Ever since the first movie aired in 2001, The Fast and Furious franchise has been cementing itself in the hearts of car enthusiasts globally as well as measurably affecting the overall automotive market. For the past 18 years, we've watched our favorite characters get behind the wheels of countless cars, be it tuners, SUVs, classic muscle cars, or whatever happens to tickle the filmmakers' fancy on that given day.
No matter what car they drive, The Fast & Furious stars always leave everyone in their dust. SO, given how many vehicles the fans were presented with throughout the 8 films, a question arises how these cars would fare against one another. For this reason, we have compiled a comprehensive list of all the most relevant (and most interesting) cars driven by the protagonists throughout the franchise's 18-year reign and ranked them based on their top speed. Enjoy.
Everyone remembers the green Hulk car from Tokyo Drift. It is painfully obvious that this is not going to be the fastest car on this list. After all, it was not built for racing. Although we can only guess what hides under the angry green hood, equipped even with its top-of-the-line 2.0L 4-cylinder, the 2005 Touran would churn out only about 170 horsepower and struggle to break 133 mph.
In the first movie, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) can be seen pulling up in his father's heavily decaled white Jetta, complete with white rims and a large rear spoiler. He ignores Brian's (Paul Walker) advice and loses the car to Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) in a drag race against his Honda S2000 (also on this list).
Perhaps Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz later beat Johnny, as he is known to be the last person to own the Jetta from the movie. Although the power output of the 2.0L 4-cylinder hidden in the hood has never been specified, one thing is certain: Jesse should have never agreed to the race.
What many fans of the franchise remember as "the green car" from the first movie is actually a modified 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Though it was never revealed which motor was featured in the movie, the Eclipse came standard with a 2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 420a engine producing a decent 210 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. In this car, Brian would be expected to reach a top speed of roughly 135 mph.
With a massive rear wing and a piercing purple paint-job, who could miss Roman's (Tyrese Gibson) Eclipse Spyder from 2 Fast 2 Furious? However, in this case, the exterior speaks louder than the engine.
Sure, the Eclipse's updated 24-valve 3.0LCyclone V6 SOHC engine comes up with a decent 210 horsepower, but it is put to shame by its cousin Lancer's 276 horsepower from a mere 2-liter 4-cylinder. Nevertheless, this memorable convertible is good for at least 135 mph.
Produced by English company Jensen Motors between 1966 and 1976, this old-school luxury grand touring car was Letty's (Michelle Rodriguez) ride of choice in Fast & Furious 6. Out of the 4 interceptors used in filming, 2 made it out alive, and Fast & Furious picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy fitted them all with a handy 6.2-liter LS3 V8 that he used in many other on-screen cars as well.
Originally, the car is fitted with either a 6.3L Chrysler 383 V8 cranking up roughly 270 hp or a 7.2L V8 producing 330 hp. McCarthy's version, however, bumped that number up to 430 hp. Namely created as luxury grand tourers, stock Interceptors would max out at roughly 139 mph.
This quick and nimble Japanese convertible makes its Fast & Furious debut driven by the franchise's first on-screen "bad guy" Johnny Tran. Due to Honda's unique VTEC system, designed to improve engine performance at high rep ranges, any S2000 owner will tell you that one of the best things about this car is the sound. According to Brian, Tran had "more than a hundred grand under the hood of that car."
Although its true performance is anyone's guess, even stock from the factory, the small inline 4-cylinder 2.0L engine can put out roughly 240 horsepower and accelerate to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds, maxing out at 149 mph.
As an iconic rally car and a popular tuner, there was no doubt the Lancer Evolution (popularly nicknamed "Evo") would earn a spot on this list. Featured in the second Fast & Furious movie, this one came equipped with a trademark huge carbon fiber tail wing and full-body decals.
However, modifications were done only to the exterior, as its official 2-liter 4G63 engine producing 276 horsepower was left untouched. Anyone making the mistake of underestimating Evo's 2-liter engine will be surprised to watch this car jump to 60 in 4.8 seconds and take on corners better than many supercars, reaching a top speed of 155mph.
Many of our readers might be interested in the contraption driven by the infamous Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in the sixth Fast & Furious installment. Designed by The Fast & Furious picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy to resemble a formula 1 car, the Ramp Car uses the 6.2-liter LS3 V8 that puts out approximately 430 horsepower.
Welded from steel tubes and mounted with massive tires, anyone fooled by its exterior will be surprised to find this car weighs close to 4000 lbs. Top Speed? It's Anyone's guess.
For those of you wondering about the beautiful bright red car driven by Letty in the Fate of the Furious, it is actually a Corvette C2 Sting Ray. This 1965 model came standard with 6.5L big-block V8 feeding 425 horsepower to the independent rear suspension. Although more than 50 years old today, this classic masterpiece should jump from 0-60 in just over 5 seconds.
Dubbed the "Mona Lisa," Han's blue-and-orange Silvia made its debut in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Instead of Silvia's standard factory 2.0L inline 4, this model was fitted with a 2.6L RB26DETT from a Skyline GT-R. Although it was factory-limited to 280 horsepower and 155 mph, like most JDM cars, this famous drift machine could be easily tweaked to produce much more power. No wonder this was Han's favorite car.
While the black-and-grey Impreza WRX STI featured in the sixth installment is fitted with a custom body kit by VeilSide, a famous Japanese tuner shop, the blue one shown in the following movie appears to be completely stock.
Designed as rally cars, the Impreza WRX STI models arrive from the factory already quick, packing a trademark Subaru 2.5L H-4 Engine boasting 265 horsepower. A stock STI will launch to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and easily reach the factory-limited top speed of 155 mph.
After being featured in Fast 2 Furious, the Lancer made a second appearance in the third movie, this time as the updated 2006 Evolution IX. However, this one has been modified as a rear-wheel drive suited for drift scenes in the second movie. Apart from that, the newer model is also quicker.
The same 2-liter MIVEC engine now produces 286 horsepower and launches the car to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds (possibly affected by its rear-wheel drive), but the top speed remains fixed at 155 mph.
If a teenager driving a classic American pony car can dethrone a JDM driver in a drift race through a mountain run he's never been beaten on, then the car has to be truly special, right? Indeed, it is. Featuring a newly installed 2.6 L RB26DETT twin-turbo inline 6 engine from the Nissan Silvia destroyed earlier in the movie, this '67 Mustang was capable of pushing out insane power to the back wheels. The car worked so well it even provoked thought among muscle car owners about using Japanese engines.
What better car to show off the drift culture than Takashi's (Brian Lee) Nissan 350Z. The movie version features a full-body rework by Japanese aftermarket shop VeilSide, including a carbon fiber hood, side skirts, new front, and back bumper, over fenders, and a large rear wing.
The 350Z from the movie is the real thing. Fitted inside the carbon fiber hood is a 24-valve 3.5-liter twin-turbo DOHC V6 providing the driver with up to 460 horses at the push of the gas pedal. Universal Studios unfortunately never released the performance data for this car, but if it beats the stock version by almost 200 horsepower, beating its 155-mph top speed and 5.4-second 0-60 time shouldn't be a problem either.
The 1999 Skyline holds a special place in every true car enthusiast's heart. Driven by Brian O'Conner, the Skyline makes a short but dramatic appearance in the second installment of the franchise, beating 3 cars in a race while jumping off a movable bridge.
Although it is debatable which modifications were made to the version featured in the movie, the Skyline's officially rated 280 horsepower twin-turbo 2.6-liter inline 6 engine equipped with a nitrous system will reach at least 165 mph.
A total of 11 Monte Carlos were used by the production crew in the movie, out of which 2 were fitted with Bill Mitchell big-block V8's: one with a 509-cubic-inch producing 560 hp and the other with a 572-cubic-inch crate engine producing a whopping 700 hp. However, the engine of the Monte Carlo driven by Sean (Lucas Black) in the movie was disguised as a "Hardcore 632" which can be tuned to produce north of 1000 hp.
The 509-cubic-inch Monte Carlo used in the movie is a real menace. The now 48-year old car can rip to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and leap a quarter mile in only 12 seconds, beating most modern supercars. The top speed numbers have never been disclosed, but in the 12 seconds it takes the Monte Carlo to cross a quarter mile, the car is already moving at 118 mph.
Another Fast & Furious car to cement its icon status, the Mazda RX-7 from the franchise's third installment is nothing short of a JDM masterpiece. A crowning jewel of the Wankel rotary engine industry, the Mazda RX-7 Driven by Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) featured a complete body rework by a famed Japanese aftermarket brand VeilSide. Its low-slung, black-and-yellow body kit has made it one of the most memorable Fast and Furious cars today.
As is the case with the rest of its JDM counterparts, the RX-7 comes from the factory already turbocharged, with a purposely limited power output, and produces roughly 280 horsepower. The stock model launches to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, and its high tuning potential leaves no doubt in anyone's mind Han knew what he was doing when he chose this car.
As one of the most iconic cars of The Fast & Furious movie franchise, Brian O'Conner's orange Toyota Supra MK IV has garnered a huge fan base among auto enthusiasts globally.
Although the Supra featured in the movie was not a twin-turbo model, Dom (Vin Diesel) and his gearhead crew easily tweaked its famously tunable 2JZ engine to produce 544 horsepower. The updated Supra went from 0 to 60 in just 4.3 seconds and had a top speed of 185 mph. Equipped with a turbocharger, 100 horsepower nitrous system, and a complete rework of the drivetrain, the iconic bright orange Supra was nothing short of a true "10-second car."
Driven by Tej (Ludacris) in the latest Fast & Furious movie, this AMG turned more than a few heads. A perfect example of a modern supercar, the AMG GT S combines cutting edge technology with a classic-inspired fastback design. Under the trademark massive front hood nestles a 4.0L V8 Biturbo supplying the rear wheels with over 500 horsepower. About as fast as a Mercedes can get, the GT S will do a 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and eventually reach a barrier of 193 mph.
Since 2007, when it was presented at the Tokyo Motor show, the new GT-R had been making headlines for its incredible performance. As with earlier Skylines, Nissan decided to keep this car all-wheel drive and paired it with a 3.8L V6 that lets out a stampede of 530 twin-turbocharged horses. When the power hits all four wheels, the GT-R will catapult off the start line with a ferocity matched only by much more expensive hypercars. It will do a 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 mph.
Equipped with the high-quality Vorsteiner BR9 carbon fiber body kit, Roman's Continental GT is both lighter and more aerodynamic. What the team might have put under the Bentley's hood remains a mystery, but the standard 2010 Continental GT comes from the factory rocket-fast, with a twin-turbocharged 6.0L W12 producing 582 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.
This 5500-lb luxury machine has enough power to do a 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and cut through the wind until it reaches a top speed of 198 mph.
Built to race in NASCAR, the Daytona Charger is fitted with a sharp front bumper and an absolutely massive rear wing that keeps it stable at high speeds. The original Daytona number 88, driven by Buddy Baker, was rated at 425 horsepower and is known as the first NASCAR vehicle to break 200 mph on the track.
For convenience' sake, Fast & Furious picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy fitted this one with GM's 6.2-liter LS3 V8 that was used in many other cars in the movies as well, and its engine is rated at 430 hp.
If this were a contest of acceleration, the Demon would likely be on top. Today, it is widely known as the fastest accelerating production car in the world. Although it leaves anyone foolish enough to race it in its dust, this car is by no means a hypercar; it is 4280 lbs of pure American muscle. Under the hood is a supercharged 6.2L V8 churning out 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque (on special racing gas).
Straight out the factory, the Demon is capable of launching from 0 to 60 in 2.3 seconds, and in the 9.65 seconds that it takes this car to cross a 1/4 mile run finish line, it will be moving at a speed of 140 mph and continue to accelerate until it hits 203 mph.
Han's black Lexus LFA got a brief but memorable cameo in the closing scene of Fast Five. Although its nameplate conjures up images of comfort, luxury, and trademark Toyota reliability, this is definitely NOT a boring family car. This is Japan's answer to European supercars, and it is quick. Nestled inside its carbon fiber body is a powerful but featherlight 4.8L V10 sending 550 horsepower to the back wheels.
Redlining at 9000 rpm, the LFA will scream as it climbs from 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds (with launch control), eventually reaching a top speed of 205 mph. Given it goes around the Nürburgring faster than a Nissan GT-R, this has to be the quickest supercar to ever come out of Japan.
A legend in itself, the Ford GT40 Mark II is known as the first American car to win the tasking 24-hour Le Mans. A well-preserved specimen can easily auction for a million dollars, so understandably, the one used in the movie was not authentic. It was actually a prop created for filming purposes and fitted with a crate motor.
The real ones feature a 7.0-liter V8 that produces roughly 500 horsepower. Its featherlight 2450-lb body enabled it to reach 100 mph in 8 seconds flat and accelerate to the north of 205 mph with ease, over 50 years ago.
Roman’s orange Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 was quite the attention-grabber. Although perhaps not the best choice for ice, the Murcielago’s massive 6.5-liter V12 will allow it to rip the tarmac apart. The car screams as it produces roughly 630 horsepower at 8000 rpm, and does a 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds, eventually claiming a top speed of 211 mph.
The Lykan Hypersport made its debut in 2013 as a custom hypercar produced by W Motors - a company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and its hefty price tag of $3.4 Million is well warranted by the car's incredible performance.
Its modest 3.7-liter flat-six engine builds up to a whopping 780 horsepower which can easily shuttle the car up to 240 mph. With only 3000 lbs in weight, it will go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, allowing it to literally jump buildings, it seems.
As the first mainstream hypercar to eclipse 250 mph, the Veyron's power and speed have been virtually unrivaled by road cars for close to a decade. So, it was no surprise the 2011 model would make an appearance in Furious 7; however, it is NOT the fastest car on this list. Nevertheless, with a quad-turbocharged W16 producing 1001 horses and a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds, the Veyron will still smoke almost any road car to cross its path.
When Koenigsegg decided to create the CCXR, they had one goal in mind - to break records. So, when the car finally hit the market, it featured a surprisingly small 4.8-liter V8 engine supplying a surprisingly big burst of power to the wheels. We're talking 1018 horsepower. This made the CCXR unmatched when it came to power-to-weight ratio. Add to that a top speed that exceeds 250 mph with a 0-60 time of only 2.9 seconds, and even the Veyron was given a run for its money.
Few were left unimpressed by Dom’s pitch-black Pontiac GTX featured in the latest Fast & Furious movie. Conjuring such unseen, brute power, the GTX is seen performing a wheelie at a touch of the gas pedal.
The car in the movie is quoted to possibly have over 2000 horsepower under the hood. And while we can’t provide any hard numbers, the GTX is definitely a worthy mention. However, the number one spot on this list is reserved for a different car.
No, this is not a Bugatti, nor a Koenigsegg. Who would have thought it would actually be a classic muscle car? But this one is different. We've seen Dom's 1970 Charger destroyed and fully rebuilt a total of 4 times throughout the franchise, up until his new, heavily modified 1968 Charger was revealed in Furious 7. And, it is fast. Mind-numbingly fast!
The Charger featured in the film is actually a custom model created by an American aftermarket shop called Nelson Racing Engines, dubbed Dodge Charger Maximus. It packs an enormous 9.4-liter Hemi engine bolstered by two turbochargers producing a whopping 2000 horsepower. With this kind of power going to the back wheels, this monstrosity can perform a wheelie while reaching 60 mph in a mere 2 seconds. On a drag strip, it will cover 1/4 mile in just 8 seconds. Fitted with the MAXIMUS-SB AeroKit, this Charger will reach speeds in excess of 260 mph, making it one of the fastest cars in the world.