Many of the top-grossing films of all time, including the “Batman” series (No. 50), “American Graffiti” (No. 44), “Back to the Future” (No. 61) and “Iron Man” (No. 127), also feature some of the hottest rides of all time. The way cars like the five below handle the intense action sequences is like nothing you can imagine, unless you are lucky enough to have gotten behind the wheel of one.
In all its incantations, the Batmobile has been one hell of a ride. The Batmobile Tumbler from “The Dark Knight” and “Batman Begins” is one of the best bat rides to date. This car features a 350 Chevy V8 engine that can reach 60 mph in a cool five seconds, even with the vehicle’s special 37-inch off-road tires mounted on an independent front-suspension panel. Of course, the fact that you can actually see (and touch) the car makes it much finer than any two-bit CGI ride. Now that’s a clean getaway car indeed.
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‘American Graffiti’ — ’32 Ford Coupe
This homage to ’60s California car culture features one of the most famous and most beloved coupes, a modded out canary yellow Ford Deuce Coupe. Tricked out with a Chevy 327 V8 engine, the Ford in question blows its competitor — a fairly impressive ’55 Chevy — literally out of the water and off the road in the climatic Paradise Road drag race scene. A classic film and a classic car for the ages.
Vin Diesel’s ’70 Dodge Charger
In 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious,” actor Vin Diesel drove a ’70 Dodge Charger in a memorable chase scene against the late Paul Walker. This same car was justifiably made famous in the television series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Vin Diesel ramps the matte-black Charger through a burnout and over a set of train tracks as a train passes through to smoke Walker in his Supra. The race scene is a total classic and the Charger is a favorite movie ride. The “F&F 6” also gave props to a Charger, this time a modded 1969 Charger Daytona.
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Audi R8 from ‘Iron Man’
The 2008 Audi R8 featured in “Iron Man” came from a long line of distinguished Audi R8s, the same car that took first place at Le Mans a total of five times. As if that isn’t enough street cred, the car features some pretty sick exterior styling. Hollywood executives loved the ride so much they stuck with an Audi R8 in the recently released “Iron Man 3,” proving that you can’t have too much of a thing this good.
‘Back to the Future’ — DeLorian
The DeLorian DMC-12’s sleek exterior and some smart editing made it an instant classic. Rumor has it the prop staff actually replaced the car’s sluggish engine with a Porsche 928 V8 for the DeLorian’s journey back into the future of 1985. The car’s rich exterior styling, retro-futurist design and vertically-oriented doors made the DeLorian a real conversation piece and a cult-classic ride.
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While you may not be able to get behind the wheel of these great action movie vehicles, even small modifications like upgrading your tires, getting a paint job in an unexpected color, adding some useful, high-tech equipment like the latest GPS navigation system and tweaking the suspension for off-road driving will surely give your ride a heroic edge.