• Jul 30th 2010 at 6:57PM
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The Smoking Tire drives the Firebreather – Click above to watch video after the jump

Matt Farah and the crew from The Smoking Tire just can't seem to get enough of the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible they had for this year's Bullrun. With the cross-country party over and nothing but a mountain of citations looming in the distance, The Smoking Tire set out to give the big Blue Oval one last goodbye. Of course, they couldn't spend an entire episode pouring over every last detail of a vehicle that regular viewers know all too well. Instead, the show lined up a quick stint behind the wheel of the Classic Design Concepts Firebreather.

Think of it as what the 2010 Pontiac Firebird would have looked like if the Poncho had survived the GM apocalypse and the company's designers had been on acid. If you can get past the wildly rear sheet metal and the drooping front fascia, there's a supercharged version of the 6.2-liter V8 in the Chevrolet Camaro on which it's based. The whole concoction is good for 600 horsepower, and while the car was originally worked up for an Exodus Productions movie, Classic Design Concepts will be selling genuine Firebreather models to the public. Hit the jump to see Farah wrangle the car through a canyon or two.

[Source: The Smoking Tire]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Both look and sound awesome, both could lose the stickers
        • 5 Years Ago
        both were used for the bullrun, hence the stickers
      • 5 Years Ago
      ear to ear grin the whole episode. lucky bastard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Camaro with a schnoz.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks great. Futuristic and classic at the same time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Firebreather is incredibly ugly (inside and out). And for a car with all-new body panels, save the doors, it looks EXACTLY like a Camaro.

      • 5 Years Ago
      All this tells me is that GM made a big mistake killing off Pontiac completely. It definitely has a niche market that they are missing out on.At least the aftermarket industry recognizes this. How many more firebird/trans am replicas will we see before GM decides to build a real one?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is what special editions are for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see why the GMC/Cadillac/Buick dealers couldn't sell a Firebird special edition vehicle. It's not as if they have any competitive offerings sitting in the lots to steal sales from. Now that Camaro sales are starting to lose their luster, I bet GM will do something to keep the factory working in the future
        • 5 Years Ago
        Two ways around that:

        1) Least likely: GM offers a "Legacy Car Package" including the 'Pontiac Firebird' styling (yet still legally a Chevrolet Camaro).

        2) More likely: GM licenses the use of Pontiac trademarks (to which it or Motors Liquidation Company still retain) to an aftermarket parts company who can craft such custom styling parts to be sold and applied--still necessitating registration as Chevy Camaros.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Think the snout is a bit overdone, I think the Kevin Morgan Designs' Trans Am looks cleaner up front.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, I like that one. The nose is a little cleaner, and the hood scoop is in better proportions to me.

        ...time for Smokey and the Bandit 4? ;-) (movie, not another lame TV show)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting... Too bad Pontiac is no longer around to see a full fledged TA but with all these design models of them are very nice to see. I don't know if I'd chose this specific design but the engine sounds good.
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