The tenth edition of the Fast and the Furious saga is set to make a big debut in May and is titled F9. As Dominic Toretto reloads for round 10, we’re set to receive another dose of fast cars, ultra-futuristic tech, and the much-needed punch of adrenaline.
Over the series’ 19-year journey, tons of high-octane cars have graced the screen and we all have our favourites. Be it the Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger or Sean’s 1967 Ford Mustang, or even Roman’s one of six Koenigsegg CCXR, which made just a 5-second appearance. Here are top five most memorable cars from the Fast and the Furious dynasty.
The movies certainly boast the ability to bring in ultra-exclusive vehicles, and the Lykan Hypersport is a perfect example. Being just one of seven, Furious 7 featured this car as a 69th-floor penthouse-placed trophy piece of an Arab billionaire. Dom rightfully said “Nothing is sadder than locking up a beast in a cage” right before rashly flying it between the Etihad towers in classic F&F style. In terms of engine specs, it bears a 740-bhp engine that goes 0-60 in less than three seconds while maxing out at a blistering 400-kmph. Price? Just under $3.5 million.
Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
It is in this legendary tuner that we find Walker at the entry shots of ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’. Armed with a 2.6 liter twin-turbo inline six, the Nissan Skyline needed to be altered by the production crew as the car’s traction controls and grip were so extreme that the burnouts needed for the film shoot were nearly impossible to perform. It’s a shame the car was confiscated by the Feds early in the film, as it was a rocket-ship on four wheels.
Possibly the most definitive and brand-personifying car of the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise, the 1970 Dodge Charger has been a passion-project for Dom (Vin Diesel) since his very first F&F offering. It never really left the shed until the movie’s final chase sequence, which unfortunately ended up in a crash. Almost always accompanied by Dodge vehicles, especially in an all-black aesthetic, it became a signature car for Dom in variants of a Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger Daytona, and a Dodge ‘Ice’ Charger which featured in 2017’s ‘The Fate of the Furious’. Though the stock variant offered 390-hp, Dom managed to tweak it to a point where Deckard Shaw believed it to be 5000+. The V-8 and dual-valve engine gave it a ground-rumbling thump.
We simply listed the MXT for how dissimilar it looks against the rest of the vehicles in the F&F squad. A true brawn, the vehicle perfectly impersonates Hobbs (Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson) as a seemingly unstoppable quasi-military truck. The MXT isn’t a custom or a hybrid, it’s been built to serve the armed forces and is actually capable of bearing a missile launcher. Thanks to its MaxxForce D6 engine, it’s capable of churning out 380-hp.
The Ramp Car
The isn’t a specific name for this sinister build, but we’d certainly like to call it the Frankenstein of motoring simply for the way it looks. Stripped down to its chassis, this car is essentially an F1 car deconstructed and rebuilt with metal sheets that act like ramps for oncoming vehicles. This scene made just one appearance but marked a milestone for the team. This road pursuit of Owen Shaw was the first time Dom and Hobb’s team worked as one team, while just a movie ago, they were rivals in Brazil. This car was a pure custom build with zero engine specs, but it does contain an F1 skeleton. Considering the conventional standard of 2013 F1, we’d guess about 850-hp. Apart from its attractive naked build, the sound of sequential gearbox revving up was nothing less than motoring music.
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