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It might not be the fastest car in the series, but is there a more iconic car than Vin Diesel’s original Dodge Charger from the first Fast and the Furious movie? The “star car” used for close-ups had a functionally blown Hemi while the other three that were wrecked for stunts used 440 big blocks. Part of what made Dom’s black Charger special is that it stood out amid a sea of brightly colored buzz-boxes. Without a doubt, it's one of the most iconic cars in the history of the franchise and one of the most beloved cars in the history of film.
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1999 Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
Brian O’Connor’s Skyline wasn’t the first Skyline to appear in The Fast and the Furious franchise (that honor belongs to “Big Bird,” the yellow, grey market import R33 that briefly appeared in the original), but the R34 would go on to become the signature ride of Paul Walker’s character.
It showed up in the opening sequence of 2 Fast 2 Furious, and lasted all of ten minutes before it was wrecked. But what a glorious ten minutes it was! If you pay close attention during that sequence, you can actually see the GT-R’s incredible HICAS rear-steering system at work, allowing it to pull off some of the most stunning handling maneuvers ever committed to film. Since then, despite having seen a few Mitsubishis come and go, Brian O’Connor has forever been associated with Nissan and the GT-R badge.
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1995 Toyota Supra Turbo MkIV
If any car from the first movie could lay claim to being legitimate competition for Dom’s Charger, it’s the 2JZ Supra that Paul Walker spent most of the film building. The Turbo Supra was then and remains Japan’s muscle-car king. Wheelies aside, the last race of the movie is pretty plausible as long as you don’t look at the Supra’s rear tires. With a decent set of drag slicks, two stages of nitrous, and some standard engine tuning, this orange sticker vector could probably keep up with Dom’s Charger on its best day. The day of the last race, however, wasn't its best, considering that it threw a rod just before hitting a truck. Still, this Japanese muscle cars broke the stereotype most Americans held about Japanese iron. Or, aluminum, as it were.
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Lucas Black’s Nissan Power Mustang from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift has to make the list, based on nothing but sheer irony. The franchise has always been controversial among gear heads and this car was the most controversial car in the most controversial sequel in the series.
Many were appalled by the fact that the classic Mustang was powered by a Nissan RB26DETT -- the same engine in Brian O’Connor’s R34 Skyline. They couldn’t believe that the series would desecrate the great American muscle car with a six cylinder and turn it into a “drift car.” That was the party line for a while until a few party-pooping history buffs pointed out that the vast majority of classic Mustangs came with inline-six engines. And Ford always marketed them as sporty, nimble handling machines. It was only later that Mustangs were adapted into fire-breathing V-8 muscle cars. So, in reality, this supposed “abomination” was a lot closer in spirit and engineering to the original Mustang than most “real” Mustangs on the road today.
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Tyrese’s Challenger R/T from 2 Fast 2 Furious is one of many brutal Mopars to appear in the series. Alongside the equally awesome Yenko Camaro in the same movie, the orange Challenger gets higher billing simply because it started one of the funniest recurring gags of the entire series: Tyrese’s deadpan expressions after he gets played. Classic.
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2013 W Motors Lykan HyperSport
A big part of my soul wants to write this car from Furious 7 off as just vulgar, overpriced, European trash. And you could make a pretty good case for that, considering the fact that a good chunk of this Lebanese Lykan’s $3.4 million price tag comes from the 420 fifteen-carat diamonds in its headlights. Yes, real diamonds. In the headlights. Manufacturer W Motors also offers an interior combination of sapphires and diamonds. Somehow, the fact that it’s got 720 horsepower from a RUF-tuned Porsche flat six, a 2.8-second 0 to 60 time, and 239 mph top speed doesn’t help.
All that said: The Lykan is provocatively gorgeous, especially in red. Then again, Nero probably would have said the same thing of Rome burning.
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2000 Acura NSX
The “Acura” NSX, as we Americans would call it, has shown up in most of the films in the franchise, but it got the most screen time as Mia’s ride in the fourth and fifth installments. This, along with Dom’s Charger, O’Connor’s GT-R, and Jesse’s Jetta, stands out as probably one of the best examples of car character casting in history. Beautiful, delicate, sophisticated, and surprisingly capable, the NSX has long played a kind of supporting role in the supercar world. It’s one of those cars that stands out (when it chooses to) for its inner beauty above all else. The NSX doesn’t need a bunch of flashy trinkets to make its presence known.
But make no mistake. When things get real, the NSX is plenty capable of being a badass. Just like Jordana Brewster’s character.
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The 1969 Yenko Camara from 2 Fast 2 Furious is known as the Camaro of Camaros. The Yenko never played, especially while using Chevrolet’s secret COPO program to sneak L-72 427 equipped out the back door and into his dealership. At 5.4 seconds to 60 mph and 13.5 in the quarter, the Yenko really earned the “supercar” moniker Don Yenko gave it (the first recorded use of the term, incidentally).
In the real world, this “supercar” probably would have had its lunch eaten in a drag race with O’Connor’s nitrous EVO VII. Even a bone stock EVO VII runs mid 13s. A straight race with a 427 Yenko would have been an easy walk. But who cares, really? This Yenko still looks infinitely cooler in the rear-view mirror than any EVO’s taillights ever will.
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2010 Koenigsegg CCX-R
Koenigsegg itself is a come-from-nothing success, an underdog who beat the odds on sheer skill and audacity. The CCX-R from FastFive is a 1,000-horsepower beast that theoretically helps to save the planet by running on ethanol. So maybe it’s appropriate that Roman Pierce bought “the only one in the Western hemisphere” after his epic heist. And odds are good he was telling the truth, since there are only four CCX-Rs in existence.
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As the first non-Civic depicted in the entire series, Paul Walker’s original lime green 1995 Eclipse has certainly earned a special place in our hearts. Brian O’Connor’s Bomex-equipped GS (sadly, not GSX or even GS-T) practically created the modern body kit industry in the United States. A true credit to the Eclipse name. On the other end of the spectrum was Tyrese’s hilariously awful Spyder. Sorry, Mitsubishi, but all the product placement in the world won’t convince us that the third-gen Eclipse wasn’t a terrible car.
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Some people might remember this car from Fast & Furious (4) as the 1973 Camaro that did a wheelie in the desert. Other people won’t remember it at all, since it was barely in the movie. But the F-Bomb Camaro deserves to be in this list in part because it’s (sort of) a real car and probably the fastest car ever depicted in the series, but mostly because it belongs to legendary Hot Rod editor-in-chief David Freiburger. He of the Sandals and Socks was almost single-handedly responsible for salvaging Car Craft, Hot Rod, and pretty much the entire hot-rodding magazine industry along with them. For that reason alone, his car and its brief cameo deserve to be included here. Well, for that, and the fact that it makes 1,500 horsepower and it would probably nuke every other car in the series.
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The Mazda RX-7 FD is one of a few cars to show up in the series twice, but it’s the FD’s appearance as Dom’s first car in the first movie that many will remember. Although Mazda’s incredible rotary was shown a bit out of its element in the drag race scenes, it’s always been known as one of the best-handling cars ever produced. Shame we only got to see it turn two corners before Dom parked it. Of course, that might have been for the best, considering how likely RX-7s are to fall apart when pushed to the limit. Oh well, at least we got to see some great footage of it drifting during the second appearance.
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Gran Turismo and 2 Fast 2 Furious were responsible for introducing the EVO to America. For years, enthusiasts had been begging Mitsubishi to bring the EVO to America, which they did in 2003 with the EVO VIII. However, the EVO VIII wasn’t available at the time of filming, so they used an earlier EVO VII with a different front fascia. Technically, all but one of the cars used in the movie were just Lancers made up to look like the real thing, but at least one of them was a legit left-hand-drive EVO imported from Europe. Its color scheme, body kit and overall look were a deliberate nod to Walker’s original Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T in the first movie.
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2006 Astin Martin
While it’s generally true that any Aston Martin of recent years is worth mentioning, that's especially the case with the DB9 from Fast & Furious. In suede black, with gloss black trim and wheels, this DB9 looks like the car James Bond would drive if he suddenly decided to switch sides and join Dr. No. An almost identical Aston Martin became Jason Statham’s villain car in Furious 7.
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2014 Audi R8
The Audi R8 from Furious 7 possesses qualities from both a Veyron and a Lamborghini Hurican, at a tenth and half the price, respectively. And unlike either of those overpriced machines, the Audi has a legit racing pedigree at LeMans and on the GT3 racing circuit. No, it doesn't have the power of its Lamborghini sibling in stock form, but it does use a slightly detuned version of the same V-10 engine. A comparatively bargain priced European supercar that won’t get you laughed at around grown-ups.
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1987 Buick GNX
The appearance of the king of all turbo Buicks (only 547 were made) from Fast & Furious was a welcome addition to a pretty fantastic hijacking scene. And it looks extra sinister with those black NASCAR steel wheels, which look like they were lifted straight from Lucas Black’s Monte Carlo. The Buick’s appearance here isn’t as weird as you might think. The Turbo Buick and Supra guys have been going at each other for years. There’s even an annual event in Las Vegas where these turbo-six rivals meet to pummel each other, year after year. Head on over there if you ever want to hear some of the best smack-talking on Earth.
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2000 Nissan Silvia S15
The Nissan Silvia was known as the “Mustang of Japan” and its most notable appearance was as “Mona Lisa,” Han’s magnum opus and the second car Lucas Black destroys in the first half hour of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. However, the Silvia has appeared throughout the franchise. In the very first movie, Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty made her first appearance pulling into Toretto’s Market and stepping out of a red S14 Silvia. Okay, technically, it was a crappy American-spec 1997 240SX made up to look like a Silvia, but we can suspend disbelief on this one. It’s an SR20 away from being legit. A few 240SX’s disguised as Silvias showed up throughout Fast & Furious and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
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2003 Mitsubishi "Drift" EVO
Generally, I’m doing my best to avoid repeating models on this list, but the red EVO Lucas Black “drove” in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift has to be mentioned. It was a purpose-built, rear-drive drift machine, and its few scenes contained some of the best un-cut and un-CGI-enhanced drifting of the entire movie. Also, the EVO was helmed by Japan’s real-life drift king, Keiichi Tsuchiya. You can’t see him in the car, but you can see him as the fisherman in the blue jacket who smirks as Lucas Black’s character spins out attempting to drift the EVO. That footage, by the way, was originally an outtake of Keiichi himself in one of his rare drift fails.
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2011 Bugatti Veyron
Would this list be complete without “The World’s Fastest Volkswagen”? You know, a couple of years ago I might have been inclined to write off the Veyron from Furious 7 as “overpriced hyper trash.” These days, though, having peered into the diamond-crusted eyes of the Lykan, Bugatti’s Veyron starts looking like the Audi S4 of million-dollar hyper cars: subtle, understated and tastefully restrained.
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2012 Lexus LF-A
Han’s got good taste in cars. Admittedly, part of what made the Lexus LF-A’s brief appearance at the end of Fast Five special was the context. After Han said he was “thinking of checking out Tokyo,” it kind of implies that the LF-A would be his “last ride” in the series. It wasn’t, but even if it were, we should all be so lucky.