SLP announces Pontiac G8 GT Firehawk

Tom Ludwick
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SLP Performance Parts has announced a supercharged version of the Pontiac G8 GT that will wear the revived name of the famed Firebird Firehawks. Although taking the name Firehawk has set some Pontiac purists ablaze, the sedan's styling and price tag could spark further controversy.

In an effort to be retro, the Firehawk wears an out of place looking flat-black hood with a SLP rear spoiler painted to match. Firehawk 19" 5-spoke wheels in a gun metal finish reside at all four corners but borrow the stock rubber from the G8 GT sports package.

Under the hood, the 6.0-liter V-8 is force fed by a positive displacement supercharger similar to the blower on the ZR-1 Corvette. Breathing is further enhanced by a cold air intake and a stainless steel exhaust system. The enhancements give the Firehawk 500 horsepower which will send the car to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and through the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds at 115 mph.

Also included in the deal are an SLP sport suspension package, Firehawk badges, Firehawk floor mats, and embroidered headrests. It can all be yours for an additional $18,995 on top of the $33,040 price of a 2009 G8 GT with the sports package. A competition brake package can be added for only $4,995.

Unfortunately the Firehawk's price of more than $50K hovers dangerously close to CTS-V territory. Nevertheless, production of the Firehawk begins April 1, 2009 at SLP's Toms River, NJ facility. Buyers can pick one up directly from SLP's shop or at select Pontiac dealerships nationwide.

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