Smoke-Free And The Bandit: Meet The Tesla That Thinks Its A Firebird

Graphic decals are a tricky thing. They can look at home on one car, but completely ridiculous on another. But this could be the most out-of-place application we’ve seen yet.

Floating around the intertubes this week is this picture of a Tesla Model S with the “screaming chicken” decal from a Pontiac Firebird. Which would be pretty silly all on its own, considering how different a Trans Am is from a Tesla. But just to drive the pointless point home even further, the owner put a power bulge/hood scoop on there, too.

The incongruity of the bonnet boondoggle tacked on to an electric vehicle could hardly be over-stated. There’s no big V8 under that hood that’d need any extra space or cooling, after all. The electric powertrain components are spread throughout the vehicle. And where the engine would be is a “frunk.” Heck, Tesla closed off the faux-grille on the Model S for a reason, after all – or lack thereof – though this evidently earlier example still has it.

Even without the appendage, though, a 1970s icon placed on the hood of a 21st-century EV is just downright ridiculous. There’s no fire in a Tesla, after all. Just sparks. Call it “Smoke-Free and the Bandit” (or maybe bandaid) after the Burt Reynolds movie that popularized the tarted-up Firebird in the first place. Then forget that this unusual crossover of old and new ever took place. We know that’s what we’ll do. Or do our best to do, at any rate. And we have a feeling we’ll sleep better once it’s out of our minds.

  • Howstar

    Trans Amp

    • Dubble Bubble

      I’m holding out for the Trans Fusion…

    • Six_Tymes


  • Shobin Drogan

    Wow tesla puns, we definitely haven’t got enough of those.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I think they’re an acceptable use of current English.

  • Liam Paul

    I mean it’s not all that bad lol

  • Moveon Libtards

    Proving once again that Tesla owners are a bunch of hillbillies…

  • Richard Alexander

    Well…Tesla and fire certainly go together….

  • Did I ever tell you the definition of tacky?

    • john1168

      If one looked up the definition of tacky in the dictionary, there would be a picture of this Tesla.

  • ejd1984

    I want one!

    *Just to irritate the neighborhood. 🙂


    Whoever did this, just stop. That’s terrible and an insult both to the Trans Am Firebird and the Model S.


    There’s actually quite a few detracting articles about Tesla posted here on a regular basis.. You have to time it correctly if you want to catch them.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    OKay, I can Devil’s advocate for the screaming chicken, as much as I would hate myself for it.

    But the hood scoop? HEEEEEELLL NOI!!! That’s straight up disrespect!

  • Six_Tymes

    Insulting a Classic car graphic and name is not cool

  • john1168


  • john1168

    Great pic! I’m stealing this:)

  • DR.FUNK so different.


  • Jeroi

    Sorry, I’m a hardcore Pontiac fan. So with that said. BIG FAIL!!!!

  • Jeroi

    In 1994 my Pontiac Firebird produced so much torque that it broke my seat bolts.
    Now I’m also a Chevy volt owner and love the electric revolution but please come up with your own slogan and flying thing. Like a lightning bolt or some no noise thing. How about an owl???

  • Bob White

    I love it!

  • Ron

    American muscle sure has changed.

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