But what does the 2017 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Carbon Black Edition get you that a regular carbon-fiber-bodied, 510-hp Firebird Trans Am doesn’t? Beyond the paint, there’s a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo. The rest of the 2017 Firebird Trans Am’s equipment list almost sounds as if the Rolling Stones’ song Paint It, Black were blaring on an iPod during the product-planning meeting: The 20-inch wheels have been trimmed in black, interior bits are black, the front grille and the tailpipes are blackened, and the taillamps are trimmed in black. It’s a good song.
Drive this 2017 Firebird Trans Am on a hot day, and all that black will attract the heat of our nearest star, without a source of shade, the car cooks in the sun. Heat waves blur the background as the doors open wide. The heat seems to localize in a few pieces of aluminum on the center console. Contact with those hot hunks of metal activates the brain-stem reflex.