Favourite 8 Fast And Furious Rides
The Fast and the Furious crew regroup for their eighth film this Easter in The Fate of the Furious. All the usual suspects star, except for Paul Walker who will no doubt be missed in the movie due for release on the 14th of April.
The storyline will follow the loveable rogues as they try to settle into ‘normal’ lives. No doubt, it won’t be long before we’re on the edge of our seats as the gang once again flout the rules of the road.
Let’s just say, they haven’t been reading Swansway Group’s tips on safe driving!
Of course, the real heroes of the show are the fantastic number of supercars that have appeared in all eight films. To date, more than 100 different models have been used in the long-running series of movies and the new film promises to introduce us to some corkers, including a Ripsaw tank!
While we wait with baited breath to see what the team do with this new collection of must-have motors in this latest instalment of The Fast and the Furious saga, let’s take a look at some of the vehicles featured in the past.
Buick Grand National
Engine: Buick 3.8-litre turbo V6
Power: 276 bhp
Only a limited number of Buick Grand Nationals were built, making it a priority to ensure the wellbeing of this classic car throughout the filming of Fast & Furious 4 where it stars as an accessory to a tanker heist. Instead, several Buick Regals were dressed to look like the GN, including a backward mounted version made to look like the GN was reversing at speed.
Engine: 2-litre aluminum-alloy DOHC F20C1 inline 4 with a Comptech supercharger
Power: 350 bhp
This might not be the first car that comes to mind when you think fast and furious but a couple of S2000s do appear in the early movies. This hot pink model driven by Suki in 2 Fast, 2 Furious apparently possesses super powers, capable of landing a drawbridge jump with the most minor of cosmetic damage – magic!
Engine: Ford 4.7-litre V8
Power: 335 bhp
Another rare model, the Ford GT40 is perfect for Fast Five. Originally produced as a race car of the mid-1960s it won the Le Mans 4 times. In the film, the GT40 become integral to the plot when the team discover that it’s fitted with computer chip identifying the locations of ten houses, each holding $10 million. Just another day at the office!
Engine: Supercharged Chrysler 426 Hemi V8
Power: 900 bhp
This seemingly invincible Dodge Charger, built by Dom and his dad, is seen flipping at the end of The Fast and the Furious only to reappear in Fast & Furious 4, Fast Five and Furious 7. The sheer power of the car (and Dom’s driving skill) is shown when he performs a wheelie in the Charger in the first film. Not bad for a 40 year old car!
Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Engine: 502 GM Performance V8
Power: 461 bhp
After appearing at the end of the first film, the Chevrolet Chevelle SS plays a major role in Fast & Furious 4 when Dom sands it down and repaints and modifies it for a race. He then uses it as a distraction to escape certain death at the hands of Fenix Calderon as he blows it up with nitrous oxide and a lighter. Dom is unharmed… unfortunately the same can’t be said for the Chevelle SS.
Engine: DOHC 2-litre 4-cylinder
Power: 210 bhp
One of the most memorable cars of the films, Brian’s Mitsubishi Eclipse is best known for its acidic colour and over-the-top body kit! Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long, losing in a race to Dom and meeting its end in a shootout in Little Saigon but not before a nail-biting police chase.
Honda Acura NSX
Engine: C32B V6
Power: 295 bhp
Driven by Don’s sister Mia, the Acura NSX could be accused of being the sexiest car of the film series. Red leather seats, NSX-R suspension, brakes, wheels, exterior parts and other upgrades make it memorable, even though it’s screen time is short-lived in Fast & Furious 4 and Fast Five.
And not forgetting… Toyota Supra
Engine: 2JZ-GTE l6
Power: 320 bhp
The most iconic motor of the movie franchise, Brian’s Toyota Supra only appeared in the first episode. It was the subject of Dom’s put-down quote: “I said a 10-second car, not a 10-minute car!” but this doesn’t stop him driving off into the distance in it at the end of The Fast and the Furious. Dom reappears in the sequel but the Supra is never seen again…
Does this list hit your mark? What’s your favourite car from the first 7 Fast and Furious films? Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Or watch the film and come back and tell us about the newest motors to join the legacy.