If you are a Pontiac fan, then you should be familiar with the term Firehawk. It was the name given by Street Legal Performance to a series of Firebirds in the early 1990’s. SLP has decided to bring back the name with a new Pontiac Firehawk G8 GT.
More after the jump.
SLP continued to release Firehawk upgrades until 2002 when production ended for the fourth generation Firebird. Although GM is planning to offer a new Camaro, there are no current plans for a fifth generation Firebird. This is why SLP have turned their expertise to the Pontiac G8 sedan for their latest interpretation of the Firehawk. Deliberately trying to avoid the Firebird Firehawk brand name, the company has meticulously selected a list of modifications for the G8 that they say, recaptures the unique feeling of the original.
The SLP modifications are currently available only on the 2009 G8 GT with the offering of a new positive displacement supercharger package for the 6.2-liter V8 producing a peak output of 500 HP. Adding to the eye candy of the G8 Firehawk is a flat black stripe that runs the length of the hood, this touch is a throwback to the muscle cars of the 1960’s. SLP also saw fit to add a deck lid-mounted spoiler, 19 inch alloys and custom emblems. The G8 Firehawk will be able to accelerate from 0-60mph (0-100 km/hr) in 4.3 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds with a trap speed of 115mph, not bad for a four door family hauler.
The SLP Firehawk kit comes with an $18,995 tag on top of the basic price of the G8 GT. As part of an even more high-performance track package SLP is offering Competition Brake Package that can be had for a price of $4,995.
Firehawk, arguably one of the most legendary names in the history of Pontiac Muscle Cars is again united with a vehicle worthy of that unique badge: the 2009 G8-GT based Firehawk. Produced and available at SLP Performance Parts, Inc. (SLP), and select Pontiac dealerships nationwide, Firehawk offers the all-around powertrain performance, superior handling and braking, with headturning styling and value, true to its distinctive nameplate.
Following in the footsteps of SLP’s famed Firebird Firehawk is a daunting challenge. But one test drive will convince skeptics that the 2009 Supercharged Firehawk has recaptured and refined the special magic of the first generation Firehawk.
Available only on the 2009 G8 GT in any factory color, the Supercharged Firehawk’s performance and curb appeal are enhanced by a positive displacement supercharger, using the same technology as the supercharger GM supplies on the new ZR-1 Corvette, and highlighted by an aggressively styled flat-black painted hood treatment, reminiscent of early Muscle Cars.
To compliment Firehawk’s front-end appearance, the rear deck lid spoiler benefits from subtle but effective styling revisions, including a flat black paint finish. Helping transfer Firehawk’s power-to-thepavement are Bridestone’s P245/40R19 Potenza RE050A Pole Position tires* and the lightweight Firehawk 19”x8” 5-spoke alloy wheels.
Throughout Firehawk’s development process, our objective was to engineer the very highest quality performance, handling and braking improvements that would provide the performance enthusiast with a well-balanced package. Not only will Firehawk outperform its competition, it’s built to ensure long-term customer satisfaction.
Depending on the driver, road surface conditions and outside air temperature, the Supercharged Firehawk will generate 0-60 mph times of 4.3 seconds and 1/4 mile times of 12.6 seconds @ 115 mph, based on preliminary testing.
Every Firehawk begins life as a Pontiac G8 GT. When Firehawk production begins on April 1, 2009, G8 GTs are shipped to SLP’s Toms River, NJ facility where they will be converted into Supercharged Firehawks, dyno-tested, and available for pick up or delivery.
Firehawk Standard Content Includes:
• SLP TVS 1900 500 HP Series Supercharger Package
• SLP PowerFlo® Stainless Steel Exhaust System
• SLP Blackwing® Cold Air Induction System
• SLP Sport Suspension Package
• Flat Black Painted Hood and Grille Surrounds
• Painted Lower Fascia Grille Inserts (Body Color)
• SLP Rear Spoiler Painted Flat Black
• Firehawk 19” 5-spoke, Gun Metal Painted Alloy Wheels w/Machined Spoke Face and Firehawk Logo Center Caps
• Firehawk Badges
• Firehawk Car Cover
• Firehawk Leather (faux) Portfolio
• Firehawk Birth Certificate
• Firehawk Numbered Dash Plaque and Key Fobs (2)
• Firehawk Floor Mats
• Firehawk Embroidered Headrests