The Pontiac Firebird Formula is a pony car produced by Pontiac between 1970 and 1981. During 1977 and 1978, the Firebird was built with rectangular headlights. At that time, the 6.6L V8 was the most powerful engine option for the car. In 1979, a new nose design was implemented.
The Firebird is not strongly influenced by heavy steering but does feel stiff in slow corners. Its acceleration is among the best in C Class and better than that of both Plymouths in the game, although its nitrous power appears to be lacking compared to the Chevrolet Chevelle SS. It can hit a top speed of 135 mph (218 km/h).
Due to its 0 to 60 mph time, the Firebird is the fastest accelerating Tier 1 car. With a "Very Difficult" handling rating, its steering is reminiscent of other muscle cars in the game. Its top speed is easily outmatched by newer Tier 1 cars from the 1980s and 2000s.
The NFS Edition of the Firebird Formula is featured as a Tier 4 car and is unlocked after beating 15 Multiplayer Group Objectives. It is customised with a body kit and painted in black. On the side skirts, a orange stripe can be seen.
Its engine output was increased to 708 bhp @ 6,200 rpm. Top speed is 189 mph (304 km/h). The acceleration of the NFS Edition is similar to that of the Dodge Challenger R/T "NFS Edition". Because of its soft suspension, the NFS Edition is prone to oversteer, hence the "Very Difficult" handling rating.
The Firebird Formula also appears as a Tier 5 car. This version is known as the Hobo Signature Edition. The paint job of the Hobo is inspired by beater cars. It will be rewarded to the player once they achieved a bronze medal in every Industrial Run challenge.
The Hobo Firebird's engine is upgraded to 835 bhp at 6,000 rpm. Its acceleration time of 4.1 seconds is an average figure for Tier 5. The steering of the car, which is rated "Expert", is controllable and reliable in most circumstances. Top speed is 215 mph (346 km/h).