No, Pontiac is not coming back from the dead, nor will it ever under General Motors. However, that hasn’t stopped creative minds from around the world to imagine what its cars could look like if it were still around today. A reborn Pontiac Firebird is often a good place to start.
This rendering from Circassian designer Kasim Tlibekov is a wild take on the Firebird and molds traditional retro design with plenty of modern cues. The front end vividly evokes the shape of vintage Firebirds found up until its third-generation. The hideaway headlights also seem to be a nod to the Firebird’s big brother, the GTO.
Formally called the Pontiac Firebird TT, which stands for “2010,” when the rendering was done, it also houses plenty of race-ready cues. Imagine a retro racer with power from a Camaro ZL1 1LE and this is what we’d likely get. The rear features a massive spoiler and rear-window louvers also kick up the nostalgia factor.
Tlibekov doesn’t imagine what would be power his reincarnation of the Firebird, but GM’s 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 engine doesn’t seem like a bad place to start.
We’ll have to simply admire artists’ renditions or peruse local car shows to get our fix of Pontiac Firebirds. Pontiac is gone, but its vehicles have hardly been erased from enthusiasts’ memories.