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The High-Octane Movie Series Demands Over-The-Top Vehicles

Dodge Charger

There’s no word on whether or not the mid-engine C8 Corvette will make a cameo in the ninth installment of the over-the-top and hyper macho money making movie franchise that is The Fast and The Furious series. But based on various amateur footage coming from one of the movie’s filming locations in the Caucasus country of Georgia, there will be a mid-engined first-generation Dodge Charger. Strange, yes, but this is Fast and The Furious we’re talking about here, where completely unrealistic things are the main draw.

Since its debut in 2001, it has emerged has the highest grossing franchise for Universal Pictures, and currently ranks as the ninth-highest-grossing film series of all time with a combined gross of over $5 billion. It’s not nearly the boy-racer movie series that it was in its early years, pivoting instead to focus on choreographed fight sequences and crazy heist attempts.

According to Motorious, expect this herculean Dodge Charger to be driven by Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto. It reminds us of the amazing Hemi Under Glass Plymouth Barracuda promotional vehicle from Hurst, which, you guessed it, had a monster of a blown V8 engine behind the driver’s seat. The kids love it.

Other insane Dodge Charger builds featured throughout the Fast and The Furious franchise include the original wheel-standing blown Charger from the original The Fast and The Furious (which crashed in the dramatic final race of the movie between Toretto and the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner driving a Mk IV Toyota Supra), an off-road style Charger from Furious 7, and a turbine-powered model in The Fate of the Furious. Also expected is a unique 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody, as teased on Instagram by Vin Diesel himself.

This mid-engine Dodge Charger is said to be built by the mad scientists at SpeedKore, which also built a Dodge Challenger Demon with carbon fiber body panels. The company also built 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that was involved in a crash with Kevin Hart.

Fast and Furious 9 is expected to be released in May 2020.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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