Ex-drag racer Ed Hamburger formed his company Street Legal Performance (SLP) in 1987 and negotiated a deal with GM whereby he'd design a performance package for the Pontiac Firebird. The first SLP 'Firehawk' hit the market in 1992 and by 1995 it was using the 315bhp (235kW) LT1 engine in coupe and convertible bodies. In 1998 this new Firehawk was revealed, featuring the Corvette's all-alloy LSI engine, only available with the six-speed manual, as this was the only gearbox which could cope with the power. SLP options offered Bilstein Ultra Performance Suspension which got the Firehawk to 0.91g on the skidpad. The styling cleverly incorporated heat-extracting vents in the top of the hood with functional ram air nostrils in the nose. The 9xl7-inch (229x432mm) alloys hid 11.8-inch (299mm) vented discs, ABS assisted and completing the car as a devastating all-rounder.
Pontiac Firebird Firehawk Specifications
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