The Pontiac Fiero, produced from 1984 to 1988, holds a unique spot in automotive history as the first and only mass-produced mid-engine sports car by an American automaker. Its innovative design, affordability, and distinctive style made it a hit among consumers upon its debut, and it continues to be an icon among classic car enthusiasts.
The Fiero was initially offered with a 2.5L "Iron Duke" I4 engine that produced 92 horsepower, paired with either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. In response to consumer demand for more power, Pontiac introduced a 2.8L V6 engine in 1985, producing 140 horsepower and offering better performance credentials.
In 1988, the final year of production, Pontiac made significant upgrades to the Fiero's suspension and handling characteristics, creating a car that was not just sporty in looks, but also in performance.
The Fiero was known for its unique plastic body panels mounted on a space frame, which offered benefits in terms of weight reduction and resistance to rust. Read more
The Fiero came standard with features such as bucket seats and a tilt steering wheel. As the model years progressed, Pontiac added options such as power windows and locks, air conditioning, cruise control, and upgraded audio systems.
The Fiero's sales started strong, with over 136,000 units sold in its debut year of 1984. Sales dipped in subsequent years due to concerns about reliability and performance, but still remained respectable. In total, Pontiac sold over 370,000 Fieros during its five-year production run.