The Fast and Furious franchise is not only one of the most successful franchises of all time, but one of the first franchises gearheads can truly call their own. At its core, the films are action flicks, but there are some very real driving and stunts going on behind the scenes. To date, the franchise has grossed $5.13 billion at the box office, making it the sixth most successful franchise of all time. When the ninth movie comes out soon (known as Hobbs and Shaw, the spin-off), it’ll probably pass the Lord of the Rings at fifth place.
Each film is filled with awesome cars. When the first Fast and Furious film came out in 2001, the neon lights and JDM mods were all the rage. Now, the cars have gotten a little higher-end, but less showy for the most part (the latest movie did feature a tank, however!). Paul Walker was actually responsible for handpicking many of the cars featured in the films, while he still lived because he himself was a racer.
So you know going into one of these films, you're going to see some high-octane stuff, and not just from the actors. The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T and 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R are almost as famous as the characters who drive them! The cars in these films truly become characters, and when they inevitably crash or end up totaled, the viewer is made to feel a certain sadness at the loss. If there’s anything the F&F franchise portrays well, it’s the connection a driver feels with his or her car.
Here's how much 15 of those cars cost, complete with lists of their modifications.
15 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 – $89,310
The ’99 Nissan Skyline in The Fast and Furious franchise, driven by Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner, was actually owned by Walker himself. Besides Vin Diesel’s ’70 Charger, it’s arguably the most popular car in the franchise. In 2 Fast 2 Furious, Brian purchases the car after having his ’91 Dodge Stealth impounded.
In 1999, the car was expensive, at $69,759, but the team went through $20,000 of mods to make it even better, including a West/Motorex Body kit and Flexivity rear wing ($695), K&N Ram Air system ($296), HKS Titanium Exhaust ($1,145), and Turbonetic Intercooler ($513). It also used high-end HRE 446 wheels ($7,600) with Toyo 275/30ZR-19 tires ($912), JIC Magic shocks ($1,350), Goldline springs ($287), StopTech brakes ($2,695), and more.
14 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse - $33,834
Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) drove this lime neon green Eclipse in the first Fast and Furious film. This car was customized and manufactured by Mitsubishi and Diamond-Star Motors. Brian uses the car in his first street race to win the favor of Dominic Toretto. A 1995 Eclipse cost $23,041 back then, and $10,000 of customizations went into this one.
Those mods include: RoboCar Armor Eclipse body kit ($380), APR two-level GT2 style wing ($805), carbon-fiber race mirrors ($300), 1997-spec Eclipse headlights ($160), Sparco racing seats ($800), Greddy temperature and turbo gauges ($272 and $456), dual NOS tanks ($1,075), a built-in video monitor ($2,600), an alloy shift knob ($45) and drilled alloy racing pedals ($40). Finally, it used SE7EN 18-inch wheels by Axis Sport Tuning ($2,980), and Toyo 225/40/ZR18 tires ($860).
13 1970 Dodge Charger R/T - $41,663
Dominic Toretto’s most memorable car is undoubtedly his 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, and it’s probably the most popular car in the franchise. Since Paul Walker passed away, Vin Diesel has become the face of Fast and Furious, and one of its showrunners. A 1970 Charger only cost $3,100 back then, but when adjusted for 2019 inflation, that equals $22,100. Almost $20,000 of mods went into this beast.
Those mods include a nitrous oxide kit ($385), stainless steel mesh grille ($195), a full roll cage ($1,623), a Grant steering wheel ($200), AutoMeter instruments ($510). The most expensive mods were the heavy-duty big brake kit ($3,200), the GM 5.7-liter OHV engine ($1,850) paired with a GM Turbohydramatic 400 three-speed transmission ($1,601), and the BDS 8-71 blowers and electronic fuel-injection supercharger system ($6,405).
12 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback - $40,893
This awesome ’67 Ford Mustang Fastback was driven by Major Sean Boswell (Brian Goodman) in The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, who found it on an army base, and uses it to challenge the drift king, Takashi, to a race. In 1967 the car MSRP’d at $2,698, which is $20,359 in today’s money, and more than $20,000 went into customizing this Fastback.
Its most expensive addition was the 2.6-liter twin-turbo I6 Cam 24 Valve Skyline GT-R engine with an Earl’s Performance steel braided line and BeCool aluminum radiator ($9,390). Also, the JDM Volk GT-7 wheels, which are discontinued ($7,600), and the Toyo Proxes T1R tires ($800). Smaller mods include the Global West control arms ($650), front coilovers ($631), KYB rear shocks ($118), Wilwood disc brakes ($695) and the Shelby-style B-pillar scoops ($260).
11 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD - $70,449
Dominic Toretto drove this red 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD in the race with Brian O’Conner, Danny, and Edwin in the first Fast and Furious film. Dominic beats Brian’s Mitsubishi Eclipse easily in the race after his own nitrous tank overpowers Brian’s. The RX-7 FD cost $32,900 new in the early ‘90s, and this one had some of the most expensive modifications around, almost $38,000 worth.
The main and most expensive modification came from the VeilSide USA Aero body kit, a complete kit costing $23,540 that transformed the car. It also used an RX-7 GT rear wing ($959), and super expensive and rare VeilSide rims ($10,400), a full roll cage ($500) and a huge four-bottle NOS system ($2,150).
10 2001 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S - $66,979
Another expensively modified car was the 2001 Nissan Silvia S15 from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, also known as “Mona Lisa.” It serves as Han Seoul-Oh’s (Sun Kang) car—the main character—who allows Sean Boswell to use it in a race against Takashi. The car cost $40,990 new and $26,000 of modifications went into it.
It has the same turbocharged Skyline GT-R straight six engine with Earl’s Performance steel braided line as the ’93 RX-7 ($8,210). Also, a C-West body kit ($2,390), GT rear wing ($680), and Ganador mirrors ($2,500); Racing Cells fuel cell ($745), Recaro seats ($1,500), and Takata seat belts ($353); Sparco steering wheel ($226), AutoMeter gauges ($150) and a blue NOS bottle system ($385). Finally, $7,600 Volk Racing GT-7 #0355 19x8.5” and 19x9.5” wheels, and $800 Toyo tires.
9 1994 Toyota Supra MKIV - $52,930
The Toyota Supra MKIV is a car discontinued by Toyota that was used in multiple F&F films: the 1994 version in the first film, a 1993 in 2 Fast 2 Furious, a 1999 in Fast Five and a 1995 in Furious 7. In the first film, this neon orange car was driven by Brian O’Conner. It cost $42,800 new and had $10,000 worth of mods.
Some of those mods are the Turbonetics T-66 ball-bearing turbocharger ($1,222), Turbonetics Delta II wastegate ($130), and RPS custom header ($275). The 100-hp NOS system ($415), AEBS turbo downpipe ($215), GReddy Power Extreme exhaust ($1,035), Pro-Fec B boost controller ($408). It used M5Tuners 19” rims ($3,200) and Eibach coilover suspension ($2,100) and a Lamborghini Diablo candy pearl orange paint job ($390).
8 1968 Ford Escort MKI - $40,120
The average value of a 1968 Ford Escort is only $17,050, but this one is worth more than double that, with $23,000 worth of modifications inside and out. This little blue car was driven by Brian O’Conner in Fast & Furious 6 after being purchased by Tej Parker (Ludacris) at a car auction in London.
It used a custom 638 Lingenfelter Ford Big Block engine ($20,975), which is where most of the modification money went. Also, K&N Cold Air intake ($315), custom rally lights ($340), Wheeler 8-spoke wheels (13x7-inches—very small, $600) and a full roll cage ($450). It’s finished with a DuPont bright blue and white striped paintjob ($390).
7 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII - $38,802
The 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII didn’t need too many modifications to make it rally ready, because it was already pretty awesome. This lime-green Evo costs $29,995 new, had about $8,000 of modifications put into it, and was used by Brian O’Conner and Tej Parker in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Brian uses the car after Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) claims the car he wanted: a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS.
Some of the mods include a DAMD body kit and ARC rear wing ($2,084), NOS wet nitrous system ($1,075), 9-point roll cage ($468) and RMR exhaust system ($650). It ran on Motegi Racing FF5 19-inch wheels ($3,200), Toyo tires ($800), and was colored lime green by House of Kolor ($530).
6 1969 Dodge Daytona - $65,770
The Dodge Charger Daytona was only produced in 1969, with some overlay in 1970, making it a pretty rare car. As such, its $5,903 MSRP in 1969 is now worth about $40,500, and $25,000 of mods went into souping this one up. It’s first seen when Tej Parker and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) visit a car auction in Fast & Furious 6.
The big mods for this one are the GM 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine ($7,362)—which produces 500 hp—and the 500-hp NOS supercharger kit ($8,495) and Big Shot system ($1,075). It also used a NOS carbureted plate system ($1,057), had a 9-point roll cage ($308), Custom Mag wheels ($5,600) and Michelin tires ($1,000). It’s finished with a DuPont candy red and black base paint ($390).
5 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - $44,792
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is one of the most popular cars to mod, and as such, it was shown in a bunch of F&F films: the first film (featuring this 2009), Fast Five (a 2011), Furious 7 (a 2012), and The Fate of the Furious (a 2015). This first one was driven by Brian O’Conner and Dominic Toretto. It already cost $38,795, and the $6,000 of mods bump it up to $44,792.
Those mods include a VeilSide body kit ($2,697 with a front bumper spoiler, side skirt, rear bumper spoiler, and rear wing), Remus headers ($665), Cobb exhaust pipes ($1,295) and a Remus muffler ($420). It ran on Enkei 18-inch rims ($920).
4 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX - $44,157
As the films gained prominence over the years, so did the cars. This Evo IX played a major role in Tokyo Drift after 2 Fast 2 Furious featured a 2002 Evo VII. The Evo IX was given to Sean Boswell by Han Seoul-Oh after Boswell totals Han’s Nissan Silvia during a drift race against Takashi. It costs $35,775 new and had $9,000 worth of mods installed.
Some of those are the RMR air intake system ($150) and downpipe ($250), the APR body kit ($3,995) and rear wing ($805), and the Ray’s Wheels G-Games 19-inch wheels ($1,988) and Toyo Proxes T1R tires ($664). The final touch was a House of Kolor red paint job with black graphics ($530).
3 2001 Honda S2000 - $59,735
One of the cars with the most expensive mods list is this Honda S2000, which was featured in the first two films. This hot pink 2001 model from the second film was driven by Suki (Devon Aoki), and made quite a statement. Suki drives it during the race hosted by Tej Parker, where she beats Orange Julius (Amaury Nolasco) over a drawbridge jump. The car started at $32,300 and had $13,000 of mods put in.
The first big mod installation was the 2-liter DOHC inline-4 engine, with a Comptech supercharger ($5,495 for the supercharger alone). It had a VeilSide Millennium body kit ($4,321), and a west nitrous kit for a V6 Honda ($1,075), as well as Motegi Racing 18-inch rims ($700) and Toyo tires ($800). It had a House of Kolor hot pink paint job ($530).
2 2000 Honda S2000 - $59,735
The first Honda S2000 in the films is driven by Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) in The Fast and the Furious. This black S2000 was first spotted in Tran’s garage when Brian, Dom, and Vince break in to check out their vehicles. There they notice the car lacks an engine, but not for long. This car, which started at $32,000 in 2000, has some of the most expensive mods on this list—$27,000 worth—though there's only a couple. The only mods mentioned are the $23,540 full VeilSide body kit and the Nissan SR20DET engine ($4,195)—because the car obviously wouldn’t beat anyone without an engine!
1 1969 Yenko Camaro SYC - $225,968
The most expensive car on this mods list isn’t the most expensive because of its customizations: it only had about $5,000 worth of mods done to it; it’s expensive because of its scarcity. The rare, vintage Yenko Camaro, which once started at just $15,000 (in modern money), is now worth between $150,000 and $350,000, because only so few exist (it was only built for two years) before Chevrolet took over.
This Camaro was used by Brian O'Connor and Korpi (John Cenatiempo) in 2 Fast 2 Furious. It used a 7.0-liter V8 replica engine that maintained a steady 425 hp. It had the Yenko performance package and Z/28 suspension ($4,310), an 8-point roll cage (225) and Cragar S/S rims (15-inchers, $1,092).
References: fastandfurious.fandom.com, thebelieve-facts.blogspot.com, complex.com