Fast and Glorious

Sakal Times
Friday, 10 August 2018

While there are several reasons to love the Fast and Furious franchise, the ogle-worthy super cars have a pride of place in the movies 

Watch just one movie from the series and you will be inundated with close-up shots of fenders and exhaust pipes. The cars contribute to the films as much as the characters. Gear-head or not, the jaw-dropping gorgeous cars in the movies leave audiences fascinated. 

From street racing machines to elegant classics, the varied array of cars featured in the franchise is quite amazing. To relive the action and romance with these super cars in the film, watch the Indian television premiere of Fast & Furious 8 today (August 11), 8 pm on Sony PIX. But for now, read on to know our top five mean machine picks from the 
franchise. 

1968 NELSON RACING ENGINES DODGE CHARGER
A ’68 Dodge Charge is one of the fastest cars shown in the franchise and checks all the boxes for being the most badass car that there is. The sleek steel muscle car is a painstakingly crafted bespoke piece made by custom shop Nelson Racing Engines. The body was shaped by a team of some of the best metalworkers in the world. It does 0-60 in 2 seconds flat, and with the optional aero kit, can achieve 260 mph.

MAZDA RX-7 FD
The FD-generation Mazda RX-7 appears several times throughout the series. In the first film, it’s the car Toretto (Vin Diesel) uses to win O’Conner’s (Paul Walker) ride. In Fast 2 Furious, an FD RX-7 participates in the opening four-way street race. Then in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Han (Sung Kang) drives an RX-7 with a custom VeilSide wide-body kit — one of the most memorable cars of that film.

Mazda really nailed the design of the FD, looking like it hasn’t aged a day.

2011 LEXUS LFA 
When one thinks of a Lexus, one imagines a soft, quiet, profoundly comfortable luxury car built by Toyota which is reliable but somewhat boring. The Lexus LFA, on the other hand, is anything but dull. Capable of 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, able to hit 202 mph, and track the Nurburgring five seconds faster than the Nissan GT-R, the LFA is a legitimate super car. It still comes with Lexus comfort and reliability, but it also has a 552 hp, 4.8L V-10, hand-built using state-of-the-art processes. Only 500 were made of the 2011 model, but considering the nameplate, they will probably be on the road for a very long time. This car also happens to be one of the top five most expensive cars featured in the Fast and Furious franchise. 

1994 Toyota Supra MK IV
This car goes back to the first film of the franchise and was driven by the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner. While chasing down a gunman on dirt-bikes or jumping a railroad crossing mere inches in front of a speeding train are impressive stunts, the most breathtaking scene is when Walker is challenged by a snobby Ferrari owner to a drag-race, only to destroy the Italian sportscar against the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

RB-SWAPPED 1967 FORD MUSTANG
In the final scenes of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) drives a 1967 Ford Mustang formerly owned by his father. This car is one of the most idyllic cars in the franchise and stands apart in all of the classics shown in the movies for its sheer speed and the memorabilia attached to it. 

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