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Fast & Furious 5

The Fast & Furious film franchise has always been about the cars and the insane stunts they're subjected to. While we're eagerly waiting for the sixth installment to hit the local cinemas, let's recall the cars that played starring roles in 2011's Fast Five.

There was the 1972 Nissan Skyline. The film 2 Fast 2 Furious established Paul Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, as a Skyline guy. It came as no surprise then that, for the scenes set in Rio de Janeiro, he drove an old-school, third-generation model, which incidentally is also the very first GT-R model.

There was the 1970 Dodge Charger. If O'Conner is a Skyline guy, Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto will always be associated with the Charger, his signature vehicle since the very first movie of the franchise in 2001. Funnily enough, it seems Toretto has a Charger wherever he goes since it's practically in every part of the franchise he's in except for Tokyo Drift where his short cameo saw him in a Plymouth Roadrunner instead.

A 1966 Ford GT40, meanwhile, played an important role in the movie since it was the car that housed the computer chip that contained all the nasty details about the main antagonist's criminal empire. To see the car stripped to pieces was a really gut-wrenching sight; good thing the car used in the movie was just a replica.

A 1966 Corvette Grand Sport Roadster had a short but very significant screen time in the movie. As one of the cars being hijacked off the train by the bad guys, this car was used by Walker and Diesel as their escape vehicle. Such a shame they got recaptured by the bad guys as soon as they came ashore.

A Terradyne Gurkha was also in the film. When you have someone like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Luke Hobbs chasing down a guy like Toretto, the usual full-size SUV isn't enough to serve as his company vehicle. For a guy as big as The Rock, he needs a supersized SUV, and the only vehicle that fits the bill is the light-armored Gurkha.

And then there was the 2010 Dodge Challenger. Toretto is truly a big fan of American muscle. After his long and storied affair with the Charger and a brief dalliance with the Roadrunner, he finally goes modern at the end of the movie with the current-generation Challenger. Incidentally, watch out for the May issue as we parody the film franchise--even down to the Challenger--with our very own Vin Dinzo and Paulo Walker.

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Fast & Furious 5

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Fast & Furious 5

Fast & Furious 5

Fast & Furious 5

Fast & Furious 5

Fast & Furious 5

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