Firebird Trans Am ConvertiblePontiac's most-powerful convertible ever - the 2013 Firebird Trans Am Convertible - made its debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. When it goes on sale in late 2012, it will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles.
"The 2013 Firebird Trans Am Convertible will be one of the most powerful and most capable, convertibles available at any price," "This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top - or hit the gas."
Like the coupe, the 2013 Firebird Trans Am Convertible features a supercharged 6.2L engine, SAE-rated at 580 horsepower (432 kW) and 556 lb.-ft. of torque (754 Nm). That's enough to exceed the output of 2+2 convertibles of many performance icons.
The Firebird Trans Am Convertible's power is complemented by advanced powertrain and chassis technologies designed to deliver exceptional performance on the road or track. In fact, it's the same balance of acceleration, handling and ride quality that enabled a Firebird Trans Am coupe recently to lap the Nürburgring's Nordschleife course in 7:41.27 minutes.
From Day One, the architecture for the fifth-generation Firebird Trans Am was designed to accommodate a convertible model, which gives the Firebird Trans Am convertible coupe-like driving dynamics. Four strategic reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure to quell the cowl and steering wheel shake common in convertibles. They include:
- A tower-to-tower brace under the hood
- A transmission support reinforcement brace
- Underbody tunnel brace
- Front "X" brace and stiffer cradle as well as rear underbody "V" braces.
The suspension of the Firebird Trans Am convertible uses the third-generation of Magnetic Ride. New, twin-wire/dual-coil dampers at all four corners enable faster response, with damping levels now adjusted up to 1,000 times per second - about one adjustment per inch of vehicle travel at 60 mph - making the system exceptionally responsive to changing driving and road conditions.
The 2013 Firebird Trans am Convertible will also offer Performance Traction Management as standard equipment, which is exclusive to Pontiac. First introduced on the Firebird Trans Am, it is an advanced system that integrates magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control, to enhance both launch-acceleration performance and corning.