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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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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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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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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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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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