Twenty years after the first Fast & Furious movie was released, the cult-favourite film franchise continues to influence the portrayal of cars in cinema. With flashy, fancy and furiously fast machines, the films have featured some of the coolest vehicles in movie pop culture and raked in millions of dollars in the process.
Embodying each character’s qualities, the cars showcased in the Fast & Furious movies demand attention and have been given an identity of their own. From Suki’s (Devon Aoki) Barbie pink Honda S2000 in 2 Fast 2 Furious to Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) rare sports car, Lykan HyperSport from Furious 7 and the street racing beast, 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse from The Fast and the Furious, the film series has always delivered scene-stealers to the delight of car enthusiasts.
As another blockbuster action flick from the Fast and Furious saga, Fast X, releases on 19 May 2023, some more iconic cars and crazy action sequences are sure to blow up the screen and mind. So, buckle up and fasten your seat belts before things become furious pretty fast.
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Here are some of the coolest cars ever featured in the Fast & Furious films
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse: The Fast and the Furious (2001)
One of the iconic cars in the whole franchise, this green beast established Brian’s character as it is the first vehicle he drives. He uses the car for street racing against Dom in the first film but gets shot by Johhny Tran’s (Rick Yune) men when it wanders into his land. Although Dom wins the race and takes the pink slip, the Mitsubishi Eclipse, called the “green car” in the film, holds a special place among Brian’s fans.
The car was equipped with a Mitsubishi 2-litre and four-cylinder engine which offered a power of 138 bhp and picked up a speed of 100 kmph in mere 8.9 seconds. Although the film mentioned it could cover over 16 km (10 miles), in reality, the Mitsubishi Eclipse covers about 400 m in 16.4 seconds.
Toyota Supra Mk-IV: The Fast and the Furious (2001)
One of the most iconic cars from the Fast and Furious franchise is the orange Toyota Supra, which Dominic and Brian restore all by themselves in the film. Working together on the vehicle seals the bond between the two lead characters.
The show-stopping Supra is used throughout the movie and becomes Brian’s primary car. With the original 2JZ-GTE engine, the Mk-IV could go up to a dizzying speed of 300 kilometres per hour (approximately).
At the end of the movie, Brian competes with Dominic in his orange Supra, while they attempt to outrace a moving train. The same car was redone and featured as Slap Jack’s (Michael Ealy) car in the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious.
The legendary orange Toyota Supra was recently auctioned for over half a million dollars at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale in 2021.
Pink 2001 Honda S2000: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Matching Suki’s all-pink outfit was the eye-catching ‘Barbie’ pink car that appeared in the opening race scene of the second Fast and Furious movie. In the film, Suki manages to jump her car over a drawbridge, ripping off its front end. However, she still keeps going to finish the race like a star.
The 2.0-litre I-4 engine lends a speed of about 97 kilometres per hour in under six seconds. The S2000’s engine delivers 240 horsepower at 8,300 rpm.
1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
The car appears in the opening of the movie and gave street racing a new meaning when Brian beat the Los Angeles Police. This model of the Nissan skyline is one of Brian’s favourite drives, and it delivers big time to his character. Very few know about the Turbo Charged Prelude (2003) short film which links the first two movies to the franchise, where this car played a major role.
This particular model had a 2.6-litre, in-line six, twin-turbo engine, making it a prominent name among high-performance cars. For production, the Skyline GT-R underwent a lot of customisations and had power between 418 and 447 bhp. Reportedly, American producer Craig Lieberman considered the hero GT-R the first fully legal R34 GT-R in the US. He was a technical advisor for the initial Fast and Furious movies and was the owner of the R34 at the time of 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Such are its striking attributes, that the Skyline GT-R is much like a cast member and many of its models have appeared throughout the Fast and Furious franchise.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko SYC: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
In the film, Brian wins this beastly car after racing for the pink slips and later stuns the audience with a gravity-defying stunt where he drives the vehicle off the road onto a boat to evade the police.
The Camaro Yenko SYC used in the film is a replica of the original 1967 car which uses a 7-litre V8 engine, pushing out 425 horsepower. The car in the film was a toned-down version which was equipped with a 500-horsepower engine and a Borg Warner Super T-10 transmission. The jump sequence showed the vehicle to be completely shattered, but to the relief of automobile lovers, it was just a shell filled with expandable foam. However, Year One company restored one of the stunt cars to its original self.
The film used replicas and models as an original Chevrolet Camaro Yenko is a valued collector’s asset that runs into millions of dollars.
VeilSide Mazda RX-7 Fortune: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Spawning one of the most memorable cars in the Fast and Furious franchise is the customised black and orange 1997 Mazda RX-7 from Tokyo Drift. The car was driven by Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) and Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) while travelling through Tokyo in Japan.
In addition to other daredevil stunts executed by the lead characters in this powerful machine, like trying to escape the Japanese police, Han tragically gets hit by a Mercedes while driving the Mazda.
The Mazda RX-7 from this movie was built by VeilSide, a Japanese aftermarket automotive company that started by selling suspension and engine tuning parts. It went on to sell interiors, as well as body parts for the aerodynamic and aesthetic enhancement of a vehicle. For the film, Universal Studios acquired the car and then modified it.
VeilSide equipped the 1.1 L engine with an Apexera Power FC engine management system, HKS TO42 turbo kit and V-mounted intercooler. It also features custom intercooler piping and NKG racing spark plugs. It is possible to order a car like this one from the company, as part of its ‘Fortune’ kit, a premier aerodynamic body kit for the legendary Mazda RX7 FD3.
The company was also responsible for customising Suki’s unforgettable pink Honda from 2 Fast 2 Furious.
1967 Ford Mustang Fastback: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
In Tokyo Drift, when protagonist Sean challenges the ‘Drift King’ Takashi to a race and he accepts it, the former starts rebuilding his father, Major Boswell’s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback with the help of his friends. Found on an army base, Sean uses the car to race Takashi down an unknown mountain.
Originally, the Mustang got its twin-turbo RB26 engine from an R34 Skyline GT-R. However, the RB26 engine was promptly put back in the R34, as the twin-turbo system could not fit between the shock towers. A different block with a single-turbo setup was swapped for it. The car officially offers 340 horsepower at 7,300 rpm.
Although the Mustang was capable of carrying out drifting stunts for the movie production, five to six stunt cars were used for this purpose instead.
1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport: Fast & Furious (2009)
Dominic perfectly describes the regal green car as a “nitromethane tank, Ford full size, continental tires.” This car belongs to Fenix (Laz Alonso), a secondary antagonist and lead henchman of drug lord Arturo Braga (John Ortiz) who guides the teams that smuggle drugs across the US-Mexico border.
Fenix’s Gran Torino included features such as a Ford 429 Cobra Jet engine, Hotchkis suspension and Coys C-67 Gunmetal 18-inch rims.
Gurkha LAPV: Fast Five (2011)
To match Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s towering physique and magnanimous personality, the V-8 powered Gurkha LAPV was brought in, especially, for Fast Five.
Weighing about 7,500 kilograms, the Gurkha LAPV is a Canadian-manufactured armoured military vehicle, driven by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his fellow Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agents. Hobbs is a highly skilled bounty hunter for the DSS and the lead federal agent whose job is to capture Dominic and his team in the film.
Although we only see this beast of a car briefly raging through the streets of Rio de Janeiro in the movie, the scene is remembered by many fans of the Fast and Furious film series.
Ford GT40: Fast Five (2011)
Who can ever forget the outstanding train heist scene from Fast Five and a cool Mia (Jordana Brewster) stealing this swanky vehicle? However, later Dom and Brian rip it apart to find the computer chip which holds valuable information in the movie.
It would be rather the most insane idea to cast a real Ford Le Mans-winning car which is not only rare but also incredibly expensive (fetches nearly USD 4 million). Rather, the film used two kit cars as the hero and made a stunt car out of a racecar replica kit and a USD 30,000 crate motor.
Ford Escort RS1600: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
A brief but memorable cameo made in Fast & Furious 6 is by the blue and white Ford Escort RS1600. In the film, Brian is seen dramatically driving this car in pursuit of Owen Shaw’s (Luke Evans) tank on a Spanish motorway. In a scene that destroys a Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger Daytona, the Escort luckily escapes with only light cosmetic damage.
During this adrenaline-pumped race, Brian realises his friend, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), is in danger of being crushed in his 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback by the tank. To save his friend, Brian makes use of the Ford Escort’s rally-spec suspension and propels the car from a makeshift ramp created by the debris of a bridge.
With a top speed of 182 kph, the discontinued model features a 1.6 L Cosworth BDA I4, K&N Cold Air Intake engine with custom rally lights, eight-spoke wheels, and a bright blue DuPont paint finished with 1970 Ford Escort MKI white stripes from Ford.
Lykan HyperSport: Furious 7 (2015)
With only seven Lykan HyperSport cars ever made, the car created by W Motors helped the company achieve international fame when it was featured as the hero car in Universal Studios’ Furious 7. It is also the most expensive car ever to be included in the Fast & Furious franchise and the third costliest car in existence. Actor Vin Diesel owns one of these in real life.
In Furious 7, we see Brian and Dominic ‘flying’ the USD 3 million supercar through buildings and ultimately crashing it. However, the real car was not used in the production; Lykan built only the exterior body for the movie and fitted it with rollers on a Porsche Boxster chassis.
Powered by a twin turbo flat-six 3.7-litre (3,756 cc) engine, the Lykan HyperSport produces 552 kW (780hp) at 7,100 rpm and 960 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Boasting a top speed of 395 kph, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.9 seconds.
One of the fastest cars in the world, the original Lykan HyperSport is an extravagant and luxurious car, featuring seats sewn with gold and headlights embellished with the buyer’s choice of jewels, including rubies, diamonds and sapphires.
1966 Chevrolet Corvette StingRay: The Fate of the Furious (2017)
The iconic 1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray is a car driven by Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) in the film. The beautiful red, old-school-style car is a two-door coupé with a whopping speed of 225 kph.
The car features a 7.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 front engine, rear-wheel drive and 4-speed transmission. The movie car was modified with flared fenders, a new drivetrain and an overhauled Wilwood braking system.
In the movie, Letty is seen picking up the red Corvette and working on some modifications at a secret spot near the docks dubbed the Toy Shop.
1968 Dodge Charger Hellacious: F9: The Fast Saga (2021)
SpeedKore built the perfect car for the 2021 Fast and Furious movie and put Dom in charge of yet another sleek black Dodge Charger. This time it is more pumped up and flaunts a robust mid-mounted supercharged V-8 engine
The company also delivered a real-life road version of the muscle car. According to CNET, it “has shoved a supercharged 6.2-litre Hellcat V8 in the middle of the muscle car, just like in the movie, and power heads to the rear wheels thanks to a gated manual transmission and transaxle from a Lamborghini Gallardo.” A chiselled carbon fibre body and Speedkore exhaust system and numerous customisations make it a complete road rager.
1970 Dodge Charger R/T: Multiple movies
The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T was the signature car driven by Dominic in The Fast and the Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Furious 7. It was destroyed in Furious 7 when Dom competed with Deckard Shaw in Los Angeles, only to briefly reappear at the hideout in F9 (2021).
With a top speed of approximately 209 kph, the Dodge Charger R/T is a coupé with two doors and a front-mounted naturally-aspirated engine of 7.2-litre capacity. This transmits the power to the rear wheels.
The Dodge Charger has undergone modifications in almost every Fast & Furious movie it has appeared in. While the one from The Fast & the Furious offered 900 horsepower and rear-wheel drive, Fast Five used six of the same cars in the film; out of which, one was constructed with a blown 528-cubic-inch Hemi V8 cylinder. Built with a pro-2 chassis with a Dodge Charger body on top, the car from Furious 7 was specially modified for off-roading.
The features of the original Dodge Charger R/T include an overhead valve gear and a 90-degree V-8 cylinder layout.
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(Hero and featured image: Courtesy F9: The Fast Saga/ IMDb)
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: With the original 2JZ-GTE engine and a dizzying speed of 300 kilometres per hour, one of the most iconic cars from the first instalment of the movie series is the orange Toyota Supra. Working on rebuilding this car together seals the bond between the two lead characters Brian (Paul Walker) and Dominic (Vin Diesel) in the film.
Answer: The most notable cars that appeared in the '2 Fast 2 Furious' movie are the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 (driven by Brian), 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII (driven by Brian and Tej Parker), 2000 Honda S2000 (driven by Suki), 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS (driven by Roman Pierce), 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC (driven by Korpi and Brian), 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo MKIV (driven by Slap Jack), Dodge Stealth (driven by Brian) and the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T (driven by Dominic).
Answer: An iconic car driven by Dominic Toretto, the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T is arguably the best one from the 'Fast & Furious' movies. With a top speed of approximately 209 kph, the Dodge Charger R/T is a coupé with two doors and a front-mounted naturally aspirated engine of 7.2-litre capacity, which transmits the power to the rear wheels.