Cars have become a statement of persona in today’s world. What you drive is clearly an extension of who you are and what you stand for. Hollywood has captured this very well and has understood the importance of choosing the right car to showcase the perfect scene. Here is a list of the top cars to feature in Hollywood blockbusters
1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 (Gone in 60 Seconds)
This has to be one of the most iconic cars to feature in a movie. The classic customized Mustang is the hero of the movie, stealing the spotlight from Nicolas Cage. In a movie made all about cars, it was extremely difficult task to make something really shine out, but ”Eleanor” as dubbed in the movie, strutted herself. The most famous scene being that of the Police helicopter chase in which the Mustang leaves the chopper for dust. An interesting note was that three models were made for the shooting of the movie however only one survived.
Lykan HyperSport (Fast & Furious 7)
The Lykan HyperSport is a Lebanese manufactured car that featured in FF7. The car was brought to life so to speak from actors Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. It was depicted as being a caged beast in a rich prince’s house and was unleashed by “Dominic Toretto” in the movie where it jumped from one building to another. The HyperSport is powered by a 3.7 liter twin-turbocharged Flat-six engine developed by RUF, producing 780 horsepower and 708 lb·ft of torque. Exclusivity of the HyperSport is in a class of its own, only 7 units of the car will be made.
Chevrolet Camaro SS and ZL1 (Bumblebee, Transfomers)
Transformers is a multi-billion dollar movie franchise built upon a toys created by Hasbro and Tomy. The franchise is famous for showing advanced alien fighting robots turning into sports cars and other vehicles. One of the main characters in the franchise is Bumblebee. The name became synonymous with the Camaro because the characters colors are black and yellow in resemblance to a bumblebee. The earlier movies showed the Bumblebee as a Camaro SS model however in the later sequels he was morphed into a ZL1 version for a more aggressive look. Both cars housed a powerful 6.2-liter V-8 with different additional turbo and superchargers.
BMW i8 (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
Tom Cruise has been the star for all the MI movies till date, and there have been interesting cars and bikes that have been used in all the series however the BMW i8 that was used in Ghost Protocol really stood out. It brought forward the idea of the hero using an economically friendly hybrid in a chase scene as compared to a heavy muscle car or an exotic supercar. This was as interesting addition to movie as it was based around the growing technology and how it was being used by evil men.
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (James Bond: Die Another Day)
The James Bond is notorious for being extremely particular about the car they choose for their main protagonist. Die Another Day saw the reuse of one of the franchise’s most favored brands, Aston Martin. The car was heavily modified for scenes that were to be carried out on ice, however in proper James Bond fashion the car was kitted with some interesting extras. These included front mounted twin .50 caliber auto-cannons. front grille-concealed rocket, tire spikes, passenger ejector seat and finally an invisibility cloaking system.
1970 Dodge Charger (Fast & Furious)
The FF franchise had made this car one of the most sought after vehicles after the release of the movies. This car was the beast that was brought to life by Vin Diesel in the movie, it was the one car that scared the strongest guy in the crew. It was the climactic action scene of the movie that made this car so memorable. As Vin Diesel’s character Dominic lines up against Paul Walker’s character, who’s driving a Supra, he floors the throttle and the Charger does a sick wheelstand and burnout at the same time. Movie magic for sure, but still fun to watch. Later in that same race, the two cars jump a set of train tracks just as a locomotive passes, and a heartbeat later Diesel flips the Charger in a spectacular finish to the chase scene.
Audi R8 (Iron Man)
Iron Man was a great success with Robert Downey Jr. taking the lead role as Tony Stark. The R8 became the signature car for RDJ’s character and in short summed up the traits of Tony Stark very well. The R8 wasn’t an extremely flamboyant supercar but it was built to last and handled extremely well. In both appearance and performance, the sleek and savvy German-engineered road rocket is as intimidating and nearly as functional as Tony Stark’s Mark III suit.
1980 Lamborghini Countach LP 4005 (Cannonball Run)
The poster car that stole the show. The Countach when produced was one of the most exotic cars that was being produced, outshining certain Ferrari’s even. The movie is based on an illegal road race that hosts many drivers and a variety of cars. An interesting fact about the Countach, American models were forced to have raised front bumper to meet regulations owing to great criticism because of the unattractive feature.
Koenigsegg Agera R (Need for Speed)
One of the most anticipated movies at its release, The Need for Speed movie was based upon the extremely popular gaming series Need for Speed developed by Electronic Arts. The Koenigsegg was held one of the most important scenes at the beginning and the end of the movie showing the progression of the lead character ”Tobey Marshall” played by Aaron Paul throughout the movie. Dummies of the cars were made to mimic the car crashes as the cost of one Agera R is $1.7 million.
2005 Audi A8 (W12) (Transporter 2 & 3)
Another wonderful example of perfect selection of vehicle can be seen in the Transporter movie franchise. ”Frank Martin” played by Jason Statham is a driver for hire – a mercenary “Transporter” who will deliver anything, anywhere – no questions asked – for the right price. The car was the perfect marriage of style, power and presence. This was the ideal match for Statham’s character. The car was powered by a W12 engine producing nearly 500 horsepower and was able to complete the 0-60 mph marker in under 5 seconds.