While numerous car movies premiered in the '70s and the '80s, none made the impact that the Fast and Furious did when it premiered in the early 2000s. The movie was responsible for catapulting Vin Diesel into stardom and launched the careers of several cast members.
Most viewers were unaware of how popular the franchise would become while watching the first installment, as the movie spawned eight other films. Although some of the cars were the same in the franchise and most of the cars kept reprising its roles, audiences couldn't get enough of Dominic, Letty, and Brian.
The ninth installment in the franchise is due for release next year. Fast and Furious fans can't wait to see what cars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson will drive to track down the bad guys.
Since the premise of the Fast and Furious franchise is about cars, we wanted to delve into the history of all the rides to determine the most spectacular vehicles that have graced our screens. Our search led us to discover some cars that are several decades old but provide surreal performance. Some of the cars were fast but subpar when compared to the top-tier vehicles featured in the franchise. We compiled a list of the cars featured in the Fast and the Furious franchise and ranked the vehicles from slowest to fastest.
25 1953 Chevrolet Fleetline
Fans of the franchise who wanted to see an epic car race would have enjoyed Fast and the Furious 8. It seems that everything that can go wrong for Dom does, as his Chevrolet Fleetline bursts into flames while he is racing the car.
According to the Telegraph, the producers used ten different Chevrolets to shoot the scene. Considering the stunts in the scene are incredible, it's not difficult to believe that it took them several cars to get the perfect shot.
24 1970 Ford Escort MK I RS1600
The producers wanted to use a vast collection of cars and not limit the production only to muscle and super cars. Brian O'Conner drove the car in the sixth installment. Tel Parker bought the car at a London auction.
The mechanics who worked on the car in London loved the car so much that they refused to work on an Enzo Ferrari or the Mustang while it was in the garage, as they wanted to get their hands dirty while working on the Escort. The scene with O'Conner driving the Escort to save Roman Pierce is epic.
23 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
In the seventh installment of the franchise, Roman Pierce drives the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 during the crew's attempt to save Ramsey from the armored convoy. Since the team is unable to reach the convoy by conventional means, they have to airdrop the cars onto the Caucasus Mountain to use for pursuit.
Tej Parker armored Pierce's parachute, and the air from outside of the plane dragged the Chevrolet out. Anything is possible in the Fast and the Furious.
22 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Tej Parker and Brian O'Conner drive the Lancer in 2 Fast 2 Furious. The Evolution has made a name for itself in the World Rally circuit. Gamers who have played Gran Turismo would have seen several Evos feature several versions.
The franchise wasn't the only advertising that Mitsubishi got for the Evolution, as Gran Turismo helped to popularise the car in the US. To make the car fast, Brian stored NOS Bottles and NOS Wet Nitrous System.
21 1994 Acura Integra GS-R
It seems that racing runs through the blood of the Toretto family. Mia Toretto, Dom's sister, drove the Acura in the first installment of the franchise. After Brian makes an impression on Mia, she wanted to show him that she wasn't only a pretty face but also had driving skills.
Mia uses the Acura Integra to show Brian her driving skills, as she rips through the streets in Los Angeles while giving him a lift to his place. The team installed numerous modifications on the car.
20 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Using the alias Brian Earl Spilner, Brian O'Conner used the Eclipse to prepare for his first street race. Although Brian was aware of the car's complications, he partook in the race to win Dom's respect. The race went south for Brian when the Eclipse's intake manifold overheated from an overcompensation of NOS that he used in the car.
Under the bonnet of the Eclipse was a 16-valve DOHC 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine that was capable of pumping out 210 horsepower.
19 Flip Car
Owen Shaw and Vegh drove the car in the sixth movie. Firuz, an auto mechanic who supplied Owen's crew, designed and manufactured two of the three custom sports cars. Although on-screen the car looked light-weight, Dennis McCarthy and the team were surprised to discover that it weighed 3,900 pounds after they assembled it.
The Flip Car had an LS3 motor, which could pump out 480 horsepower. The car features a custom tube frame and a cow catcher, as well as four-wheel steering and a V-drive transmission system.
18 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Some viewers might be baffled as to the timeline that Dom bought the Chevrolet Chevelle. Only viewers who watched the first movie to the end, after the credits, would have seen Dom drive the Chevelle.
After Dom drove off in Brian's Supra, he drove to Mexico and purchased this magnificent hotrod. Although showcased briefly in the first installment, the Chevelle makes a return in Fast & Furious, as well as the Fate of the Furious. The car is an absolute stunner.
17 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
Dennis McCarthy, the man who engineered the vehicles in the franchise, stated that the Ford Mustang Fastback was one of his favorite cars. McCarthy build the car from scratch and wanted viewers to believe that the car was functional, so he instructed the director to shoot the drifting scene in Tokyo Drift with the car's bonnet open.
The team needed two months to install a Nissan Skyline GT-R engine into the Fastback. The engine pumped out 500 horsepower.
16 1997 Mazda RX-7 FD
Since the producers shot an installment in Tokyo, it made sense that they would feature quite a few vehicles from the area. One of the fastest cars that they showcased during the Tokyo Drift was the Mazda RX-7. Takashi confronts Han about the money he stole from his uncle, Kamata.
Han uses the RX-7 to flee, but Takashi follows him through downtown Tokyo and the Shibuya District. During the race, the car lands on the roof and explodes. The orange and black paint job made the car look sublime.
15 1971 Jensen Interceptor
McCarthy built each car while keeping the premise of the show in mind. He wanted the cars to reflect the period of the character's life in the movie. Considering that Letty Ortiz, played by Michelle Rodriguez, was going through turbulent times, McCarthy designed a dark car.
He stated that Rodriguez gave him a lot of grief for designating the Interceptor to her, as she did not enjoy the vehicle. The producers used various engines for the different scenes, but the standard engine was a 6.2-liter V8 engine, capable of pumping out 430 horsepower, according to Fast and the Furious Fandom.
14 2001 Honda S2000
One of the colors that McCarthy wasn't happy to see on a car was pink. McCarthy stated that the pink Honda S2000 wasn't a sight for sore eyes, but the performance of the car made it appealing.
Suki drove the Honda S2000 in 2 Fast 2 Furious during the race that Tej Parker hosted. During most of the race, Suki struggled to keep up with the leading cars until she had to make the bridge jump. Under the bonnet was a 2-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC F20C1 inline 4 with a Comptech supercharger.
13 2001 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S
Although McCarthy loved most of the cars that he built for the show, the Silvia was special to him. He stated that the car had incredible features that allowed it to drift like no other car. McCarthy added that he believed that the car was made for drifting. Since drifting was Silvia's prominent feature, McCarthy included it during the filming of Tokyo Drift. The car had a Turbocharged RB26 Skyline GT-R straight-six engine. Although Silvia gets damaged in the scene, it provided great drifting.
12 2010 Dodge Charger SRT-8
During an interview with Wired, uploaded to YouTube, McCarthy stated that Dodge had played a major role in the franchise by being one of the car partners. The car appeared in the fifth installment, and Dominic and Brian drove it. The first SRTs featured in the movie were part of the four cars that the police used.
The muscle cars showed its power in the movie, as the producers used its strength to pull the vault loaded with money out of the police station. The paint color was matte black.
11 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT
Girls just wanna have fun. One of the actresses who had a lot of fun during the filming of the franchise was Michelle Rodriguez, who played Letty Ortiz. During the seventh film, Letty drove the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT. While Mr. Nobody avails the cars that the team can use to rescue Ramsey from Mose Jakande's bad guys, Letty picks the Challenger.
Before the mission, Letty infuses black paint with the green, as well as handlebars and a spoiler, not to forget the parachute.
10 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi GH
I'm not surprised that McCarthy featured the Subaru in the franchise. After all, the car has dominated the rally circuit. The WRX has proved that it can drift and propel to high speeds on a straight road. Dominic drove the Subaru but gave it to Brian after the destruction of his Nissan Skyline in the first installment.
The car also featured in the sixth installment when the racers in London gathered to see a race. A group of racers sat on the outside of car's doors while driving it on two wheels.
9 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC
Don't let the age of this car fool you, as the bonnet boasts a beast that's ready to shatter its shackles and roar. Muscle car fans who wanted to see a classic beast roar would have enjoyed Korpi, one of Carter Verone's potential employees, arrive at Verone's property with the vehicle.
Under the bonnet was a 427 Cubic inch 7-liter V8 engine, capable of pumping out 425 horsepower. The car featured in 2 Fast 2 Furious and the producers donated it to the Paul Walker Charity ROWW, as a tribute to the late actor.
8 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
Before the filming of Fast and the Furious 6, McCarthy wanted to build a car that could produce a lot of power. He stated that the Daytona used in the movie was not a replica but his version of the car. Viewers would have seen Dom drive the Dayton during his street race with Letty in the sixth installment, as well as during the tank scene in Spain.
The Daytona boasted a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, producing 500 horsepower. McCarthy custom made the nose out of fiberglass and reduced the front-end weight.
7 2017 Subaru BRZ
Little Nobody, played by Scott Eastwood, drove the Subaru BRZ during the filming of the Fate of the Furious. To ensure that the scenes were perfect, the producers used four Subaru BRZs during the filming.
Three of the four cars survived after the director yelled, "Cut." McCarthy was impressed by that statistic, as he stated that only 25% of the cars remain in one piece after the filming. He also added that the car was a blast to drive, nimble and did everything right.
6 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S
Although McCarthy used muscle cars throughout the franchise, he wanted to incorporate modern sports cars, as well. One of the obvious choices was the Mercedes AMG GT S. Tej Parker drove the car in the Fate of the Furious.
Consumers who want to purchase a GT S should be prepared to pay $130,000. Under the bonnet is an impressive 4-liter twin-turbo engine, capable of pumping out 503 horsepower. Although I enjoyed the muscle cars in the franchise, the AMG GT S is one of a kind.
5 2011 Lykan Hypersport
One of the problems that McCarthy encountered was introducing new vehicles. Since he used numerous vehicles throughout the franchise, he was uncertain of which supercars to feature. When the producers shot the seventh installment in the UAE, McCarthy wanted to feature a supercar but was apprehensive about making a decision, as he felt that the locals were so rich that they used a Lamborghini Aventador as a daily driver.
Once he discovered that Lykan had built only eight units of the Hypersport, he found the answer.
4 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34
Ask McCarthy which car prominently featured in the franchise, and he'll answer, "The Skyline GTR." When one is shooting a movie that involves drag racing and drifting, leaving the GTR out of the filming is unacceptable.
The producers featured different models of the GTR throughout the franchise, but the 1999 model was the car that Brian drove in 2 Fast 2 Furious. The car boasted a 2.6-liter twin turbo engine, which could pump out 330 horsepower. The Skyline stands next to the 1970 Dodge Charger as the flagship vehicle.
3 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
No car movie would be complete without featuring one of the best supercar brands in the world. Lamborghini has garnered a reputation for producing vehicles that have a unique design and need less than three seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph.
Roman Pierce drove the Murcielago in the Fate of the Furious during the pursuit scene when he falls through the embankment of snow and into the water. He thought that he would be cool by driving the Murcielago but admitted that the car was inapt for snow.
2 1994 Toyota Supra MK IV
After Brian's Mitsubishi Eclipse exploded, he still owed Dom a ten-second car. To keep his promise to Dom, Brian gets a totaled Supra. Dom, unsatisfied with the speed of the Supra, gave the car to his crew to modify so that it could become a racing beast. The crew performed a stellar modification, making the car so fast that it could outrace a Ferrari.
Dom spends $15,000 to restore the car in the movie, while McCarthy spent over a $100,000 off-screen.
1 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
If there's one car that is the flagship vehicle of the Fast and the Furious franchise, it is the 1970 Dodge Charger RT. The car was so special that Dom kept it in the garage of the Toretto house and built it with his father when he was a teenager.
When Dom's dad passed in the car during a stock race accident, Dom was afraid to drive it. The car was also in the fifth and seventh installment of the franchise. The Charger R/T is one of the most beautiful cars featured in the franchise.
Sources - Telegraph, Fast & Furious Fandom & YouTube