Yes – the story lines are almost always painfully cheesy. Yes – the production of each of these movies leaves a mile-wide path of destruction littered with mangled classic cars that none of us will ever have the chance to restore. Even so, you’ve still go to admit that they usually cook up some pretty cool muscle cars to star in the Fast & Furious movies.
Recently our buddies over at Edmunds got a special preview of all the new cars that will be used in the next installment of the Fast and Furious saga. Of course there are still plenty of exotics and imports featured in the movie, but like us you’re probably only really interested in the American iron. Below is the line-up of American Muscle that you’ll see rocketing across the silver screen later this Spring in Fast & Furious 6.
1969 Dodge Daytona (Not real…obviously): This will serve as Dominic Toretto’s main ride in FF6. Apparently the supply of 1970 Chargers is finally starting to run a little low, so the Universal NBC crew switched to 1969s and did them up to look like Daytonas. The headlights were fixed for stunt purposes and the signature nose cone and wing were shortened down. Hardcore Mopar fanatics might want to not read the next sentence: All Seven Daytona replicas are powered by Chevy LS3 crate engines.
1969 Mustang Fastback: Sadly, this is one of the cars you see getting crushed by a tank in the previews. The production crew reportedly used a total of nine cars during filming, most of which were ‘69s, but there were some 70s modified to look correct. All of them feature incorrect ’67 taillights, however. Ford guys – don’t laugh too hard at the LS3 Daytona, because this Pony also gets its gallop from a good ‘ole LS3.
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8: – You’ll remember this car from the end of the last movie. Essentially it’s just a new Challenger with a front and rear wide-body conversion and big wheels. The power comes by way of a bone-stock 6.4L 392 Hemi. 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda: – This car is supposedly Dom’s ride-off-into-the-sunset car for the very end of the movie. It’s reportedly a Hemi car with an all-independent suspension. This beaut wasn’t used in any stunts and was actually borrowed from someone’s personal collection.2012 Dodge Charger SRT8: – These are just work-horses in the movie, and not really anything all that special. They are all powered by a stock 6.4L 392 Hemi. The production team did however use a total of 10 cars filming the cargo-plane take down scene.So there you have it – a look at the cars worth looking at in the upcoming Fast and Furious 6. So did the production crew do a decent job picking makes and models? How about the fact that they used LS3 power in essentially every muscle car that wasn’t a brand-new Mopar or didn’t belong to them? Let us know what you think in the comments below.