1968 Dodge Charger R/T
The Charger is considered one of the best cars from a golden era of American muscle cars, but its 6.3-litre V8 isn’t enough for Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto: you can be sure that it’s tuned to produce a lot more power than the original 375bhp. Will it be muscular enough to survive the inevitable automotive carnage that has made the films so popular, though?
Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Another cult classic, this modern Japanese icon is the motor of choice for the late Paul Walker’s character of Brian O’Conner. Although ‘only’ fitted with a 2.6-litre straight-six, twin-turbo engine in stock from, this is another car tweaked to produce a lot more power than it was designed to – which will undoubtedly look impressive on screen.
1970 Plymouth Barracuda
Another classic American car, the Barracuda in F&F7 was seen at the end of the sixth movie, so we’re expecting to see more of it. This one has a massive 8.8-litre Hemi engine that should offer Dom and his crew plenty of performance, which is enhanced by a host of additional tweaks, including carbon-fibre bodywork. Which is a long way from its 1970 roots.
Ferrari 458 Italia
Just as the 458 Italia is about to be replaced (by the 488 GTB) in the Ferrari pantheon, its sculpted yellow form is about to be showcased in the latest movie. Obviously no slouch, we will not doubt be treated to the full wailing performance of its 562bhp V8 engine, demonstrating why it won so many Car of the Year plaudits.
Aston Martin DB9
If you want a bona fide British action hero, who you gonna call? Jason Statham, of course, who plays revengeful baddie Deckard Shaw in the latest movie. And what car does a British action hero drive? An Aston, obviously – a DB9 in this instance. Although relatively advanced in years now (the DB10 will be unveiled in Spectre, the next Bond movie, at the end of this year), the DB9 is still a car that exemplifies a perfect combination of elegance and raw power.
Bringing us bang up to date is a recent svelte Italian beauty. The Ghibli revives a historic grand tourer name from the late 60s and early 70s for a brand new car, part of an attempt by the Italian carmaker to significantly boost its sales. And appearing in F&F7 will certainly give the Ghibli a greater profile, its sleek design offering a genuine alternative to the rest of the premium executive sector.
You might not have heard of the Lykan HyperSport before, but after its appearance in F&F7, we reckon this limited-edition Lebanese supercar (only seven will be built by W Motors) will be a lot better known. The third most-expensive car ever, the HyperSport is the first car to have diamonds in its headlights and can manage the 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, maxxing out at 239mph.