We already explored Australian car insurance company Budget Direct’s digital interpretation of a modern-day Pontiac Fiero, but someone over in the company’s media department must have an affinity for the now-defunct GM brand, because they also rendered up a modern-day Pontiac Firebird to go along with their low-slung Fiero model.
This rendering takes the traditional two-door muscle car shape in a slightly different direction, incorporating a shorter wheelbase and what looks to be a liftback rear end. Budget Direct says it’s “not easy to redesign an iconic GM muscle car shape,” so instead of replicating the second-generation Pontiac Firebird’s silhouette, they gave it completely new, more compact shape that’s more suited to the modern day. Call us crazy, but the shape of the vehicle from the a-pillar rearward almost reminds us of a Nissan 370Z.
“We exaggerated the pointy bits and gave it a progressive coupe profile,” the company says. “The sharp body lines remain, but it’s clear this isn’t your grandpa’s Firebird.”
While the vehicle’s silhouette is quite a bit different, it retains recognizable Firebird cues including a hood scoop, an exaggerated split grille and a Trans-Am style “screaming chicken” hood decal. Pointed LED headlamps replace the round headlamps featured on the second-generation Pontiac Firebird, as well. A traditional General Motors pushrod V8 sits under the hood, driving power to the rear wheels.
With Chevy Camaro sales on a downward trend, it seems doubtful GM would revive the Pontiac brand just to introduce yet another V8-powered muscle coupe to step on the Chevy’s toes. Aftermarket companies like Trans Am Depot also offer their own Camaro-based Pontiac Firebird conversions for any diehard Pontiac fans that want a Firebird image with modern-day creature comforts.
A new Firebird may be out of the question, but let us know what you think of this rendering anyway by voting or commenting below.