Welcome back to the third installment of our Fast and the Furious series of articles!
In this article, we will give an overview of each major cars’ horsepower before they were modified in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift movie.
1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Stock horsepower: 245 hp
The film’s crew actually built nine stunt Monte Carlo cars for the movie — 7 of them were built with V8 engines, while two of the more powerful ones were built with a 560 horsepower 509 engine block and a 700 horsepower 572-cubic-inch Bill Mitchell crate engine.
Sean Boswell gets caught talking with Clay’s (high school football player) girlfriend after she praises his Monte Carlo. After Clay finds out, he throws a baseball through Sean’s window.
Cindy (Clay’s girlfriend) proposes that they settle their differences with a race to win her over.
2006 Dodge Viper
Stock horsepower: 510 hp
This is Clay’s car that he drives in the race against Sean’s Monte Carlo.
During the race, Clay is distressed when Sean is able to keep up with his Viper. Near the end of the race, he attempts to run Sean off the road by ramming the Viper into the Monte Carlo. Both drivers spin out of control and put an end to their cars.
2001 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S
Stock horsepower: 247 hp
After getting sent to Japan to live with his dad, Sean is banned from being able to race another car. Yearning to see eye-opening cars in another country, Twinkie (played by rapper Bow Wow) takes Sean to a parking garage where drift races are happening before his eyes.
Sean spots a fellow female classmate he met on his first day of school and begins conversing with her. Unbeknownst to Sean, the classmate (Neela) is actually the girlfriend of Takashi, the “Drift King” (DK).
Even though Sean does not own a car, he challenges DK to a race after being insulted and mocked by him. Han, admiring Sean’s audacity to stand up to DK, lets him borrow his Nissan Silvia to race.
1996 Nissan Skyline GT-R R33
Stock horsepower: 280 hp
When Sean asks Han why he let him use his Nissan Silvia to race against DK, he also asks him why he personally chooses to drift. Han responds by taking Sean out for an evening drive.
Han spots this Nissan Skyline ahead at a stoplight with two females sitting in the front. He proceeds to calmly drift in circles around the car.
The two women are charmed and give Han their phone number through the window.
1997 Mazda RX-7
Stock horsepower: 236 hp
Han’s iconic car that he drives around the streets of Tokyo.
DK confronts Han about his suspicion of Han stealing money from his uncle. After being threatened and held at gun point, Han escapes and initiates an epic drift-chase around downtown Tokyo.
The car used in the movie was modified to increase its horsepower to 306.
2003 Nissan Fairlady Z33 (350z)
Stock horsepower: 287 hp
The beloved car of the “Drift King.”
DK uses this car to race Sean in the parking garage, chase Han through downtown Tokyo, and in the final race of the movie down Suicide Mountain.
Already equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 350z is further enhanced with a twin turbo, boosting its horsepower to 460.
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
Stock horsepower: 286 hp
After totaling Han’s Nissan Silvia, Sean is given another car by Han to practice his drifting skills.
Following copious training sessions, Sean finally grasps and masters drifting. Han is confident enough in his now skilled apprentice that he wagers a bet with DK — Sean vs. Morimoto.
2002 Nissan Fairlady Z33 (350z)
Stock horsepower: 287 hp
Morimoto’s car that he uses to race Sean in the parking garage after Han and DK settle on a bet.
When Sean wins the race, Morimoto is shown screaming at the top of his lungs in frustration.
Despite this 350z model being a year older, the specifications and horsepower are still undifferentiated with DK’s 350z.
2004 Mazda RX-8
Stock horsepower: 238 hp
Neela’s car that is first seen as she drives into the drift-racing parking garage.
One day during class, Sean chats online with Neela asking her why he’s never seen her drift. She answers by taking Sean for a late-night drift ride in the hills.
1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
Stock horsepower: 320 hp
Sean’s dad, Major Boswell, found the frame of this Mustang at an army base.
As Sean was on his way to school, he found his dad working on the car even though it lacked an engine.
Han’s subsequent death impelled Sean to travel to the home of DK's uncle to challenge his nephew to a race in order to put an end to their conflict.
To prepare for the race, Sean and his friends work to restore the Mustang and use the engine from the totaled Nissan Silvia that Sean wrecked in his first race against DK.
The engine inserted into the car was actually from a Nissan Skyline GT-R. This motor gave the Mustang an output of close to 500 horsepower.
The Series Continues…
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