The Fast and the Furious hit theaters with a vengeance in 2001, immediately sparking public obsession with the film, its stars, and its cars. The core cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster introduced the world to their characters' involvement in the modern era of car modding, street racing, and organized crime. Over the next two decades, the franchise has grown through eight more movies while adding international action superstars like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jason Statham, and Charlize Theron - while simultaneously dealing with the loss of Paul Walker to a 2013 accident in a Porsche Carrera GT. (Walker was in the passenger seat, and the crash was attributed to aged tires.)
Updated March 2022: If you're a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, you'll be happy to know that we've updated this article with more details surrounding some of the best and the worst cars featured in the franchise.
Meanwhile, the films have spanned the globe, stretching from the streets of Los Angeles to Brazil, from Tokyo all the way to the Middle East and back again. At one point, two of the characters even found themselves in space. More Fast and Furious movies are in the works thanks to the massive profits, and one aspect that has greatly benefited from all that cash flow is the incredible cars that feature in the movies' nearly-continuous, action-packed, high-speed chases. From supercars to backyard tune jobs, the Fast and Furious cars are just like the main characters that drive them — they have to be supported by background roles. And while some of the world's most spectacular cars have reached superstardom themselves over the years, some don't even make sense as mere props. Keep scrolling for 10 of the best Fast and Furious cars, and 3 that probably should have been cut out in the editing room.
13 One Of The Best: Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Movie and car enthusiasts alike got a treat when Paul Walker pulled up in a Nissan Skyline GT-R to dominate the first race scene in 2 Fast 2 Furious. The racing-bred GT-R stepped the franchise's cars up to another level of performance, with twin turbos and all wheel drive.
We hadn't received GT-Rs at that point, and fans may have caught that Walker was piloting a right-hand drive JDM model. As cool as that car was, though, for the fourth installment Walker acquires an even sweeter GT-R, a 2002 model in blue, cobbling it together from impounded cars to create a perfect street racer.
12 One Of The Best: Toyota Supra Turbo
The Supra Turbo featured in the franchise's first film was a 1994 Supra MkIV, built up from a rusty shell into a racer capable of beating a Ferrari off the line on the Pacific Coast Highway. The car features prominently in the film, including in the final drag race in which Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto gets demolished by a semi-truck after just clearing a roaring train by inches.
The Supra itself is one of Japan's most legendary cars, Toyota's answer to Nissan's dominant Skyline GT-R models, and today Supras are popular among the tuner crowd thanks to a reputation for being able to easily support mods increasing power well north of 500 horses.
11 One Of The Best: Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
Vin Diesel as Dom drives a Chevelle SS in multiple films throughout the span of the Fast and Furious film series - and it can be relatively confusing just figuring out the car's timeline. The Chevelle SS first appears at the end of the first movie, then reappears in the fourth.
In reality, the car in the last film is a totally different Chevelle, revealing Dom's obsession with big power, as the Chevelle SS with a 454 V8 under the hood can crank out up to 375 horses in stock form, and it's a good bet Dom and his crew would be able to stroke out a fair amount more.
10 One Of The Best: Acura NSX
Compared to all the other cars in the Fast and Furious movies, the hyper-futuristic (for its time) Acura NSX receives relatively little love. For a car that offered Ferrari-beating performance in an affordable, space-age package in the 1990s, an NSX seems like it would fit perfectly into more of a starring role, but in fact the audience only gets a glance at this customized NSX sitting outside of Ludacris' Miami garage.
Given the scoop atop the cabin, it's a safe bet the car has a supercharger strapped to its mid-mounted V6, giving the NSX the power it needs to complement its legendary handling.
9 One Of The Best: Yenko Camaro
The Yenko Camaro in 2 Fast 2 Furious is an incredibly special car, but most people watching the film probably didn't even register it as anything other than just another example of typical muscle.
In reality, the Yenko Camaro is the result of one man's quest to build the best Camaro possible: former racer Don Yenko ordered 106 Camaros from the factory and dropped in 7-liter V8s producing 450 horsepower alongside some other subtle mods including a fiberglass hood, all done in direct conflict with GM, who didn't want the Camaro to outpace its line-topping Corvette. Paul Walker acquires the car after beating it in a drag race, exactly the situation Don Yenko built his Camaros for.
8 One Of The Best: Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S
Local audiences probably didn't realize just how special the Nissan Silvia was before seeing Tokyo Drift, as the car wasn't shipped to us in its most awesome form - the S15 in Spec-S trim. The final generation of the car most of us would call the 240SX, the Silvia S15 Spec-S is ideal for the drifting style that Tokyo Drift brought to these shores, thanks to a light curb weight and precise handling.
For foreign audiences in the know, and to give you a bit of context, the writers threw in a line calling the car the "Mona Lisa" - a fairly stellar comparison in terms of overall appeal.
7 One Of The Best: Corvette Grand Sport
The Corvette Grand Sport has a fairly solid claim to being our most spectacular muscle car. Only 5 were ever built, though, making the model also one of the rarest cars ever made, as well. The Grand Sport came about as Chevy wanted to compete with the Shelby Cobra, so Chevy engineers created a version that weighed 800 pounds less, with the most powerful engine being an entirely aluminum, 550 horsepower, 377 V8.
The car used in Fast Five was a replica, however, built around a standard Corvette Sting Ray, and only actors were allowed to even touch it, while ten matching replicas of the replica were built at fractions of the cost to be wrecked during filming.
6 One Of The Best: Lykan HyperSport
The cars in the Fast and Furious films have evolved enormously - alongside the production budgets, ensemble casts, and box office figures. Where the first films featured mostly tuned and modded JDM racers, the newer movies feature the likes of the Lykan HyperSport, the first supercar designed and built in the Middle East.
With a price tag of $3.4 million to own one of the four (or seven, perhaps) models ever built, the Lykan has to offer impressive performance and lightweight construction. Motivation comes from a twin-turbo boxer 6 developed by German Porsche tuning company Ruf, the car is definitely impressive - though at just over 3,000 pounds, the idea that Vin Diesel could power clean the front end is a bit of a fantasy.
5 One Of The Best: Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
After the massive heist and subsequent chase that takes up much of Fast Five, the members of the cast go around telling each other what they're going to do with their shares of the loot. Tyrese, aka Roman Pierce, decides to snag himself a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, one of the world's most rare and powerful cars ever made.
Essentially an uber-special CCX, in R Trevita trim the exterior is constructed out of diamond-finished woven carbon fiber, while the powertrain gets all the upgrades of the R, which boasts over 1,000 horsepower in a coupe that weighs just over 3,000 pounds. Only two were ever built, the fewest for a model by the already exclusive Swedish manufacturer.
4 One Of The Best: Bugatti Veyron
A film series that revolves around cars and car culture just wouldn't be complete if it didn't feature perhaps the most famous car of the 21st century, the Bugatti Veyron. The heart of the Veyron is its quad-turbocharged W16 engine, producing well over 1,000 horsepower and allowing the all wheel drive, 4,000 pounds hypercar to sprint from 0-60 in under three seconds on the way to a former Guinness World Records verified speed of 267.856 miles per hour.
The Veyron doesn't just offer insane performance, though, as luxury is part of the package that helps to make the car supremely popular among the rich and famous clients who don't want to cram themselves into a tiny race car modified for the street.
3 One Of The Worst: Honda Civic
Spoiler alert, the plot of The Fast and the Furious culminates in a trio of Honda Civics trying to rob a semi truck by using aggressive driving, including swooping under the shipping container, to get the drop on its driver.
And sure, the Honda Civic is a tiny and low car, especially when lowered like the cars in the film, but in reality no true mechanic beginning a performance-oriented build starts with a front-wheel drive, front-engined Civic. The Civic is a car built as an affordable commuter, and even tricked out versions like those in this movie are a bit silly.
2 One Of The Worst: Volkswagen Jetta
A character that fans may have noticed all but disappeared from the Fast and Furious franchise after the first film was tuner/modder Jesse, or at least his custom Volkswagen Jetta. Jesse was killed in a drive-by after refusing to give up his pink slip to Johnny Tran at Race Wars.
No one in the film should have been surprised that the VW couldn't beat out a Honda S2000 - even without any modifications, the S2000 is a true sports car, with a 240 horsepower four cylinder engine under the hood. A Jetta, on the other hand, is Germany's most popular base-level commuter sedan, and not only could Jesse have done better, but the film could have done better, as well.
1 One Of The Worst: Volkswagen Touran
If the bright green Hulk van driven by Lil Bow Wow in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift looked exotic to our home audiences, that's because they've likely never seen one before, and probably won't see one again. Essentially a stretched out Golf, the Touran is a small minivan that was never sold in the States, and many viewers would probably be forgiven for thinking it was a beefed up Nissan Cube with a wrap job.
In reality, no one even remotely close to the automotive industry would drive a Touran, much less a character trying to get into the Tokyo drifting scene.