The Fast & Furious Cars – Which One Floats Your Boat?
The Fast & Furious was a film that ignited a huge wave of interest in street racing all around the world. The plot may not have up there alongside Shakespeare or Salinger, but the action and gorgeous Japanese sports cars was definitely top notch. So far, there have been 5 Fast & Furious motion pictures, and the crazy cars just keep on coming, they never disappoint. This article takes the best of these modern day classics and asks the question – which one is the best of the best?
Dodge Charger R/T
Okay, this is definitely not a Japanese sports car, but it is definitely one of the coolest vehicles in the whole series. The car gets destroyed in the first movie and makes reappearance in the fifth, whereby it is destroyed again. The car is based on a 19070’s classic and has been race tuned to about 900 brake horsepower. It shows a clear contrast between the much smaller modern cars that the film seems to focus on. As well as a vulgar beauty, the charger reminds us that some of the best cars were made in the U.S.A.
Toyota Supra – 1994
This was the car that the undercover cop, played by Paul Walker, used for his race against Vin Diesel’s character in the first film. It uses a Twin Turbo 2JZ-GTE engine fitted with a Stage 3 T4 turbo. The car was won by Diesel’s Dominic Toretto in the race with Walker’s Brian O’ Conner. The engine is retuned and remapped up to a very sweet 544 brake horsepower. The sales of Mark 4 Supras was said to skyrocket after the first movie was release. The power plant is extremely tough and very easy to tune, as are most modern Japanese sports car units.
Nissan Skyline GT-R
The Skyline is probably the most popular of all Asian sports cars, there are many models to choose form and they come with a variety of tuning modification possibilities. The 1999 GT-R used in the F&F series features an inline 6 cylinder block with massive tuning potential. The RB26DETT engine can be tuned to over 1000 brake horse power if you have the time and the budget for this project. It comes in an all-wheel drive format and sticks to the race track like it is on rails. The somewhat bland body styling can be enhanced using one of the many aftermarket styling houses that exist all over the U.S.A.
Another Japanese motorsport icon, the Mazda features in the opening scenes of the first F&F movie. The car itself features the famous Wankel engine that produces a huge amount of power for an engine that is classes as only 1.146 liters in size! The original version features the classic pop-up headlamps and comes in a 2 or 4 seat configuration option. The engine is hugely tuneable, but can be fragile if the proper care is not taken.
So Which One? Let us know in the comments
This is an extremely tough call and a somewhat personal one, the best suggestion is for you to watch all of the movies once more, and then go out and test drive each model – Have Fun!