Improvements to suspension, brakes, steering, and improvements to both the four-cylinder and V6 engines took the car to a level far beyond the 1984 model that had received much criticism. Worse, the car was a money loser—General Motors lost about $2000 for every Fiero it built.[1]. Topping off the package were the new vented disc brakes at all four corners, which addressed braking complaints of road testers. [4] The fuel economy was considered as impressive for a 2.5 L engine of the period, but the three-speed automatic reduced highway mileage to only 32 mpg‑US (7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg‑imp).

The Fiero began production in August 1983. I'm calling BS on the top speed part.

This new suspension came with staggered wheel sizes on WS6 suspension equipped models, with 15 in (380 mm) by 6 in (150 mm) wide wheels up front and 15 in (380 mm) by 7 in (180 mm) wide wheels in the rear for improved handling balance and to offset the slightly increased front track that resulted from the improvements.

As a side note, the SE models retained the ribbed molding, and added the aero nose found on the GT. Only the four-cylinder engine was available, though a few prototypes were fitted with a unique periscope-style inlet sprouting from the engine compartment and curving up and over the roof. ..Sounds pretty strange for an American car.

The rear suspension is essentially derived from the GM X platform with the front suspension of the platform moved to the rear of the Fiero. I strongly believe most of the comments on this page is from people who have never rebuilt or owned a fiero. most parts are off the shelf left over production parts from the Sitations. The four-wheel independent suspension provides uncharacteristically accurate handling for a vehicle of its size and price range. The LP was Rock 'n Soul Part 1. Callies was the factory's lead engineer on both the pace car and IMSA programs. The four-cylinder engine received an in-pan oil filter element and balance shaft. As the prototypes took shape, the exterior lines resembled more of a Ferrari or Porsche than a typical GM car, but the tight budget was taking its toll on the design, particularly on Aldikacti's dream of a high performance, aluminum-block V6; the cost of developing a new engine would be more than the production of the whole car itself. Pontiac's General Manager Bill Hoglund nominated John Callies to drive the actual pace car at Indy.

They perceived the oil crisis as a market opportunity for a fuel-efficient sporty commuter car. Additionally, starting with the 1987 model Pontiac dealerships offered an upgrade in the form of an "option" that changed the original body to a Pininfarina Ferrari 308-type body, called the Fiero Mera. From November 1984 through 1985, each tour venue had Fiero banners and signage above the main stage, new Fieros on display, and Pontiac dealer ticket giveaways. The GM 3800 Supercharged is also a very popular choice, as well as the 3.4 L found in the 1993, 1994, and 1995 Camaro/Firebird. [5], The marketing included title sponsorship of Daryl Hall & John Oates tour supporting the release of their Big Bam Boom album. had a black Fiero GT that converted into a glider craft and three wheeled chopper, called "Fireforce." [citation needed], All automatic-equipped Fieros were equipped with the three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 125 with torque converter lockup. The joints have typical grease fittings for regular lubrication commonly found on pre-2000 autos. This inlet scoop fed the 2.7 L (165 cu in) Super Duty engine which was only exclusive to the actual Pace Cars. The 1986 Pontiac Fiero measures 68.90 inches in width, The 1986 Pontiac Fiero measures 160.70 inches in length, and has a wheelbase of 93.40 inches. Hoglund took the reign when the brand's popularity was heavily diluted; Pontiac's cars were said to be bland, outdated, and what customers of the past would buy. [15] The Fiero's body panels are purely cosmetic and carry no structural load. Bertone X1/9: 58.3 Mazda RX-7 GSL: 57.2.

However, the performance potential of the mid-engine layout was not realized when the Fiero debuted. The Car Has 4 New Tires, Kenwood Face Plate Radio, New Battery, Good Paint and Is Ready For The Road or To Showcase. By 1985, the oil crisis was over and demand developed for a Fiero having more engine power and better performance. The rear suspension featured multi-link (two lateral links and one trailing arm) Chapman strut suspension, and the tie-rod related bump steer experienced with the earlier suspension design was fixed. In order to meet the target of building 100,000 cars a year Hoglund's marketing team committed to sell, Hoglund negotiated a deal to reopen a plant once shut down in the heart of Pontiac, Michigan. Pontiac assigned oversight of the Fiero project to Hulki Aldikacti, a Turkish born executive with nearly 22 years of experience. A drawback of this design, however, means that the car's front suspension has four ball joints. Alternative names considered for the car were Sprint (which had previously been used on a GMC and would later end up being used for a Chevrolet instead), P3000, Pegasus, Fiamma, Sunfire (a name which would later be applied to another Pontiac), and Firebird XP. The Pontiac Fiero is a mid-engine sports car that was built by American automobile manufacturer General Motors from 1983 to 1988 for the 1984 to 1988 model years. Up front were revised control arms and knuckles that reduced steering effort and improved the scrub radius.

Pontiac Fiero: 61.5 Alfa Romeo Graduate: 58.4 The uppers are top-plates and Chapman struts, while the lowers are attached with ball joints. Many of the 89/90 coupe prototypes have been demolished in a scrap yard in Australia.

The Indy had aero body cladding and new front and rear fascias that would be used on the 1985 GT. Monogram has released and re-released a 1985 Fiero GT model (the re-release is currently available). In lieu of the steering rack which would have been installed in an X-car, tie rod ends are attached to the engine cradle and used to align the rear wheels. 1988 was also the only year a yellow exterior color was available as a factory option. The camber curve was also much improved, the dampers are moved inside the coil springs, and new sealed bearing/hub units were used in 1988. On August 16, 1988 the last Fiero rolled off the Pontiac, Michigan plant line.[14]. The safety reputation was bad because of explosive fires and multiple recalls. This Muncie transmission is the stronger unit, designed for use with the higher output of the V6. One was a 1984 2M4 kit 10883, the other was 1987 (essentially identical to 1986) GT kit 6401. heavy media coverage of Fiero engine fires, Learn how and when to remove this template message, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Daryl Hall & John Oates – Pontiac Fiero Presents Daryl Hall & John Oates", "For $9,900, You're Still Not Tom Selleck", "End of Road for Pontiac Model : Last Sporty Fiero to Roll Off Assembly Line Today", "Space Age Space Frame | Hemmings Motor News", "Pontiac Crash-Test Results, Pontiac Safety Information, Pontiac Insurance Data, NHTSA, NCAP, IIHS, Bonneville, Montana, Vibe, GTO, Firebird, Aztec, Fiero, LeMans, Trans Am, Grand Prix, Grand Am, Sunfire, Transport, Sunbird, 6000, 2000", "This 1984 Lamborghini Countach Asks $25,000, Hides A Fiero", "1988 Pontiac Fiero Transformed Into An Extreme Custom Supercar", "Nice Lamborghini Diablo replica for sale at 48,900 USD", "1984 PONTIAC FIERO FERRARI F355 REPLICA",, Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles, Motor vehicles manufactured in the United States, Articles with disputed statements from July 2019, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2012, Articles needing additional references from November 2009, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2020, Articles that may contain original research from February 2012, All articles that may contain original research, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Femur Load (LB) – Left 840/800 Right 800/740, This page was last edited on 28 October 2020, at 01:41. It was first thought to be caused by antifreeze leaking out of badly installed hoses but in reality it was defective connecting rods. The Fiero was redesigned to use a fuel efficient version of GM's 2.5 L (151 cu in) four-cylinder Iron Duke engine capable of 31 mpg‑US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg‑imp) in the city and 50 mpg‑US (4.7 L/100 km; 60 mpg‑imp) on the highway with the economy-ratio transmission option. This "periscope" style inlet was used on the three actual Indy Pace Cars used at the 1984 Indianapolis 500. Although i dont think it should have been mid engined(Kinda weird that it was..), I wouldnt mind seeing a new Fiero GT under the SRT name though(Since Pontiac is sadly gone). Pontiac Firebird II Trans Am 455cu 7.5L (1972), Lancia Stratos HF Stradale (1974) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Mitsubishi 3000GT 3.0 V6 (1992) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Toyota MR2 I 1.6 Kat (1985) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Lancia Rally 037 (1982) vs Lancia Stratos HF Stradale (1974) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Toyota MR2 II 2.0 GT-i (1990) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Toyota MR2 I 1.6 (1985) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Lancia Rally 037 (1982) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Mercedes Benz W201 190 E (1983) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Toyota AE86 Corolla Coupe 1600 (1983) vs Pontiac Fiero 2M6 (1985) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985), Toyota MR2 II 2.0 GT-i (1994) vs Pontiac Fiero GT (1985). The most significant was a completely redesigned suspension (and parts of the space frame) to realize the potential of the mid-engine layout. Pontiac responded by introducing the GT model which included upgraded suspension tuning, wider tires, and a V6 engine having 43 hp (32 kW) more than the base four-cylinder.[9]. A variable effort electro-hydraulic power steering unit, the same design later found on the GM EV1, was also to be a late addition. This gave it an EPA highway/city rating of 50/31 mpg. Over 37.000 technical specs!! Corporate Concepts completed the "Mera" transformation and none were sold as kit form. And then how the air passes to the engine? However, the Fiero project was kept alive at the wishes of certain high-ranked defenders, chief among them William Hoglund, who took over Pontiac in 1980. Very good looking, but the engineering was budget limited. Matchbox and Majorette also released Fiero models during the car's heyday. A 2.8 L (170 cu in) V6 engine rated at 140 hp (100 kW) and 170 lb⋅ft (230 N⋅m) was put into the car, satisfying most critics of the base engine. would be fast.

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