wheel-drive form in the Chevy HHR SS, so it should be doable. A Fiero with 260 hp and 260 lb-ft peaking at 2,000 rpm, what a deal! Any takers?


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Because that engine is still very expensive to get second hand or from GM.

      You can pick up complete Northstars and S/C 3800s for a song out of wrecked cars now so those swaps are much more prevelant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        By the way, the turboed Ecotec has also been available for years in a fwd layout in the Saab 9-3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Off topic but I would absolutely love it if GM made another Fiero.

      Toyota made the mid engine convertable MR2 for 22 grand Im sure GM can make a Fiero for 25 grand. I'd line up for one. Make it a targa like the original. Sweet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you'd have a hard time getting these fat f'in Americans in one of these.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I had an 87 fiero gt. I'd buy another one if they made it which is what Pontiac should have done instead of the Solstice/Sky badge engineered duo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You guys are really hurting for stories today. First - the oh-so-obvious performance screen on the Challenger's EVIC, and then a story on how the R8's are already taken for the foreseeable future.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm glad someone else noticed that this post is pretty much useless. I have random, bad engine swap ideas of my own all the time--no need for AB to provide more.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So mid-engined Fieros suffered from engine fires...

      ...and mid-engined diesels suffer from engine fires (R8 V10 TDI concept)...

      ...therefore, a mid-engined diesel Fiero CANNOT suffer from engine fires, because two negatives make a positive?

        • 7 Years Ago
        Who said anything about diesel? The author is talking about a Direct Injected gasoline motor.

        Also, from what I understand about the Fiero (not a whole lot, I will admit...):

        The engine fires were caused by people driving the Iron Duke like it was a sports car, ie keeping the revs way up constantly, which it was not designed to do. This caused bad things to happen to the oil, which would spray onto the exhaust manifold, catching fire.

        I could have sworn that Pontiac remedied as many of them as they could, but the damage to the public perception was done.

        'Course, I was born the year the Fiero was cancelled, so it's not like I know any of this first hand.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The V6 Fiero never had engine fires. The only Fiero with engine fires was the model with the Iron Duke/Tech IV, one of the worst engines ever made.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wtf
      • 7 Years Ago
      With gas where it is today, the EcoTech 2.0 DI Turbo will become the next small block Chevy for project cars.
      Bring it on in the GM Performance catalog and don't forget to add a RWD clutch & stick transmission offering.
      The previous offering was supercharged, but could only be transplanted in a FWD application unless you really got creative.
      For my Volvo P1800 ES project car, I was thinking of using a late model Corvette set-up. $4.00 gas makes a 2.0 DI Turbo another way to go.
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2.8V6 was introduced in the Fiero in 1985 during the second model year. Rated at 140 hp vs the standard 2.5 iron duke 4 cylinder rated at 98 hp. The V6 grew in displacement to a 3.1V6 and is currently sold in several midsize GM vehicles as the 3.4V6 at 200+ hp. It would be easier to mount one of these 60 degree V6 in the Fiero. The Chevy minivan 3.4 generates a generous 240 hp, it would be the most bang for the buck, but the 5 speed manual tranny would be a must. The 20th anniversary since the demise and there still seems to be interest in this unique little pocket rocket. A fixer upper should be affordable, with alot of potential for speed demons.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've wanted to do something like this done since the supercharged Cobalt SS came out. Ever since the HHR SS was announced I've been waiting patiently for someone to pull the trigger...
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...and ultimately dissolved into the pre-Lutz era corporate politics that was General Motors in the late '80s."

      and how is any different now with Splutz? The Pontiac Fiero is a classic example of the complete stupidity that haunts the General both then AND now. The Solstice is yet another example of an 'almost' car that offers a bit of styling and little else.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Companies like GM need cars like this to draw in people, keep people thinking that GM can build cars like this. Judging by your comment, you drive a grocery getter which must be a magnet with the ladies!
        • 7 Years Ago
        dude you are speaking the truth. That Solstice is going to end up just like the Fiero. Why make a convertible with ZERO trunk space when you have the top down? Oh, wait because people never put anything in the trunk of a convertible.. That must be the engineer's thinking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Only lately thought that the LNF would work in a Fiero... and I've heard of the previous Northstar and 3800 swaps.

      Though my newest thought was to drop the LS4 in there - especially since the Grand Prix GXP is now gone... take advantage of the smaller transverse package vs a LS1/6/2, but get the same aftermarket...
        • 7 Years Ago
        An LS4 swap has already been done, by Sinister Performance (www.gmtuners.com) and another one is being worked on at West Coast Fiero.
        I think FastFieros is working on one as well but they removed all the DoD stuff and are just running it like an LS1..
      • 7 Years Ago
      You don't want to make this go too fast, cuz if you do, parts start falling off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All new cars are Fieros with bodykits, true story.
        • 7 Years Ago
        and they are faster then gtr's and can run on water
        • 7 Years Ago
        pmiddle:

        Sure they're faster than GT-Rs, but are they faster than ZR-1s?

        :D
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Sure they're faster than GT-Rs, but are they faster than ZR-1s?"

        The ZR-1 is actually a slightly modded Fiero :O
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