13.FERRARI F355 SPIDER SIRIE FIORANO
The Fiorano test track figures heavily into the history and development of Ferrari’s incredible cars, and the facility’s name filters its way down through a wide range of options packages and special edition cars that specifically deserve the nomenclature. Case in point is Paul Walker’s Ferrari F355 Spyder, already an impressively well designed and powerful car that was only further enhanced for the final 104 examples produced and named Fiorano Editions.
Even a base F355 impressed Car and Driver enough for the magazine to describe it as a “…fast, feral, glamorous new car [that] puts Ferrari back on the most-wanted list.”
Upgrades to the Serie Fiorano (in Italian) versions adjusted the car’s track wider, added stiffer springs and thicker sway bars, and utilized vented and drilled brakes paired to competition brake pads. A Competizione-sourced steering rack improved road feel and lock-to-lock time, while carbon fiber inserts on the center console, door sills, and even paddle shifters helped to keep weight down. Horsepower peaked at 375 at a stratospheric 8,250 RPM, good for a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 183 miles per hour (when pushed past the redline). An F1 transmission was the most common choice, though a six speed manual was also available.
One of the most quintessential Ferraris ever made, the Testarossa reinvigorated the brand and ushered in a new design aesthetic with its 1980s side vents and swooping rear haunches. Over 10,000 examples across three designs were built during a production run that spanned more than a decade, making the Testarossa one of the most commonly sighted Ferraris of all the Italian manufacturer’s many legendary productions. Despite the relatively frequent appearance of Testarossas on the road, though, every single one still turns heads and Paul Walker’s black car is no exception.
The mid-engined, rear wheel drive Testarossa offered impressive performance for its time, and was the last of Ferrari’s mid-range cars to feature a 12 cylinder engine. In the case of the Testarossa, the V12 was a 4.9-liter flat 12 that produced 390 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque. The huge engine made the Testarossa relatively heavy on its rear axle, although the second and third generations, known as 512 TR and F512 M variants, improved upon the bias slightly. Of course, the Testarossa is a celebrity in its own right, as well, thanks to a central role in the Miami Vice TV series, driven by Sonny Crockett as played by Don Johnson.
11. BMW 2002TII TOURING ALPINA
Paul Walker’s love for BMW products extends even to the aftermarket tuner Alpina, who has produced a plethora of performance and styling-enhanced BMWs over more than four decades of work. The Buchloe-based company actually began its run by modifying BMW’s little 2002 model in the early 1970s. Besides the Alpina badging, a number of other modifications included a close-ratio dogleg five speed manual transmission, a limited slip differential with up to 75% lock, ventilated rear disc brakes, as well as upgraded Bilstein shocks, a closer ratio steering rack, and extra gauges.
The 2002 in Touring spec was a hatchback form of BMW’s popular 2002 model, which was only built from 1971 until 1974 and actually proved relatively unsuccessful (when compared to the rest of the 2002 lineup’s 11 year production run of more than 140,000 cars built). Only 130 horsepower created by a 2000cc inline four doesn’t sound like much today, but the 2002 is a collectible car in any form thanks to iconic style nimble driving characteristics, which are only enhanced by Alpina’s changes. Though Paul Walker might not have wanted the Alpina to race around the streets of town, it would be hard to imagine he bought the car simply as an investment.
10.NISSAN SKYLINE R34 GT-R V SPEC
The second Fast and Furious film may have lost Vin Diesel as Paul Walker’s outlaw counterpart, but the movie got a huge boost by the appearance of a new star (and not Tyrese). Automotive enthusiasts the world over held their breath when Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, showed up for a street race in a JDM Nissan Skyline GT-R, fully modded out and even still right-hand drive.
Of course, Walker’s hero demolishes his competition in the car, and anyone who knew cars of that era probably recognized just how potent of a car he’d brought to the table.
The Skyline GT-R is a highly upgraded version of Nissan, Datsun, and original manufacturer Prince’s Skyline model line, though the R34 variant is barely recognizable compared to the first Skyline released in 1957. With the Skyline GT-R playing such a big role in 2 Fast 2 Furious, it should come as no surprise that Walker owns one in his collection – notably an R34 GT-R in V Spec trim. Various V Spec levels added limited slip differentials, aero packages, deleted features like radios and rear windshield wipers, and more, but all shared the race-bred underpinnings of a twin-turbocharged inline six engine sending power to all four wheels.A
9.NISSAN S15 SILVIA
A couple of Paul Walker’s cars are straight up illegal to drive on the streets of America, and especially California, as they were never imported to the states and don’t meet emissions requirements. The 25 year import rule means that these cars will one day be possible to register, perhaps out of state, but currently Walker’s Nissan Silvia, an S15 generation, still requires at least six more years given its initial introduction in 1999.
Nonetheless, the Silvia is a popular car for tuners, given its light weight, simple design, and turbocharged inline four engine which produced up to 250 horsepower in stock form. Chances are Walker owned a Spec-R Silvia, which came with a six speed manual transmission, larger sway bars, chassis reinforcements, and strut braces. A larger brake booster and a helical limited slip rear differential make the Silvia in Spec R trim very attractive in the drifting scene, and a modified Silvia plays a large part in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Even though Walker didn’t play a role in that film, he no doubt appreciated the Silvia’s role in the movie and in the culture that inspired the story. Hopefully he got some time behind the wheel, perhaps in the remote hills outside of Los Angeles.