The Very Best 10 Cars From All 7 “Fast and Furious” Movies
Published April 17, 2015
From 7 films with dozens of different cars on-screen, here are the best 10. Don’t agree? Post what they should be and we’ll run a Readers Choice list in May.
1967 Ford Mustang
In “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” the 1967 Mustang GT that had belonged to Sean Boswell’s father required an engine transplant, and as there are no Ford V-8s to be found anywhere in a country of 150 million people, the new motor dropped into the Mustang is a turbocharged, 2.6-liter RB26 engine out of a Nissan Skyline GT-R. Forget the ridiculous level of logistics that particular swap would involve and just enjoy the fantasy.
1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R
In “Fast Five,” Brian O’Conner buys a 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R, the first of all Skyline models to receive the GT-R treatment. The Skyline GT-R sported a 2.0L DOHC straight six that produced 160 HP from the factory. While not a major part of the film, its presence was welcome by fans of classic Japanese sports sedans.
1969 Yenko Camaro
A ’69 Yenko Camaro is won by Brian O’Conner in 2 Fast 2 Furious after a race for pinks against some bad dudes. The Yenko’s utilized in later in the film to outrun the police. Through the 1960s Yenko Chevrolet of Cannonsburg, PA was the preeminent tuner of Chevys, modifying Camaros and even Corvairs. The car used in the film was a replica, as Yenko Camaros sell at auction for around $300,000 .
1987 Buick GNX
A 1987 Buick GNX was chosen for a tanker truck heist in the fourth film by Dominic Toretto . The GNX was most powerful of the turbo Buicks, powered by a turbocharged, 3.8L V-6 rated at 245 HP. It’s been suggested that the horsepower from the factory could have been higher than stated, as Buick engineers were working simultaneously on the Buick V-6 Indy engine that produced 850 HP. With just about 1000 GNX Buicks built, no volunteers stepped forward to sacrifice their car. Instead seven Grand Nationals disguised as GNXs were used in filming.
1969 Jensen Interceptor
In Fast and Furious 6 Letty Ortiz drives a highly-modified, matte-gray Jensen Interceptor. Intended as a Grand Tourer that could eat kilometers of motorways/autoroutes/autobahn at a clip, Jensen installed Chrysler V-8s and Torqueflite transmissions to make long drives slip past smoothly. In the film the Jensen engages with a Dodge Charger Daytona in a race around London.
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
This beauty is featured in the fifth installment of the series. The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is driven off a speeding train, bounces off a cliff before going submarine. Purchasing a real Grand Sport roadster would run to at least $5 million, and since there are only two it’s unlikely the owner would part with it. So clearly stunt doubles were called for. In total Chevrolet built 5 Grand Sport Corvettes, all initially coupes but two were later converted to roadster configuration. One was purchased and raced by Roger Penske, who would go on to win 15 Indy 500s as a team owner.
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
Think of the F-Bomb Camaro as a thought exercise from the brain of Hot Rod magazine editor David Freiburger. He built the F-Bomb out of a 1973 Camaro (F-Body, get it?) to determine just how much you can modify a car before it becomes illegal for street use, and then drop it back a notch. The result is a twin-turbocharged, 1500 HP pea-soup green monster that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin replicated, having Dominic Toretto drive the F-Bomb replica near the end of the film.
1970 Ford Escort RS1600
The English Ford Escort RS1600 was a surprising addition to “Fast & Furious 6,” as so many cars in the earlier films were either Japanese or American Muscle. The Escort RS1600 was built as a rally car and proved its toughness by winning the 1972 East African Safari. The car used in the film, driven by Brian O’Conner, is a 1970 Ford Escort RS1600. The car would have been delivered with a 16-valve, DOHC, 1.6L Cosworth BDA four-cylinder engine that produces 230 HP in Group 4 rally spec. In a classic David versus Goliath contest, the Escort takes on a tank in the film.
1970 Dodge Charger
At the end of the first film, Dominic Toretto races Brian O’Conner in his father’s 1970 Dodge Charger, powered by a 900 HP blown 528 CID HEMI V8 (although stunt cars were powered by small block Chevy crate motors). After dodging a freight train, the Charger strikes a truck and barrel rolls to its supposed demise. However the Charger returns later in the series to help Toretto escape from a prison bus.
Rescued by O’Conner from a junkyard and brought back to life in Toretto’s garage, the 1995 Toyota Supra featured in the film carried a twin-turbocharged 3.0L Toyota 2JZ-GTE I6 which produced 330 bhp and 315 lb.ft backed by a 6 speed V16x manual transmission. After heavy modification it produced 544 bhp @ 6800 revolutions per minute. The $10,000 to $15,000 mentioned as the cost of restoration would be closer to $100,000 in the real world.
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