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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe GL Manual CA/NE
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual CA/NE GL 24 31 $15,151 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $15,151 $15,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic CA/NE GL 22 28 $16,015 $16,775
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 22 28 $16,015 $16,775
2-Door Coupe Manual CA/NE GLS 24 31 $15,706 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $15,706 $16,850
2-Door Coupe Automatic CA/NE GLS 22 28 $16,570 $17,725
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 22 28 $16,570 $17,725
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $16,675 $17,900
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 45 $17,539 $18,775
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 25 31 $17,691 $19,000
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 22 27 $18,555 $19,875
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 25 31 $19,608 $21,075
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 22 27 $20,472 $21,950
2-Door Coupe Firebird
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Firebird 19 30 $17,101 $18,690
2-Door Coupe Formula 17 25 $21,841 $23,870
2-Door Convertible Firebird 19 30 $23,158 $25,310
2-Door Coupe Trans Am 17 25 $24,686 $26,980
2-Door Convertible Trans Am 17 25 $28,410 $31,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,151
$17,101
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,900
$18,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$265 / month
$312 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sub-Compact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 45.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 57.4
Second Head Room (in) 36.7 35.2
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.4 55.8
Front Leg Room (in) 39.4 43.0
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.8
Second Leg Room (in) 33.0 28.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 84 84.0
Front Head Room (in) 41.3 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.2 4.5
Length, Overall (in) 161.1 193.4
Height, Overall (in) 59.5 52.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.7 60.6
Wheelbase (in) 98.9 101.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 35.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.9 74.5
Track Width, Front (in) 59.6 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.0 12.9
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 9.4 x 0.35 12.0 x 1.02
Brake Type Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x 0.87 11.9 x 1.27
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 16.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.8 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.8 40.6
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA QEA
Front Tire Size P205/55HR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size P205/55HR16 T125/70D15
Front Tire Order Code NA QEA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55HR16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2769 3323
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 4
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 8
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.7 12.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 105
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 122 @ 2600 225 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA L36
Displacement 2.0L/121 3.8L/231
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 115 @ 5200 200 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 30
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.53
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 2.19
Trans Order Code NA MM5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.24 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.75
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.41
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.72
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Volkswagen New Beetle Pontiac Firebird
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.10
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Salisbury Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion-Beam w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Short/Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
 
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