Conceived as competition to the forthcoming MR2 from Toyota, Pontiac's Fiero was launched in 1983 and was well designed, and proved a good seller for the company. It even paced the Indianapolis 500 in 1985, which inspired the launch of the GT model with low drag nose from the pace car. The Fiero used mainly parts-bin components, with a Chevrolet Chevette front strut set-up and the front subframe, including transaxle and engine mountings, from GM's X-body cars but adapted for the rear. This planted the engine mid-ships and gave the Fiero great handling. Just two motors were available, the first being the 'Iron Duke' four pot, so called because it was all-iron and ruggedly reliable, and the GM corporate 60-degree V6. The GT got this engine and a whole lot more, but the Formulas were the same in the drive train and suspension, yet slightly faster and cheaper.
Pontiac Fiero Formula (1988) Specifications
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