High School Hero: This Review Of The 1998 SLP Firebird Firehawk Reminds Us How Awesome These Cars Are


High School Hero: This Review Of The 1998 SLP Firebird Firehawk Reminds Us How Awesome These Cars Are

As a senior in high school there was no car I wanted to own more than a 1998 SLP Firebird Firehawk. These cars with their thumping 330+ horsepower, tuned suspension, and slightly revised exterior looks were everything that any car loving kid wanted back in the day. Heck even the third generation cars were and still are awesome. That being said, these fourth generation cars were the jam. Part of the coolness was that unless you caught the small script on the doors of the car or were just car obsessed like most of us were, the Firehawk was kind of easy to miss. It was not easy to miss once the driver hammered on the gas and the thing began to roar and bellow in a much different fashion than any other “factory” Pontiac Firebird.

It’s kind of weird that these style of programs don’t exist anymore. As the story below tells you, ordering this car was really easy. You went into the dealership and simply checked the boxes, paid the money, and bided your time. SLP would get the car and make the modifications before sending it to the dealer. We cannot think of a single operation like this, anymore. The Ford/Shelby thing is just badging as the modifications are made at the factory on the line and not in a separate place.

They loved this car on MotorWeek and I still love to see it move and shake. Hmmmm, maybe it’s not too late for those teenage dreams to become reality.

Press play below to see this awesome review of the 1998 SLP Firebird Firehawk –


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One thought on “High School Hero: This Review Of The 1998 SLP Firebird Firehawk Reminds Us How Awesome These Cars Are

  1. EV2

    This is actually an interesting one, since no 98 SLP Firehawk cars were technically produced. SLP did convert 6 cars at the Troy MI facility to Firehawk spec as dealer demo cars, but the fixed HID lighting did not get DOT approval, and the cars never went into production. The 6 cars made did not have the WU6 RPO code, and are not considered true Firehawks by SLP.

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