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26 Sep 2016

It’s Fast & Furious week here at BOTB, so Tim Oldland chooses his favourite cars from the F&F movies…

When the Fast & Furious films first came out they were universally mocked, but a cult following grew and they refused to die with the 7th film coming out last year. With the sad death of Paul Walker we all thought that would be the end of it, but it appears that’s not the case with another 3 on their way. We’re discounting our favourite Fast & Furious cars this week here on BOTB, so let’s get on with choosing my favourite F&F cars from the films…

5 – 1987 Buick Grand National GNX – Fast & Furious

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99% of people will think that the GNX is just another boxy American car, one of millions that roam the US on a daily basis. But if you’re a petrolhead you notice a few things that pique your interest, like the low ride height, the steel wheels, the tyre writing and the fully blacked out look. This was a muscle car for the new eco era of the 80s and featured handling tuned by McLaren. It had a 300bhp turbocharged V6 and a positively naughty exhaust note which made it quite popular though it was very expensive at the time (no doubt thanks to McLaren’s input). It was an unusual choice for the fourth F&F movie but was well received and has done wonders for GNX values!

4 – 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback – Tokyo Drift

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We all love a Mustang, it’s one of the most well-known performance car icons of all time, so there was a lot of excitement when we saw that one was going to be in a F&F movie. It’s the best shape too – the ’67 Fastback, but being that it was in Tokyo Drift they couldn’t just have it standard so they did something seriously cool that made purists spit out their coffee. Yep, they got rid of the big ol’ Amercian V8 and replaced it with the incredible twin turbo straight-six engine from the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. What they created was a super-cool looking muscle car with the raspy, exhaust-popping, crazy revving, turbo-whooshing engine that made a whole generation fall in love with Gran Turismo on the Playstation, and I love it.

3 – 1993 Mazda RX-7 Veilside – The Fast & the Furious

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I need to be specific here – this is the red RX-7 from the first F&F film, not the orange one from Tokyo Drift. That was also a Veilside car, but they completely changed the bodywork for that bodykit and almost completely lost everything that was beautiful about the RX-7’s shape. This red ’93 model has the standard F&F additions like a massive wing, bling wheels and many many graphics, but it still looks as good as a standard RX-7. Of course it also gets ‘NOS’ (Nitrous Oxide Injection) for the engine and about 38 forward gears if you believe the film, not to mention it seems to have a rotary engine with normal pistons, as the fancy graphic shows when it follows the car through to the engine internals. But I’ll forgive them that because it looks so damn cool.

2 – 1995 Toyota Supra Turbo – The Fast & the Furious

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‘You owe me a 10-second car’ says Vin Diesel, and the result after much hard work is this iconic Toyota Supra. With the strange choice of the Targa Top as a base, this is the car that spawned a thousand replicas, starting off with the orange paint, adding an enormous carbon rear wing and other aero parts, and the massive graphics down the side, before sticking a gargantuan turbo onto the Supra’s 3.0 litre straight six engine to give what was rumoured to be around 600bhp. This was one of the very cool things about the cars in these films – as a rule they weren’t props – they were all properly tuned, high performance cars.

1 – 1970 Dodge Charger – The Fast & the Furious, Fast & Furious

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Brian: “So what’s your best time?”
Dom: “I’ve never driven her”
Brian: “Why not?”
Dom: “She scares the s**t outta me”
That’s the epic scene where we first meet Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger in The Fast and the Furious (along with the brilliant “I live my life a quarter mile at a time” quote) and it’s sitting in the garage with half a tonne of chromed metal sticking through the bonnet, looking ridiculously awesome. This ‘charged big block V8 had a staggering 900bhp and was a pure drag car, meaning it even did a wheelie in the final scene. The Dodge Charger is always going to be a cool car, but when you put in in the context of the F&F films which had a serious lean towards Japanese metal, it stood out even more as a seriously cool motor.

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