In the same way that the 914/Boxster could never be as fast/powerful as the 911, the Fiero was held back at the starting gate and forced to run on 3 legs...but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a fast Fiero today.

The Pontiac Fiero was introduced by General Motors for the 1984 model year as the American answer to foreign born compact sporty-cars. No, not sports cars, but sporty-cars — the Fiero was never intended to compete with the Corvette and ultimately that is what held it back. Fortunately, you can swap a V8 into anything...Find this 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT V8 Conversion offered for $10,000 in Fargo, ND via craigslist

This Fiero GT started life as a V6 (or iron duke inline-4) powered fastback, but it has been given a thorough make over, starting with a custom fiberglass nose and flush mounted non pop-up headlights — all of which is covered with a two tone paint job — personally I think it is an improvement over the stock Fiero looks.

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Situated behind the driver, but in front of the rear wheels, is an LT1 V8 from a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette that is mounted to the Fiero transmission via a V8 Archie adapter kit. Expect something around 350 horsepower from the 5.7 liter lump of American iron — a significant upgrade from stock

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The inside features a few custom bits including an aftermarket (Grant) steering wheel, wood dash accents, and aftermarket temp/volt/oil press gauges in the stock Fiero gauge pod. The normally gigantic Fiero shifter is toned down with a short shifter and custom knob/boot.

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Originally posted as What Could Have Been: 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT V8 on Daily Turismo.