With the new Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw hitting theaters on August 2nd, we thought a list of the best Fast and Furious cars was overdue. There’s a car for every car lover in the Fast and Furious which is why we didn’t list the cars in any specific order but listed every car we couldn’t get out of our heads after binge-watching the entire series.
Which cars made the cut? Roll up to the red line and let’s take a ride through the top 20 Fast and Furious cars.
Dodge Charger is Dom Toretto’s middle name. Throughout all the Fast and Furious movies, Toretto is known for his affinity to American muscle. The 1970 Dodge Charger R/T appearing in the first Fast and Furious was hand-built by Toretto and his father in their garage. Toretto’s father was killed in a stock race using the vehicle and Dom refused to drive the car out of fear. Known for the famous Fast and Furious wheelie, the Dodge Charger R/T set the standard for Chargers featured in the sequels.
The real Dodge Daytona Chargers were only produced during 1969 and 1970, the Dodge Daytona in Fast and the Furious is not exactly what it seems. The entire front end was made from fiberglass by Dennis McCarthy to give this Charger the Daytona look. Dom drives this vehicle twice in Fast and Furious 6: once while street racing with Letty and another time in the tank chase where the car meets its untimely end. It’s a good thing it was a replica, right?
The Plymouth Road Runner has made an appearance in four of the Fast and Furious movies, but it serves as more than just a car. The Plymouth Road Runner furthers the storyline in Tokyo Drift as you see the movie shift from Dom Toretto to Sean Boswell as he goes to race against Takashi in Japan. Dom, at the end of Tokyo Drift tells Boswell he won the car from Han, Sean’s mentor from Tokyo Drift. The Plymouth sees a full circle ending when Dom brings Han’s body back for a proper funeral in Furious 7. Dom brings the Plymouth back to race Boswell as its final goodbye.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is the first car Brian O’Conner drives in the original Fast and Furious. This Mitsubishi Eclipse is an ode to foreign-made cars, which gave Fast and Furious a good set up for the classic American vs. Japanese contest in Tokyo Drift. The Eclipse is most likely the car you think about when you think of Brian O’Conner as it introduced his character and ended in an explosion due to bullet holes. If that doesn’t scream Fast and Furious, we don’t know what does.
Nissan Skyline GT-Rs are seen throughout the series, but the 1971 model makes its appearance in Fast Five. Brian O’Conner buys his first Nissan Skyline in 2 Fast 2 Furious to avoid getting caught by the police, so the ‘71 Skyline GT-R in Fast Five gives a nod to its original feature.
Mitsubishi has Fast and Furious to thank for the popularity of the Lancer, as the franchise took this car and turned it into one of the most popular vehicles at the time. The Lancer made an appearance in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift, but the 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer was part of an FBI sting that Roman and Brian took on to bring down Carter Verone. The duo found out it was bugged and eventually changed vehicles after a street race to avoid being tracked.
Twinkie, A.K.A. BowWow, comes to life in Tokyo Drift in his VW Hulk Smash Touran. With a mean green attitude in a small body style, the Volkswagen Touran is truly a work of art complete with Hulk Smash molding, subwoofers, and TV monitors. The car from the movie now sits in front of the Hulk-themed rollercoaster at Universal Studios.
Though the Mazda RX-7 is a discontinued model today, it found its way onto the set of the first three Fast and Furious movies. With a 1146 cc twin-rotor Wankel rotary engine and a front-midship, rear-wheel drivetrain, this car was the perfect choice for street racing. Both Letty and Dom drive a Mazda RX-7 in the first movie during the ultimate street racing event, Race Wars.
The 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo was Brian’s repayment to Dom after the Mitsubishi Eclipse exploded the night before. Since Brian works for the FBI, he asks them to replace the car that exploded. They came back and gave him the rusted junkyard Supra Turbo since they were already over budget on the mission. Dom’s garage gang and Brian work to restore the car for about $20,000 to bring it to its final state. Later the Toyota Supra Turbo makes an appearance as Brian’s last ride in Furious 7.
Tokyo Drift’s 1971 Monte Carlo belongs to Sean Boswell who challenges a jock’s knowledge on his own Dodge Viper. The jock, in turn, throws a baseball through the back windshield which leads to a street race over who gets the jock’s girlfriend. The race ends bleakly when both cars are totaled, and Boswell is arrested.
What’s a Fast and Furious movie without a stolen car? The ‘66 Corvette Grand Sport Sting Ray was featured in the original Fast and Furious. This car was stolen from a train by Mia Toretto, Dom’s sister, as Dom and Brian fight off Zizi, a criminal stealing the car for his boss. Once in their hands, the car flies off the side of a cliff as the gang makes a narrow escape.
Another great purchase from Tej’s auctioneering days, the ‘68 Ford Escort isn’t the Ford Escort you see here in the U.S. The Fast and Furious Escort is easily remembered as the car that saved Roman’s life from the hands of Owen Shaw’s military tank.
The Koenigsegg is one of the cars in the Fast and Furious movies you may vaguely remember, but it’s one car that Roman and Tej share…kind of. Roman finds himself outside of Tej’s garage with “the one and only” Koenigsegg in the western hemisphere, when Tej surprises him with one of his own. There’s two Koenigseggs in the West now, cowboys.
The 1969 Yenko Camaro makes brief appearances as a vehicle in 2 Fast 2 Furious, but its real performance (or lack thereof) is what lands it in the hands of Brian and Roman as they sought out new transportation during their mission to take down Verone. Nothing like a good street win, right?
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli belongs to Deckard Shaw in Furious 7. Dom Toretto and the audience sees the car for the first time at Han’s funeral where Dom goes after the car thinking that Han’s killer is the driver. Dom hops in his Plymouth Road Runner and chases the Maserati through the streets where, eventually, Toretto and Shaw collide head-on.
The Ferrari 360 Spyder was a minor vehicle in the series that was home to a “very valuable” package. In 2 Fast 2 Furious, Carter Verone, a notorious criminal the FBI is after, requires all his drivers to pass a test. The test is to break into his boatyard and steal a package from his Ferrari 360 Spyder. Brian and Roman complete the task only to find out the package is a cigar.
The most (ridiculous) expensive car in the Fast and Furious series is the Lykan HyperSport. Toretto and O’Conner hop in the HyperSport to make their great escape. Only it ends in an outrageously classic stunt Fast and Furious is known for: Toretto jumps from skyscraper to skyscraper in Furious 7 with it to avoid a deathly confrontation with Deckard Shaw. Good thing it comes with a price tag of $3.4 million. the Lykan HyperSport is one of the first Arabian sportscars ever made. With 24K gold inside the headlights, the price tag makes sense, but just like many of the Fast and Furious cars, it ends up in pieces.
The Gurkha LAPV is a Canadian-manufactured police vehicle that introduced Hobbs, a new character for the franchise. Everything about Gurkha feels like Hobbs, impenetrable and rough around the edges. This vehicle was driven by Hobbs and his police team to chase after the Fast and Furious Family in Rio.
In Fast & Furious 6, Hobbs’ main mode of transportation is the Navistar MXT. Hobbs uses the Navistar to chase after Shaw, his notorious archenemy, in London and eventually ditches the truck entirely to jump onto Shaw’s Flip Car.
We haven’t seen the McLaren 720S in theaters yet, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been looking forward to seeing it in big lights. The McLaren 720S will be Shaw’s car of choice in the new movie Hobbs and Shaw. The 2019 McLaren has a 4.0 L V8 engine with 710 horsepower. Will the Hobbs and Shaw edition of the 720S be capable of even more? There’s only one way to find out. Check out Hobbs and Shaw in theaters, then come back and let us know what you think.
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