Fast & Furious 4: Ford Gran Torino | Edmunds.com
MORE FAST & FURIOUS @ INSIDELINE.COM: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=144127 What Clint Eastwood did for the 1972 Gran Torino in Gran Torino, Fast & Furious will try to undo. Because in this movie, the very nastiest bad guy - you know, the chief henchman who does the dirtiest deeds and dies just before the big boss bad guy gets his - drives a '72 Gran Torino Sportsroof. The inspiration for the Gran Torino in Fast & Furious comes from a similar Torino built for Dan Widmann at Steve Strope's Pure Vision Design - the same shop from which emerged the Hammer Road Runner that's also featured in the film. Strope brought Widmann's Torino to a casting session and a star - well, a co-star - was born. The one significant visual change between Widmann's Torino and the replicas built for the film is that Widmann's car is blue, and the bad guy Torinos were painted green. It seems that blue was already assigned as super-dreamy Paul Walker's color in Fast & Furious, so the bad attitude character "Fenix Rise" (played by Laz Alonzo) would have to wear green. Little matter, however, as the Gran Torino looks dang good in green. To portray Fenix's FoMoCo, the picture car department acquired six '72 Torino Sportsroof models and one '73. As with the Charger, some of the stunt cars were fit with Chevy crate V8s and automatic transmissions, but at least one of the cars was originally equipped with a 429 and four-speed manual transmission. Five of the cars were either destroyed during production or ripped apart for parts. Among the Torinos destroyed was that 429 four-speed car. Sometimes evil must be done in order to portray evil.
Fast & Furious 4: '70 Chevelle Rips It Up | Edmunds.com
The Fast and the Furious is back. The street-racing action movie series returns with a fourth installment, simply titled Fast & Furious. Better stock up on the NOS. Eight years ago, the original Fast and Furious movie was one of the first car flicks to develop a cult following since the days of Steve McQueen and Burt Reynolds. With the possible exception of Hot Wheels, it was also the first mainstream tool to really exploit the untapped demographic of the import tuning subculture. Editorial Coverage * Fast and Furious 4: Behind the Scenes * Fast & Furious 4: Secondhand Review * New Fast & Furious Will Hit Theaters in April * Even faster: New Fast & Furious Movie Trailer Released * New Fast and Furious Spy Photos! * Hyundai Genesis Coupe To Appear in Fast and Furious 4 * Fourth Fast & Furious Movie Nears Production * Tokyo Drift: Drift and Driven * Behind the Scenes of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift * Screen Test, Road Test: The Cars of Tokyo Drift * Tokyo Drift Test: Skyline-Powered 1967 Ford Mustang * Tokyo Drift Test: Drift King Twin-turbo 350Z * Tokyo Drift Test: Veilside RX-7 * Tokyo Drift Test: Rear-Wheel-Drive Mitsubishi Evolution IX * Tokyo Drift Test: Big Block V8-Powered 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo * Tokyo Drift Test: V8-Powered 1967 Ford Mustang * Tokyo Drift Test: Toyota Chaser * Tokyo Drift Test: turbocharged Mazda RX-8 * faster, Furiouser and Camera Ready * Flicks: The Fast and the Furious DVD Collection Out on June 6 * Universal Studios Tour Debuts Fast and Furious Exhibit Once it was announced that the new Fast & Furious movie was nearing production, speculation began about what was in store for fans of the F&F series. It wasn't long before spy photos of the action flick's set and cars began appearing online. It is now established that the upcoming movie will be hitting theaters on April 3. The previous Fast & Furious movies' focus on cars rather than story line hasn't helped them achieve any decent critical success, but they've always been able to rake in money. While the first three movies were created to please a younger audience obsessed with modifying cars, usually in a horrifically tacky fashion, this F&F attempts to put emphasis on traditional action and plot, as is evident in the official trailer. The movie marks the return of the two original main characters, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), and also marks the return of some semblance of a plot. O'Conner is now an FBI agent hot on the heels of drug lord Antonio Braga, coincidentally the very same villain Toretto is after, as he is responsible for the death of Toretto's girlfriend. That about sums it up. When a friend of a friend was able to attend an early screening of the film, we reported what he saw in a recent secondhand review. He said many of the computer graphics and special effects had yet to be cleaned up, but it was fun to watch anyway, with plenty of cool rides and hot women. In a movie series known for unique and outrageous cars, such as the Skyline-powered Mustang from Tokyo Drift, we're excited to see the new batch of cars in action, including an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R and an awesome Lamborghini LM002 SUV-slash-tank from the '80s. Aside from the GT-R and a few others, the usual roster of imports has taken a backseat this time, with the spotlight falling mostly on American iron from yesteryear. Recently, Inside Line was given a behind-the-scenes look at the vehicles used in the movie. While many of the cars used in filming were actually replicas, often built in batches of six or seven to account for crash scenes, there are still a handful of cars that are the real deal. The off-road buggy wearing a fiberglass Skyline R34 body shell, however, is not one. In the end, though, Fast & Furious 4 does sport tons of cool cars, and with no shortage of exciting chases, explosions and sexy girls, it will make for an entertaining way to pass a couple of hours. Whether you're going to see it because you love it or you hate it, it will likely make a bundle of money for Universal Studios, as will the upcoming DVD box set and the addition of a Fast and Furious exhibit in the Universal Studios tour. EDMUNDS VIDEO http://www.Edmunds.com is a car-shopping web site driven to make car buying easy. We post at least two videos every week covering the latest cars and trucks with comprehensive reviews, comparisons, and tips & advice from our expert team of automotive editors. Subscribe for the latest Edmunds.com videos: http://tinyurl.com/8dklalg Related Links: Edmunds Price Promise: http://www.edmunds.com/price-promise.html Edmunds Mobile: http://www.edmunds.com/mobile/ Follow Us Twitter: https://twitter.com/Edmunds Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edmunds Google+: https://plus.google.com/+edmunds/
Fast & Furious 4: Chevy Crew Cab Truck Gets Twisty | Edmunds.com
FULL FAST & FURIOUS COVERAGE @ INSIDELINE.COM: http://www.edmunds.com/il/fastandfurious/index.html
Fast & Furious 4: Chevy Chevelle SS 454 | Edmunds.com
paul walker, vin diesel, jordana brewster, f&f, Fast5, fast and furious, stunt,stunt car, movie carsAt the end of the first The Fast and the Furious film, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is seen driving off in a pristine, red 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS454 coupe. Few noticed. However, it isn't a detail overlooked by Fast & Furious picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy, whose long Southern California hot-rodding career includes quite a few of Chevy's finest midsize cars. So when it came time to put Dom back in the driver seat, the first car that sprang to McCarthy's mind was that Chevelle. And with Dom already in that Chevelle in the first film, McCarthy's logic was impossible for Director Justin Lin and the producers to deny. In Fast & Furious, the Chevelle undergoes a transformation. At the beginning of the film, the car is red with black stripes and in essentially stock condition, cowl induction hood and all. Later, Dom takes the car and twists it into a nasty street racer covered in primer. Here we're dealing strictly with the car as it appears in red. And when it's red, it's stock except for its aftermarket 18-inch wheels. The production hit eBay and the classifieds looking for Chevelles. Eventually McCarthy acquired two well kept and very real big-block-powered 1970 Chevelle SS coupes to portray Dom's classic ride. Both were original SS396s and the primary hero car was an original four-speed. The backup was an automatic. Then McCarthy and team essentially left them alone. Since action with the car in this condition was limited, both cars survived intact and are now in storage. EDMUNDS VIDEO http://www.Edmunds.com is a car-shopping web site driven to make car buying easy. We post at least two videos every week covering the latest cars and trucks with comprehensive reviews, comparisons, and tips & advice from our expert team of automotive editors. Subscribe for the latest Edmunds.com videos: http://tinyurl.com/8dklalg Related Links: Edmunds Price Promise: http://www.edmunds.com/price-promise.html Edmunds Mobile: http://www.edmunds.com/mobile/ Follow Us Twitter: https://twitter.com/Edmunds Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edmunds Google+: https://plus.google.com/+edmunds/