Even if you have never seen them, everyone has heard of The Fast and the Furious. The movie franchise centered on illegal racing and heists has produced 12 movies over the course of 18 years, each movie being more exciting than the last. During the course of production, director Rob Cohen attended illegal races to ensure the authenticity and many actors were sent to driving school in Las Vegas. Ironically enough, leads Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez were not previously licensed to drive.
While many get wrapped up with the adrenaline rush the race scenes typically induce, most forget to notice the most important part of these movies, the cars. Here are ten dream cars from The Fast and the Furious franchise.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII made its first appearance in 2 Fast 2 Furious. The car was driven by Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Connor and Ludacris’ character, Tej Parker. The Lancer in the movie was produced by Mitsubishi in 2002 and has since been discontinued. If you manage to find one of these for sale, keep in mind it was available in a 4-speed automatic and a 5-point manual transmission.
The Lancer is powered by a 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 120 hp and gains a respectable 33-miles to the gallon. It is important to mention, however, while portrayed as a luxurious racing car in the movies, in real life it is anything but.
This Swedish car is a dream come true. The Koenigsegg CCXR is not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the most powerful and rarest cars to ever be produced. The car made its first appearance in Fast Five, in which Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker show their cars off. As described in the movie, the CCXR is one of the rarest cars on the planet, with only four ever being made. The car is run by a 4.7–4.8 L twin-supercharged V8 that has been modified to burn E85 and E100 Ethanol Fuel. The CCXR produces an unbelievable 1,004 hp, but is harmful to the environment. As far as supercars go, the Koenigsegg CCXR takes home the prize.
This Japanese automobile made its first appearance in Fast and Furious but has also been brought up in later movies such as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. This 2000 model is considered by many to be, “The Mustang of Japan,” and is illegal in the United States. The reason for the ban is that the car does not conform to American safety and emission standards. The unofficial reason? Drifting.
The Spec-R was redesigned to include a larger brake booster than the Spec-S. As a result, the Spec-R is much easier to drift than any other car on the market. So, while this beautiful car is a beast on and off-screen, it’s a pity that you can’t buy it.
The Lykan Hypersport was featured in Furious 7, and like the Koenigsegg CCXR, it is a real-life supercar. The Lebanese auto, produced by W Motors cost about $3.4 million, and only seven of them have ever been made. The HyperSport is powered by a 3.7 L twin-turbocharged flat-six engine and is capable of producing up to 780 hp. The Hypersport also does 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and has diamonds in its headlights for some mysterious reason. The Hypersport featured in the seventh Fast and the Furious movie remains to be the first and only Hypersport to be destroyed.
The 2003 Honda NSX marketed in North America as an Acura Luxury Vehicle, was driven by Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) in Fast & Furious and Fast Five. The car shown in the film was heavily modified from its original state, including but not limited to new brakes, wheels, and exteriors. The NSX used in the film has been noted to be sophisticated and elegant, yet powerful when the need arises. The NSX puts out 252-290 hp and is powered by a 3.0 L V6 engine. The 2017 Acura NSX produces significantly more power at 573 hp and has an updated 3.5 L V6 engine.
The 1993 Mazda RX-7 was Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) car in The Fast and the Furious. The car in the movie initially came with a roll cage but had to go when Vin Diesel’s muscular frame failed to fit inside of it. The RX-7 spanned across three generations from 1978-2002 and was discontinued by Mazda.
This sports car has a 1.3 L R2 front engine capable of producing 255 hp, and a rear rotary engine. The two-door coupe can be bought today at just below $20,000 on numerous websites. With a 20-gallon fuel tank and 24-miles to the gallon, the RX-7 is an impressive feat of 20th-century engineering.
Like the ’93 Mazda mentioned above, the Mitsubishi Eclipse also appeared in The Fast and the Furious. Despite its age, this ’95 car not only produces a tremendous amount of energy but also offers an impressive 32-miles to the gallon. The 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse is powered by a 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine and can produce upwards of 210 hp. If you are interested in purchasing this vehicle, you may be out of luck considering it is no longer in production, but not all hope is lost yet. Due to public demand to bring back the Eclipse, Mitsubishi released the 2019 Eclipse Cross, which has outraged its users. Who knows? With enough time, the Eclipse may just come back.
The 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo MKIV was presented in the movie, 2 Fast 2 Furious. The ’93 Supra was the first Toyota brand vehicle to include airbags, but only in the United States. The ’93 Turbo MKIV was part of the fourth generation (A80) of the Supra line. The end result was a car with a naturally aspirating Toyota 2JZ-GE engine and a twin-turbocharged Toyota 2JZ-GE engine.
Due to the popularity of the Toyota Supra A80, the company recently released plans to market the next Supra. The A90 generation. The new line of resurrected Supra’s is the brainchild of a Toyota-BMW partnership.
The Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and like the Silvia S15 Spec-R, is powerful, sleek, and illegal to drive in the United States. Like the Silvia, the reasons for the GT-R ban are very similar. Both cars are extremely powerful, have won numerous races, and are some of the best drifting cars in the world. The Skyline, however, also has All Wheel Drive (AWD). While this may seem like a silly reason to ban a car, consider this. The Skyline’s engine can achieve up to 1,000 hp. Most police cars only gain 292 hp.
When you began reading this list, I bet you were looking for this car. Well, here it is folks. The classic 1970 Dodge Charger. This baby was driven by Dominic Toretto through the Fast and the Furious franchise and is usually the first car associated with the film series. The Charger second generation came out in 1968 and was the muscle car associated with cool and powerful. With 1970 came mild alterations to the ’69 model. These changes included the united bumper grille, electric headlight doors, and the 440 six pack engine. The charger had 10 wins in the ’70 NASCAR season, more than any other car, and it held on to this accolade for 13 years.