2002 Firebird New Car Test Drive
The age of the dinosaurs finally has come to a close. The 2002 model year is the last for Pontiac's fabled Firebird. (The same is true for its close cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro.)
But this front-engine, rear-drive scorcher isn't going away without a final flourish. There's a special Collector Yellow edition that features the famed screaming chicken graphics package.
Pontiac Firebird is available in coupe and convertible body styles and in three models: Firebird, Formula and Trans Am.
Firebird coupe ($19,920) and convertible ($26,835) come with a 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine. The coupe has a five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The convertible comes with the automatic as standard equipment.
Formula Coupe ($25,865) and Trans Am coupe ($27,895) and convertible ($31,965) are powered by a 310-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine, with a 325-horsepower WS6 Ram Air option available. They all have the four-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, but can be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.
New for its final year, all Firebirds come with a power antenna, remote mirrors, automatic door locks and power windows with express down function on the driver's side. Standard equipment already included air conditioning, a full-length center console, cruise control, electric rear window defroster, fog lights, power hatch release, concealed quartz halogen headlights, an AM/FM audio system with CD player, rear spoiler, power steering, tachometer and 235/55 tires on 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels. Firebirds with V8 engines also get a power steering cooler.
For 2002, Formula Coupes have a standard removable hatch roof with sunshades, remote keyless entry, six-way power driver's seat and audible theft deterrent system.
Compared with the base Firebird, the Formula also adds speed-rated tires, performance suspension tuning, and a Monsoon CD sound system with 10 speakers. The Trans Am gets further standard equipment, including the removable roof panels and a special spoiler on the coupe, and leather seats with six-way power adjustment for the driver.
New for 2002 is the Trans Am Collector Edition (about $4,100) boasting bold yellow paint and screaming chicken graphics that start on the hood and wrap themselves around the car's doors and rear quarter panels. The rear fascia gets a yellow and black treatment. Hatch top versions get a special black roof halo and convertibles get a black top. Inside, seats are wrapped in ebony leather and have embroidered headrests, floor mats and trophy shelf mat. The package includes black-painted wheels and black anodized front and rear brake calipers and black painted axles. To get the Collector Edition, you'll have to equip your Trans Am with the WS6 Ram Air and handling package.
The WS6 Ram Air and handling package ($3,290) includes Ram air induction, 17-inch wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, special low-restriction exhaust, a power steering cooler and tuned suspension.