You've got to admire the dedication shown by Street Legal Performance (SLP) in bringing the Pontiac SLP Firehawk to life.
Firstly, the current economic climate is hardly the best place in which to release such a vehicle and secondly, SLP has used the Firehawk moniker on something other than a Firebird.
For a rather hefty USD $51,435 (over AUD $80,000) buyers will get a Pontiac G8 GT (our Holden Commodore VE SS) with enough go-fast bits to bring power up from around 270kW (360hp) to a touch over 370kW (500hp).
While the use of the Firehawk name may earn SLP the ire of Firebird fans, there's no denying that the Firehawk G8 GT has an impressive amount of punch. 370kW is HSV W427 territory, after all.
The package equates to an extra USD $18,995 on top of the vanilla-flavour G8 GT's sticker price, and for all that coin you get the following:
- SLP TVS 1900 500 HP Series Supercharger Package
- SLP PowerFlo?? Stainless Steel Exhaust System
- SLP Blackwing?? Cold Air Induction System
- SLP Sport Suspension Package
- Flat Black Painted Hood and Grille Surrounds
- Painted Lower Fascia Grille Inserts (Body Color)
- SLP Rear Spoiler Painted Flat Black
- Firehawk 19" 5-spoke, Gun Metal Painted Alloy Wheels w/Machined Spoke Face and Firehawk Logo Center Caps
- Firehawk Badges
- Firehawk Car Cover
- Firehawk Leather (faux) Portfolio
- Firehawk Birth Certificate
- Firehawk Numbered Dash Plaque and Key Fobs (2)
- Firehawk Floor Mats
- Firehawk Embroidered Headrests
Not enough? SLP will fit your Firehawk with a beefier brake package for an extra USD $4995.
There's a fair amount of gear there, but the cost of the package borders on the ridiculous. After all, for a few extra gorillas you could pick up Cadillac's awesome CTS-V, which boasts more power, more prestige and better handling.
We love almost anything with a supercharged V8 beating beneath the bonnet, but we're wondering if SLP's pricing and timing might be a touch off the mark here.