• Sep 22, 2008
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The Firehawk name is well known by GM performance buffs, having graced some of the highest performing Firebird models from 1991 until 2002. Built by New Jersey based SLP (Street Legal Performance), the Firehawk models received various levels of performance upgrades and could hang with the best of American muscle during its day: the later models could run 0 to 60 mph in around five seconds and passing the 1/4 mile in the mid 13's. While the Firebird wasn't revived along with the Camaro, SLP has decided to use the G8 to revive the Firehawk name with three special edition cars based on the V6 and V8 models as well as a supercharged version. The cars will be sold through Pontiac dealers and will carry a full warranty. Sound great, right? Current Firebird Firehawk owners don't think so. After hearing the news on LS1Tech.com, many of the members were outraged that the Firehawk name would be watered down on something besides a Firebird, in particular a four door sedan. In all fairness, SLP owns the Firehawk name and can use it how it wants, so we'll reserve judgment until the car is actually unveiled and we can see how it performs. Thanks for the tip, Russ!

[Source: LS1Tech.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Mullet-wearing hillbillies are taking to the streets in outrage. Suggest distracting them with cases of Miller High Life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol! 10-4 good buddy, seems we got another bandit on the loose.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The wheels are too big IMO. They look too ghetto, prevent the car from sitting any lower, and hurt performance.

      Otherwise I like. Can't wait to hear about the supercharged ls v8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A supercharged V8 however... (LS7 anyone?)........
      • 6 Years Ago
      F em. Buncha whiners.

      They should thank their lucky stars there's no G3 Firehawk.
      • 6 Years Ago
      SLP makes very nice aftermarket pieces. You can't expect them to put their 1.75" headers on a production vehicle as it won't meet current regulations. I think SLP makes some of the nicest, well constructed aftermarket pieces money can buy for your GM, Ford, or Chrysler. Fit and finish is nothing short of spectacular. F-body owners, T/A's in particular that had their air lid on their stock Firehawks were and still are sought after for your stock LS1 powered T/A.

      nevets248: "Sudden Lack of Power". Cute, but my long tube headers beg to differ. The dyno showed quite the opposite.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The wheels are too big IMO. They look too ghetto, prevent the car from sitting any lower, and hurt performance.

      Otherwise I like. Can't wait to hear about the supercharged ls v8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks sweet .... great car
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Firehawk originally a Firebird? FAIL

      "SLP has decided to use the G8 to revive the Firehawk name" EPIC FAIL

      "V6 and V8 models" LEGENDARY FAIL
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      although I am curious of the Supercharger and if it will jump into the Camaro...
        • 6 Years Ago
        LMBVette,
        Obviously you havent done your research. About the only aethetics done were a functional composite hood, wheels and a firehawk logo. Most were performance mods such as exhaust, RAM air intake, upgraded suspension, upgraded tires.

        I dont think the firehawk name should be used with anything other then a firebird. I also think GM should bring back the firebird on the camaro platform. To many the "firehawk" name has very close ties to the firebird and the 2 shouldnt be seperated. Thats like takeing the Callaway name and slapping it on a Honda Civic....just aint working.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Quote from Tad: -
        "Thats like takeing the Callaway name and slapping it on a Honda Civic" -

        If it makes you feel any better, Callaway did build some turbo VW's in the late 1970's and early 1980's. They were one of the first to offer a turbo kit for the early water-cooled VW's.

        Here's an example of one.
        http://hometown.aol.com/calawaymk2/myhomepage/auto.html

        That said, I do agree that Firehawk belongs on the Firebird. Mostly just because bird goes with hawk much better than with G8. Also explains why there were no Camaro Firehawks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Any f body owner or enthusiast knows that the SLP editions of the Firebird/Trans Am were really just appearance mods, especially on the 4th generation 1998-2002.

        A stock LS1 Z28 or V8 Trans Am would run mid 13's bone stock.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No...SLP does not own the Firehawk name. They lease it from Firestone. Dave is just cheap and doesn't want to have to license another name since he has already paid on the Firehawk lease.

      Dave...go back to selling stickers and odd crap on ebay...who knows, maybe someone will pay you $20K for your headlight design (Bwahhhha). The F-body crowd is done with you!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't see the problem? IMHO it looks nice. I wouldn't mind putting a 4 door Firehawk next to my 2 door Firehawk. SLP owns Firehawk. It is a registered trademark. Why come here and bash SLP for their proto-type headlight at $20k? Grow up! It's called marketing. People talk about it and go to ebay to see these lights and end up buying something else. That's smart business.
        I own a Firehawk and have no problem with a 4 door Firehawk. That's the way of the world. AMG, M series, RS series all have 4 doors and performance to match.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lame. Just think of another name and leave the firehawks to the birds, this is more like a Fire8 or an gR8(lol)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car looks good, especially from the back. Unlike some other muscles cars (Mustang, Camaro)

      As far as the name, Who cares? Firehawk? They can name it Arrow, or Rage, or Pressure, who cares about the name, its the end product that sells.
        • 6 Years Ago
        is that sarcasm?i cannot tell
        • 6 Years Ago
        No its not Sarcasm, i really like this car (looks). And both Camaro and Mustang do have very large backs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Flatblack? What is this--1978? This car betrays one of my major issues with the G8. This car is being targeted at an audience that is too down-market to afford it.
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