Pontiac Firebird (2002) – Ultimate Guide


  • On Sept.25, 2001 General Motors announced that the 2002 Firebird would be the last of the breed. However, the automaker left the gate open to use the Firebird name on a new type of car in the future. Whether that will happen, only time will tell, but changes in the 2002 models were quite naturally modest.
  • Standard equipment on all models included:
    • a power antenna
    • power remote mirrors
    • power automatic door locks
    • power windows with “express-down” driver’s side window controls
  • A power steering cooler also became standard equipment on all cars with V-8 engines.
  • Formula Firebird coupes got four new standard features
    • a removable hatch roof with sunshades
    • remote keyless entry
    • a six-way power driver’s seat
    • an audible theft deterrent system
  • A 3.8-liter V-6 and five-speed manual transmission were standard on the Firebird coupe.
  • The Firebird convertible combined the same engine with a 4L60-E four-speed automatic transmission.
  • The Formula coupe and both Trans Am models used the same standard drive train as the Formula coupe.
  • The base Firebirds featured
    • hidden headlamps
    • integrated fog lamps
    • fender-mounted air extractors
    • a sleek, aerodynamic body
    • air conditioning
    • four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
    • cruise control
    • a fold-down rear seat and a center console with an auxiliary power outlet and dual cupholders
  • The convertible added
    • an up-level Monsoon® sound system with CD player and eight speakers
    • a six-way power driver’s seat
    • a leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant radio controls
    • remote keyless entry
    • alarm and power door locks
    • “express down” windows
    • outside mirrors
    • an outside radio antenna
  • Formula coupe appointments included
    • low profile Z-speed-rated tires
    • silver 16-in. five-spoke sport wheels
    • a performance-oriented suspension
    • a 10-speaker version of the Monsoon® CD audio system
  • The Trans Am came in both coupe and convertible editions with
    • standard removable roof panels with sunshades
    • leather seating surfaces
    • an uplevel rear spoiler for the coupe
  • Both Firebird engines were significantly improved for the 2002 model year.
  • Both had Delco-Remy’s latest-generation starter, which produced more torque per amp and drew less current for extended starter and battery life.
  • The 5.7L LS1 V-8 introduced leading-edge technologies to the grand tradition of the GM small-block V-8, including all-aluminum construction and a thermoplastic intake manifold.
  • Measured by mass, package size, performance, or cost to the customer, the 5.7L LS1 matched the world’s best overhead cam V-8s.
  • This new small-block V-8 proved that cam-in-block engines could meet the demands of a new decade and stringent emissions standards.
  • Formula and Trans Am drivers got 310 hp and Trans Am drivers opting for Ram Air got 325 hp.
  • Available transmissions for the LS1 included a six-speed manual transmission.
  • The 3800 V-8 Performance Package featured
    • a Torsen II limited-slip differential
    • up-level steering
    • dual outlet exhaust
    • a 3.42:1 axle ratio (with automatic transmission only)
  • Trans Am coupe and convertible models with the WS6 Ram Air Performance and Handling package benefited from
    • functional air scoops
    • Ram Air induction
    • low-restriction dual-outlet exhaust
    • a suspension specifically tuned for maximum handling performance.
    • P275/40ZR17 performance radial tires
    • 9 x 17-in. highly polished alloy wheels featuring a five-spoke spoke design.








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