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Firebird S/E    

The SE is the premier Firebird. With subtle, understated sophistication, it offers "international-class" ride, handling, performance and economy. Adding luxury and sophistication to the Trans Am's excellent handling and roadability, the SE, with its high level of standard equipment, is Pontiac Pontiac Firebird 's answer to the contemporary sporty car market segment currently dominated by the imports.

In addition to (or in place of) features which the Firebird coupe has standard, the SE includes:

Mechanical

   A 2.8 liter 2-barrel V-6, 102 horsepower engine with a 4-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission required with V-6 engine in California ) and 3.21:1 rear axle ratio. 0 to 60 performance time is 13.5 seconds.

   A heavier (level II) suspension package that includes a "quicker steering ratio, turbo cast aluminum wheels and steel-belted radial blackwall tires. (Same as standard Trans Am suspension package, see Engineering section for more details.)

Exterior

To maintain its subtle and sophisticated "international" image, and differentiate its identity from the Trans Am, the SE features a tasteful, tone-on-tone color scheme.

Available in six two-tone combinations, the lower body paint accent (with color-coordinated paint stripe at paint break line) subtly highlights the upper body color.

Exterior features that reflect this theme include:

    Body-colored—flush aero wheel covers (standard on Trans Am in black) ... dual exterior mirrors ...door handle tape inserts ... fender mounted "Firebird" nameplate ... sail panel "SE" logo ... and tail lamp-mounted "Bird" emblem

  Protective body side moldings are also color-coordinated

  Black-finished door handles and key lock cylinders, and a blacked-out full-width tail lamp add a contemporary look to the total package

   The lockable fuel filler door adds security from fuel theft

  The rear hatch wiper/washer includes a fluidic washer system that utilizes the washer bottle in the engine compartment. The control switch is mounted on the IP.

Interior

The SE's interior exudes the same feeling of tasteful elegance as its exterior. Beginning with the full instrumentation package that's also standard in the Trans Am, the SE adds a number of comfort, convenience and luxury features that will serve to position this automobile at the top of its class.

   The SE's luxury interior package features:

—High-contoured Viscount front bucket seats with open headrests. Providing sporty good looks and extra lumbar, thigh and side support, these seats are available in Doeskin vinyl, Parella cloth or leather
—Deluxe rear seat trim with 14 ounce Tara carpeting on the seatbackCustom color-keyed seat belts
—Custom pedal trim
—Carpeted kick pads
—Deluxe door and quarter panel trim
—IP mounted leather map pocket
—located where the glove compartment would normally be

  The electric rear hatch release has a relay feature that allows release of the hatch only when the parking brake is on (with manual transmission-equipped vehicles) or when the vehicle is in park or neutral (with automatic-equipped vehicles). The push-button switch is mounted on the IP

  Remote control for left-hand outside rearview mirror

  Added acoustical insulation

   -The 1982 Firebird Book, 11/81