When The Fast and The Furious hit movie theaters in 2001, Dominic Toretto and his street racing crew were stealing “high end” televisions with built-in VCRs off the back of a semi-truck. 15 years later, the franchise is working on its eighth installment, bringing back many familiar faces, as well as vehicles for the next movie that’s been dubbed simply Fast 8.
This includes Vin Diesel as Toretto, as well as the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T that keeps showing up for key movie moments (including that absurd wheelstand at the end of the first movie). Only this time around, the Charger will come packing jet power, as well as a few other modifications, for its role in Fast 8, reports Autoblog.
These pictures, posted to the Instagram account of Jadatoys, shows the charger fitted with a jet turbine engine in the rear seat area and trunk. Although it is no doubt a prop turbine, that won’t stop movie magicians from making it look as though it’s propelling Diesel and his Charger into whatever convoluted, international crime spree happens to be taking place this time around.
The actual motor under the hood is a good ol’ hunk of American iron packing a 500 horsepower LS3, and before you get upset over the modification of a Mopar classic, know that most of these cars began life as unrestorable basket cases. Sure, the hero car may come from better stock, but it takes a lot of work to make Dominic Torreto’s Charger look as good as it does in these pictures.
The hype train is just getting rolling for Furious 8, which hits theaters April 14th, 2017.