Martha Davies31 Jul 2019 AT 10:34 AM

The stylish cars from The Fast and The Furious

Everything you need to know about Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, plus a look back at all the best cars this famous franchise has used over the years
Martha Davies31 Jul 2019 AT 10:34 AM

As the release of the first spin-off from The Fast and the Furious approaches, you might be asking what can really be done that hasn’t been done before? If nothing else, it’s impressive to see the creators find a way to add to the last (even if the storyline gets slightly more far-fetched each time).

It seems the good people at The Fast and the Furious have stumbled upon a universal fact: we are all likely to enjoy watching cool cars, bad guys, and impressive stunts. Maybe you’re a car nut, or maybe you just like a bit of motor-fuelled action. Maybe you’ve never experienced anything the series has to offer. The fact is, you’ll probably still be entertained – and you should probably give Hobbs and Shaw a go.

It starts off where the last film finished, with federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and former SAS operative Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) having to put aside their differences to wipe out a deadly virus created by cyber-genetically enhanced terrorist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). Yes, even this franchise is going down the superhero route. What’s new in this film, then, is a bit of supernatural excitement and a mission to save the entire world as we know it.

But what can you expect? As always, a lot of supremely cool cars. Speaking of which, here’s a few of our favourites, and a refresher of the past seven films. You can thank us later.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Sports cars might not quite look like this one anymore, but we’ll admit it’s still got style. The 1970 Dodge Charger appears in the first The Fast and The Furious film as Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) reveals its whopping 900 horsepower engine. It can be seen in action at the end of the movie jumping over a passing freight train before hitting a truck and completing a mighty 360 degree turn through the air. Casual. The car returns (mysteriously unharmed) in both the fourth and fifth instalments of the series, becoming Dom’s signature ride. It aged gracefully, we think.

1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R

This famous racer opens the second film, 2 Fast 2 Furious, when Brian O’Conner enters in a four-way street sprint. The car proceeds to plummet off a bridge and have a nasty run-in with the cops, but no matter, it looks sensational in the process. And if you were to rate ways to crash off bridges, doing it in one of these bad boys would definitely be at the top. Think all-wheel drive, front and rear carbon-fibre diffusers, and two ceramic intercooled turbos. A truly stellar model that packs some serious punch. It even makes a welcome comeback in the fourth film (hurrah!).

Mazda RX-7 Veilside Fortune a.k.a 1997 Mazda RX-7 F1

The Mazda RX-7 F1 is arguably one of the most memorable cars in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift. Driven by Han (Sung Kang) throughout the film and featuring a custom veilside wide-body kit (earning it the name ‘Veilside Fortune’), this is one sweet ride. That is until it meets a particularly sticky end (alongside Han himself) after a high-speed chase, when it lands on its roof and bursts into flames. Ouch. You know what they say, it’s all fun and games until someone’s car explodes.

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Stingray

The magnificent Chevrolet Corvette features in the action sequences of Fast Five, though in fact the film used a replica of the original car – something you’ll be happy to learn when you recall how Dom and Brian (Paul Walker) drive it off the top of a moving train, making it skid off a cliff and plunge into the watery depths below. Thankfully no actual models were damaged in the making of the movie; in fact, there are only a number of them around today. We’re certainly glad they had the foresight not to drive an actual Corvette into a body of water. What a waste that would have been, eh?

1994 Toyota Supra MKIV

The Toyota Supra is another big star of the first film, when Brian nabs the car from a junkyard. After competing in a street race and tracking down a host of baddies, Brian drives neck and neck with Dom’s Dodge Charger in the Supra MKIV at the end of the film but ends up handing over the keys for Dom to make a quick escape before the credits roll. In the film, the car receives a hefty makeover with bright red paint and some flashy graphics. Though its appearance might be a little dated now, we reckon it’s still a pretty enviable ride – after all, if Brian can win in a race against a Ferarri and Dom can outrun a fleet of police cars, it’s good enough for us.

Ramp Car
Is this even a car? Or is it a death machine? Whatever it is, it’s an iconic part of Fast 6. A villainous variant of Dom’s crew drives this monster around with the sole aim of hitting other cars and flipping them over. This is, essentially, a weaponised Formula 1 vehicle capable of causing a car crash (or, ideally for the baddies, multiple car crashes). Sounds dangerous, but we’ll admit it might also sound like fun. Who knew fairground bumper cars were a reality? It may not look like a sleek, high-tech sports car, but we can’t deny it’s impressive.

2014 Lykan Hypersport

Now this is a car you’ll want to own. In fact, we all want to own it, and a lucky Abu Dhabi prince actually does in Furious 7. That is until our favourite gang of motor fanatics hijacks the Hypersport in order to recover a deadly hacking program from its USB port and then drive it off the top of a skyscraper. What an unfortunate end. We certainly wouldn’t give it up without a fight, not even for a computer virus that could threaten the world. (Yes, we really do think it’s that cool). And what’s even cooler is that the car is developed by W Motors, the first UAE-based luxury sports car developer. In real life, the Lykan Hypersport comes with a holographic display system and diamond-encrusted LED lights. What’s not to love? Well, apart from the price tag.

McLaren 720S 

The McLaren 720S has received a lot of buzz in recent years. It’s fast, it’s shiny, it’s impressive, and its time in the spotlight isn’t over yet, as it is set to feature in Hobbs and Shaw. A seriously impressive supercar with a four-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a retractable roof, why wouldn’t the Fast and Furious team want this in front of the camera? As far as we know, the car will be frontrunner in a nail-biting car chase, and even completing a 180 handbrake turn. We can’t wait to see it in action.

Hobbs and Shaw hits cinemas on August 2.

Three swanky rides to get your hands on
Porsche 718 Boxster

The ultimate in luxury and power, featuring turbocharged flat-four engines and a soft top. Prices start at AED246,000. We’d be willing to break the bank.

McLaren 540C 2019

This car is as beastly as it is beautiful, with a four-litre V8 engine generating 533hp. Its AED682,500 price tag means we might be dreaming about it for a little longer… or forever, probably.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster 2019

Take home one of these, starting from AED650,000, and listen to the delightful roar of the 476hp engine to your heart’s content. We see it as a sports car that oozes style.