It is clear that Firebird always shared its platform with Chevrolet Camaro, but, somehow it always managed to be a more special, than the “simple” Camaro. It was produced from 1967 to 2002 and during those years we could see many great models, but, which one is your favorite?
First Generation? From 1967 to 1969
With integrated bumpers and Coke bottle styling, it immediately attracted fans. Few similarities with GTO model were noticeable at the back, especially when we take a look at the taillights. For the 1969 model, we have received hardtop and convertible version. Most popular engines that were included in the first generation: 230 cu in (3.8 liter I6), 326 cu in (5.3 liters V8), 350 cu in (5.7 liter V8) and the 400 cu in (6.6 liter V8).
Second Generation? From 1970 to 1981
Because of a few problems in production this model came to the market on February 26, 1970, with a slight delay and because of that it is considered as a 1970 1/2 model. In this period, we received a great number of special versions and even more engines, total 11 different units for this gen. List goes like this: 231 cu in (3.8 L) V6, 250 cu in (4.1 L) I6, 265 cu in (4.3 L Pontiac V8), 301 cu in (4.9 L Pontiac V8), 301 cu in (4.9 L Pontiac turbo V8), 305 cu in (5.0 L Chevrolet V8), 350 cu in (5.7 L Oldsmobile V8), 350 cu in (5.7 L Pontiac V8), 400 cu in (6.6 L Pontiac V8), 403 cu in (6.6 L Oldsmobile V8) and 455 cu in (7.5 L Pontiac V8).
Have in mind that second generation included Bandit version also.
Third Generation? From 1982 to 1992
One of the biggest problems for the third gen was the fuel consumption. Fuel crises forced engineers to significantly reduce the weight and to employ next level of engine management systems. This is the first time we have received models with four-cylinder units making it quite efficient. Engines included here: 151 cu in (2.5 L Pontiac I4), 173 cu in (2.8 L “X” V6), 191 cu in (3.1 L “X” V6), 231 cu in (3.8 L Buick Turbo V6), 305 cu in (5.0 L Chevrolet V8) and 350 cu in (5.7 L Chevrolet V8).
Fourth generation? From 1993 to 2002
Banshee IV concept was a base point for the development of the styling for fourth generation model and even this version used few parts from previous gen it offered about 90 percent of new parts. Four units were used here including 3.4 L (207.5 cu in L32 V6), 3.8 L (231.9 cu in Buick V6), 5.7 L (347.8 cu in LT1 V8) and 5.7 L (347.8 cu in LS1 V8).
Which generation is your favorite? What model would you choose? Engine?