There are a few things that the Fast & Furious movie franchise is known for: Vin Diesel’s wonderfully corny catchphrases (like “No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past. And mine just caught up to me), outrageous auto stunts that defy all laws of physics, and, of course, the insanely cool cars. Yes, ever since The Fast and the Furious debuted in 2001, the film franchise has starred some of the most amazing automotive engineering known to humankind.
Who could forget the muscley 1970 Dodge Charger that Dom used to race Brian O’Conner at the end of The Fast and the Furious? Or how about O’Conner’s iconic R34-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R that first showed its face in 2 Fast 2 Furious? And, in Furious 7, they introduced one of the world’s most mind-blowing hypercars: the 2014 W Motors Lykan HyperSport. Truly, the Fast & Furious franchise is like the world’s greatest auto show in cinematic form. And there are so many other amazing cars that I could mention here.
But, with that being said, the Fast & Furious producers definitely don’t have a perfect batting average when it comes to choosing cars. And, while most of the cars in the series have been amazing, there have been a few atrocious rides that make you want to smash your TV screen. So, we’ll save the cool cars for another article because, today, we’re going to look at the 6 worst cars from the Fast & Furious franchise.
1. 2005 Volkswagen Touran (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Topping the list for the worst cars in the Fast & Furious franchise is the 2005 Volkswagen Touran driven by Twinkie (played by “Bounce With Me” rapper Lil Bow Wow) in the 2006 movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Now, as a movie, I love Tokyo Drift. However, this green minivan is the most atrocious vehicle I’ve ever laid my eyes on.
The Volkswagen minivan in question has The Hulk’s face painted on the hood and bodywork that makes it look as if The Hulk punched into the side of it. Apparently, this ungodly vehicle was included in the movie because director Justin Lin was a big fan of The Hulk. Regardless, though, this puke-green Hulk-themed minivan has no place in a Fast & Furious movie. I think they should remake the movie and cut any scenes that include this piece of trash.
2. 2014 Maserati Ghibli (Furious 7)
The Fast & Furious franchise has gained a loyal following from the car enthusiast community by choosing cars that don’t just look cool but have real power and fine-tuned driving dynamics. And, most of the time, they do a great job at that. However, for Furious 7, they strayed from that formula and included one of the most notoriously unreliable cars ever built: the Maserati Ghibli.
Yes, this 2014 Ghibli is a beautiful car on the outside. Plus, it has a Maserati badge on the hood that’ll make your neighbors think you’re rolling in money. But, in reality, this car is a high repair bill waiting to happen. The Maserati Ghibli (in every model year) is known to be very unreliable, to feature cheap and ugly interior design, and to not be worth its high price tag. My advice: don’t be like the Fast & Furious producers and buy a Ghibli just because it looks cool.
3. 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline (The Fate of the Furious)
If you’ve seen the 2017 film The Fate of the Furious, you probably remember the race scene in Cuba where Dom wins a race in an old beater from the ‘50s… in reverse… with the car’s exposed engine on fire. He then saves a group of onlookers by diving out of the car and sending it careening off the side of a bridge, flying to its fiery demise. This is one of the most badass scenes in any Fast & Furious movie. And, despite knowing what I know, I still get hyped every time I watch it.
Unfortunately, the car he’s driving, a 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline, is actually a pretty awful car, and there’s absolutely no way that it could reach 100 miles per hour in reverse. They stuck a fake turbocharger (that was actually just a useless tube) on the big-block engine to try to make this thing look more powerful. But, in reality, the car used for this scene really only had the factory-spec 92 horsepower. So, while that scene was definitely adrenaline-inducing, this 1950 rustbucket belongs in a junkyard.
4. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country (Furious 7)
Alright, it’s hard to count this car as an actual Fast & Furious car because it’s the car that Brian O’Conner drives during the brief stint where he settles down in the suburbs with a wife and kids. So, it makes sense that he’d want to drive a minivan with enough space to take the little ones to soccer practice and all of the safety features you can imagine. But, there’s one very large problem here: he’s Brian O’Conner.
We’re talking about a guy who lives and breathes speed. So, it seems unlikely that, even if he’s going to drive a minivan, he’s going to drive a Town & Country. They should’ve given him a Mercedes-Benz R-Class AMG, one of the fastest minivans ever mass-produced with a 6.2-liter V8 engine putting out over 500 horsepower and hitting top speeds of 171 miles per hour. That seems more like Brian O’Conner’s style. Plus, he can still fit the kids’ hockey gear in the back.
5. 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS (2 Fast 2 Furious)
The 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS from the 2003 film 2 Fast 2 Furious is a perfect example of what happens when you give actors too much control. First of all, this car wasn’t anything special, to begin with, apart from the fact that it’s a drop-top. This car features a 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes a pretty unimpressive 210 horsepower. Plus, it’s a front-wheel drive, which means it might be decent in a snowstorm, but it’s definitely not a drag car.
But what really sucks about the 2003 Eclipse Spyder GTS is the styling, and we have Tyrese Gibson (the actor that plays Roman Pearce) to blame for that. Apparently, they gave him creative control over the car’s styling, and this is what he came up with: a weird purple checkerboard paint job and a dumb-looking rear spoiler. This car is an aesthetic sin and should not exist, let alone be in a movie.
6. 1987 Chevrolet Caprice (Furious 7)
If you hadn’t noticed by now, Furious 7 was a bad movie in terms of car selection. And the ‘80s were a pretty bad time for car manufacturers. Put those two things together, and you have the 1987 Chevrolet Caprice from Furious 7, which was driven by Tej Parker (played by “My Chick Bad” rapper Ludacris).
Personally, I think that the styling on the Caprice is sort of cool. But, when you check under the hood of this ‘80s throwaway, you’ll find a little V6 that makes a measly 140 horsepower and reaches 60 miles per hour in around 11 seconds. This car is fine if you’re going to be cruising around your city in traffic, but no self-respecting drag racer should be caught dead in one of these.