“The Fast and the Furious” action films make up one of the most successful franchises of all time, delivering eight films so far with a ninth installment set for release in 2020. We’ve all bonded with the key characters, including Dominic, Jesse, Leon, Vince, and Letty Ortiz, but let’s face it: the cars are also the stars. What are your favorite four-wheeled “Furious” stars?
In no particular order, here are our picks for the best cars from all eight Fast and Furious movies to date:
1. 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR from “Fast Five”
The Koenigsegg CCXR in “Fast Five” was one of the most stunning models ever featured in the franchise, bar none. This 1000-horsepower scream machine is as delicious as it is ferocious, and almost as rare as hen’s teeth – yet both Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) manage to score their own CCXRs in the film.
2. 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution from “2 Fast 2 Furious”
Tiny Mitsubishi is well-represented in the Fast and Furious franchise, with no less than four standout models – but sadly, the automaker today is only a shell of its former self. Maybe that’s why we like the Lancer Evolution (also known as “Evo”) so much.
We can thank “2 Fast 2 Furious” and the “Gran Turismo” game series with convincing Mitsubishi to bring the Evo to the United States in the first place – though enthusiasts know that the featured model was actually the EVO VII with a modified fascia, not the Evo VIII that showed up on our shores after filming was complete. We love that the Evo’s color scheme was a tribute to Paul Walker’s Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T, showcased in the original Fast and Furious movie. Can we hope for a Lancer return timed with the upcoming “Hobbs and Shaw” spinoff, or with the ninth F&F movie?
3. 1987 Buick Regal Grand National from “Fast and Furious 4”
There was a brief period in the 1980s when Buick performance meant something. During that era, GM built a series of “personal luxury” coupes, including the Buick Regal that eventually was outfitted with a turbo option – the Grand National.
Eight tribute copies of the car were modified for “Fast and Furious 4.” This is the car you see Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) driving in the opening heist scene involving a five-trailer (for real?) tanker truck. Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) narrowly avoid getting squished when Dom slips the car underneath a flaming trailer – just before it explodes and tumbles down a cliff. Gosh, I hate when that happens!
4. 1970 Dodge Charger R/T: from “The Fast and the Furious”
Muscle cars are well represented in the Fast and Furious franchise – and why not? The first-generation models from Pontiac, Dodge, Chevrolet, Mercury, Plymouth, AMC, Ford and Olds were the inspiration for today’s Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger. The vehicles we couldn’t afford in our youth have been modernized and are attainable today.
This brings us to the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T featured in the original F&F film. The scene we won’t forget is Dom (driving the Challenger) and Brian (Paul Walker, behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T) drag racing to a train crossing. Of course, an oncoming freight train is barreling down the track as they’re set to cross. Just when the race appears lost, Dom hits the boost button and both cars crash through the railroad crossing gates moments before a likely train wreck. Don’t try this at home, kids!
5. Local Motors Rally Fighter from “The Fate of the Furious”
Yell at us all you want for overlooking several hot models from the eighth movie, including a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Mercedes-AMG GT, and a Bentley Continental, and instead choosing Letty’s Local Motors Rally Fighter as the best car of the movie. Why did we do that?
Well, for the simple reason that in real life the Rally Fighter is a crowdsourced design selected through community votes on the Internet. The vehicle is a cross between a coupe and a dune buggy with spiked tires, a raised suspension, and a bull guard up front, ensuring that Letty keeps up with her new husband, Dom, as they save the world from nuclear annihilation.
6. 2014 Audi R8 from “Furious 7”
You might expect us to focus on the W Motors Lykan HyperSport, a $3.4 million hypercar with real diamonds embedded in the headlights, when naming our favorite car from the seventh F&F film. We love this car, but hate that it was reduced to flight time in the movie.
Instead, our nod here is to the 2014 Audi R8 as it has the qualities of a far more expensive model like the Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio or Pagani Huayra BC, but at a fraction of the price. We like hypercars, but we also like to think we might have the chance of affording something exotic. Enter the Audi R8, which lost in a drag race to Letty’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when its pistons fried and the transmission died.
7. 2000 Nissan Silvia S15 from “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”
As the third movie in the Fast and Furious Franchise was “Tokyo Drift,” a number of hotted-up Japanese models were featured front and center. We won’t mention the 1967 Ford Mustang powered by a Nissan engine for the simple reason that it’s a modification.
Not too far removed from the Mustang is the Nissan Silvia S15, a delicious coupe that battled it out with a Nissan 350Z in a Tokyo parking garage. Naturally, the Silvia won as it drifted to the top with the 350Z hobbling in minutes later. The Silvia has also appeared in subsequent Furious movies, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it shows up in the ninth installment.
8. Ferrari FXX from “Fast and Furious 6”
Anyone else notice that Letty always drives the hottest cars? That’s probably why she and Dom are inseparable. We’re tempted to single out Letty’s Jensen Interceptor, but this Ferrari FXX caught our attention with its all-too-brief appearance at the start of “Fast and Furious 6.”
What we like most about this car is that it wasn’t really an FXX. Instead, it was a Morisco IDR “M Car,” a kit car with Ferrari badging on the front end and sides. Word has it that Ferrari was none too happy with that move and threatened to sue. It may also explain why we haven’t seen a Ferrari in an F&F movie since.
Fast and Furious, take 9
Fast and Furious fans are looking forward to the next release, which will be preceded by the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff in 2019.
As usual, we expect the new film to feature a mix of old, new, and exotic models. What a great way to debut the mid-engine Corvette, an all-new Toyota Supra, or even the Lister Storm supercar. Why not all three? Happily, this franchise lives on with new plot lines, a familiar cast, and a never-ending assortment of truly incredible vehicles.