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Firebird Coupe

The Firebird coupe is the Fundamental Firebird. Featuring the designed-in structural integrity, innovative engineering, efficiency and quality that is the intrinsic nature of every '82 Firebird, this model offers an affordable price with a surprisingly high level of standard equipment.

All Firebirds have these standard exterior features (unless noted):

      Body-colored soft fascia front and rear bumpers (see Construction section for details). Functional dual-venturi grille panels are mounted in the fascia of the front bumper.

       The retractable hidden headlamp system features rectangular headlamps driven by separate left- and right-hand motors, operated by a rocker-type switch on the IP. The left-hand headlamp cover sports a "Pontiac" nameplate.

  Lexan tungsten-halogen headlamps are standard. Lexan is a high-strength plastic that offers measurable weight savings over glass. The low-beam tungsten filament offers a 36 percent energy saving ... and the high-beam halogen gas provides whiter light with twice the illumination of conventional headlamps.

   A functional front air dam aids aerodynamics, engine cooling and ventilation of the passenger compartment.

  The fluidic windshield washer system is controlled by dual nozzles that distribute the fluid in oscillating sweeps, covering the entire windshield for efficient cleaning. The system produces large water droplets which are less affected by wind than the concentrated spray of conventional systems.

  Door handle tape inserts sport a "fuel injection" logo on vehicles with the standard EFI L4 engine.

  Dual outside rearview mirrors feature a semi-patch, pedestal mounted design for minimal wind resistance and sporty good looks.

  Black-finished—grille panels, front air dam, windshield molding, windshield wipers, dual e>cterior mirrors and hatch glass molding offer a sporty, functional look.

  Bright-finished—door handles and lock cylinders, "Firebird" nameplate mounted behind the front wheel housings, "Pontiac" nameplates just under the left-hand headlamp housing and at the bottom center of the full-width red tail lamp fixture provide subtle highlighting to Firebird's structural appearance.

  14"x6" steel wheels feature a center hubcap with a red Firebird emblem. (Trans Am and SE have specific wheels.)

  P195/75R14 glass-belted, blackwall radial tires have a high pressure (35 psi) design, for low rolling resistance and good fuel economy. (Trans Am and SE have specific tires.) A choice of 12 standard exterior colors are available, including nine metallic finishes. Available colors include: White, Black and Bright Red in regular finish and Silver, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Light Jadestone, Dark Jadestone, Gold, Dark Gold, Maroon and Dark Charcoal in metallic finish. (Trans Am and SE have specific two-tone paint schemes.)

The Firebird's tremendous level of standard interior features is indicative of the challenge these cars will pose to competitive imports in the sporty car market.

All Firebirds have these standard interior features (unless noted):

  Fully reclining, front bucket seats with lateral (side-toside) restraint, standard in Derma vinyl or available in Pompey cloth in a total of six different interior colors. Vinyl seats are available in Charcoal, Blue, Camel Tan and Maroon, while cloth seats are available in Gray, Blue, Jadestone, Camel Tan and Maroon, (SE has specific seats.)

  The roof-mounted shoulder belts have a comfort feature that allows adjustment to reduce belt pressure. Shoulder and lap belts are color-coordinated.

    The IP cluster includes speedometer and fuel gages ... warning lights for oil pressure, generator, check engine, parking brake on, fasten belts and coolant temperature ...and indicators for the choke, right- and left-hand turn signals and headlamp high beams. (Trans Am and SE have specific IP cluster.)

  Side window defoggers are integral and positioned on the outer edges of the broad IP pad.   

  The interior hood release is cable-operated and located on the driver's side under the IP.

   A new, 141/2 inch diameter "Formula" steering wheel is standard and features a color-keyed rim and horn button and an innovative energy-absorbing hub developed exclusively by and for Pontiac Pontiac Firebird .   

  The multi-function control lever offers fingertip control of the turn signals, headlamp dimmer, washer/wiper and available intermittent wipers and cruise control.

  The floor console has an integral design with the IP. This color-coordinated, vinyl-trimmed unit houses the HVAC (heater, ventilation and air conditioning) controls, radio, illuminated ash tray with cigarette lighter inside, transmission shift lever (simulated leather boot with manual transmission), hand-operated parking brake, molded-in glove compartment (with light), and integral rear seat ash tray (installed in rear of console). The console also features provisions for power windows and power mirror controls.   

   Trianon 12 ounce, foam-backed carpeting is of a one-piece molded construction and is color-coordinated with the cars interior.

   The inside door handles feature snorkel-type armrests for ease of operation and center-located, anti-theft door locks (like the Phoenix 's) for safety and security.   

  The day/night rearview mirror is windshield mounted. •    The dome lamp is operated by door jamb switches.

  Dual horns honk loud.   

  The "bucket" appearance full-width folding rear seat material matches the front seat's and features 14 ounce Tara carpeting on the seatback.

  The deep well cargo area includes injection-molded plastic—sidewalls, wheelhouses, spare tire cover and rear end panel ... and carpet trim on the load floor, stowage well and kick up.   

   A lockable hinged door in the left-hand rear quarter panel trim allows the concealment of small valuables from prying eyes.

  -The 1982 Firebird Book, 11/81