Are these the best cars to appear in the Fast and Furious franchise? We reckon so…
The Fast and Furious franchise has been one of the most successful series of films ever to grace cinema screens, having generated around $6 billion in ticket sales since the first instalment was released in 2001.
With the ninth and most recent film – F9 – hitting cinemas in 2021 after a series of Covid-19-related delays, the 10th movie – Fast X – is in production, while a further as-yet-untitled sequel is already in development.
The F&F franchise was fundamental in accelerating the careers of both Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, but the cars have always been at least as big a draw as the actors. Here we detail 10 of our favourite vehicles in a highly (un)scientific analysis.
1. Suki’s Honda S2000 (2 Fast 2 Furious)
Ok so Suki’s Honda S2000 of 2 Fast 2 Furious fame isn’t exactly the most famous hero car of the Fast and Furious franchise, but it’s easily the best. We’re not open to arguments here — winning’s winning.
First of all, it’s the most eye-catching of any car to appear in the film’s iconic opening race scene — just look at how on-point the pink colour matching is for the exterior, interior and even to Suki’s outfit.
Then there’s the fact it managed to jump a drawbridge, land in a manner that ripped half the front end off and kept on going as if nothing happened. If that doesn’t sum up the franchise, then we don’t know what does.
Oh and finally, pink nitrous flames. Did we mention it’s pink?
2. Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R (2 Fast 2 Furious)
Though beaten in this list by Suki’s S2000, Brian’s Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R does literally beat it on the street. Not to mention that perhaps aside from the next car on this list, it’s one of the most recognisable cars to feature in a Fast and Furious movie.
It’s also the hero of the little-known interlude ‘Turbo-Charged Prelude’ that links the first two films in the Fast franchise too, thus playing a key role in Brian O’Connor’s character development. We’re still a little heartbroken that it met its maker via an EMP harpoon, however…
3. Toyota Supra (The Fast and the Furious)
This Mk4 Toyota Supra is THE 10-second car, the one that seals the bond between Brian and Dom at the end of the original film — the Fast and The Furious.
Without it, there’d be no family, no Brazilian bank heists and certainly no overnight parts from Japan.
A lesser-known fact about the Supra from the first film is that the very same car was redressed and used as Slap Jack’s car in the sequel — another victim to the unstoppable force that is Suki’s S2000.
4. Dodge ‘Ice Charger’ (Fast and Furious 8)
Dom Toretto and Dodge Chargers are like Laurel and Hardy, a fresh Mexican beer with your street racing criminal family, a tuna sandwich with no crusts, Suki and a pink S2000… (You get the picture.)
Vin Diesel’s iconic character has driven a fair few versions of the iconic muscle car, though none more extreme than the one that appears in Fast and Furious 8.
For a start, its V8 is mid-engined, and the car itself gets a massive overhaul to be driven on ice. Oh, and it has a giant EMP equipped, obviously.
5. Gurkha LAPV (Fast Five)
If you’re putting Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson into a film with origins in street racing, you can’t exactly shoehorn him into a tuned-up Japanese hatchback. Though we’d love to have seen him in Suki’s S2000, the producers of Fast Five had something roomier in mind for the man who holds 10 WWE championships.
Seems like the Gurkha LAPV is the right fit, then. This V8-powered monster weighs about 7,500kg and is more akin to an armoured troop carrier than a car. We only see it briefly smashing through Rio streets, but there’s no denying its presence is impactful.
6. Veilside Mazda RX-7 Fortune (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Tokyo Drift may be one of the lesser-loved entrants into the Fast and Furious franchise, but it spawned one of the most iconic cars of the whole series.
This is no ordinary FD Mazda RX-7, as you can probably tell at a glance. You can actually order one like this from Japanese tuning company Veilside (also responsible for Suki’s S2000), which brands it the ‘Fortune’ kit.
It might look stunning in its iconic black and orange livery, but this RX-7 meets a very unfortunate end (spoiler alert) that sees its driver, the superbly named Han Seoul-Oh, exit the franchise – for a few films, at least…
7. Ford Escort RS1600 (Fast & Furious 6)
A Ford Escort RS1600 is definitely more associated with rallying than illegal street racing, but an RS1600’s brief cameo in the Fast and Furious franchise was quite memorable.
Well, it didn’t really partake in any racing, rather it was driven (and dramatically jumped at one point) by Brian O’Connor while working to take down a tank on a Spanish motorway. Obviously.
In a scene that sees the end of a Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger Daytona, the Escort luckily escapes with just a light smashing. Perhaps the most satisfying outcome since Suki’s S2000 cleared that drawbridge.
8. Koenigsegg CCXR (Fast Five)
If your criminal career has resulted in a sudden vast wealth, what do you do with it? Well, we’d be all over Suki’s S2000 but if you’re Roman Pearce you might fancy something rather more exotic.
At the end of Fast Five, he proudly rolls up to Tej Parker’s garage in a Koenigsegg CCXR — claiming it to be the only one in the Western hemisphere.
That is, of course, until Tej himself wheels out a near-identical car a few moments later.
9. Pontiac Fiero (F9)
“How do you improve a Pontiac Fiero? Launch it into space” could almost be a joke at the expense of this much criticised coupe, but it’s precisely what happened to the car in the ninth instalment of the film, as Dom and co devise a not-at-all convoluted plan to take down a satellite by flying a rocket-propelled Fiero into it.
Tej and Roman successfully complete the mission, after which the Fiero ends up next to the International Space Station, much to the bemusement of the resident astronauts there.
10. Ford F150 SVT Lightning (The Fast and the Furious)
Ok, so the SVT Lighting may have been the closest thing to an unmodified car the Fast and Furious franchise has ever seen — quite the contrast to say, Suki’s S2000.
It is still a V8-powered pickup truck though, and undoubtedly the most fitting delivery vehicle for ‘The Racer’s Edge’ parts shop.
Also “No one likes the tuna here!”
Volkswagen Touran (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)
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