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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe Firebird
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Firebird 19 30 $16,698 $18,250
2-Door Coupe Formula 18 24 $21,301 $23,280
2-Door Coupe Trans Am 18 24 $24,146 $26,390
2-Door Convertible Firebird 19 30 $22,756 $24,870
2-Door Convertible Trans Am 18 24 $27,870 $30,460
2-Door Coupe GL Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $14,990 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 22 28 $14,990 $15,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $16,494 $17,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 45 $16,494 $17,900
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $15,535 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 22 28 $15,535 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 25 31 $17,499 $19,000
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 22 27 $17,499 $19,000
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 25 31 $19,234 $20,900
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 22 27 $19,234 $20,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,698
$14,990
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,250
$15,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$304 / month
$265 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 43.0 39.4
Front Hip Room (in) 52.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 28.9 33.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 84.0 84.3
Front Head Room (in) 37.2 41.3
Second Hip Room (in) 44.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 52.8
Second Head Room (in) 35.3 36.7
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.8 49.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.6 58.7
Wheelbase (in) 101.1 98.9
Liftover Height (in) 35.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.5 67.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.6 4.2
Length, Overall (in) 193.4 161.1
Height, Overall (in) 52.0 59.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.9 12.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.0 x 1.02 9.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 1.27 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.8 14.5
Steering
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 42.5 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.9 17.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.6 32.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code QEA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60R16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size T125/70D15 P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code QEA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3340 2769
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.4 6.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 105 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 690 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 225 @ 4000 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code L36 NA
Displacement 3.8L/231 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 5200 115 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System SFI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.75 3.78
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.36
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.72 0.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.53 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19 2.12
Trans Order Code MM5 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.23 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Pontiac Firebird Volkswagen New Beetle
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Torsion-Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 36 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Short/Long Arm Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 46 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.10 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Salisbury Axle Independent
 
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