2011’s Fast Five saw Gal Godot’s former Mossad agent character, Gisele Yashar, take on a much larger role than in the previous film, 2009’s Fast and Furious. With much of the action set in Brazil, the film ratcheted up the quantity and quality of the action, car chases, fight scenes, and the cast, including the addition of Dwayne “The Rock”‘ Johnson as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs. But Gadot’s character stole the show – eventually leading to her role as Wonder Woman – when she drove a modified 370Z and beat all the boys around a makeshift course, though whether Paul Walker owned the 370Z during filming or if he bought the car afterward is unclear.
The Nissan 370Z is the latest iteration of Nissan and Datsun’s long line of Z cars, which all feature long hoods, coupe bodies, and straight six engines. Power and width have significantly increased since the 240Z, but the underlying principles remain the same and help to keep each generation at the forefront of handling, comfort, and style. Collecting cars from films that he either starred in or that played a major part in Hollywood’s continuously evolving car culture was clearly a major focus for Walker, and the Fast Five370Z makes for a great addition to the collection.
7.CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS CONVERTIBLE
One of the most lasting and consistent images throughout the Fast and Furious franchise is of Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto revving the enormous engine of his huge Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which dwarfs the rest of the largely Japanese import automotive cast. From the first film when the car is red to the third clad in primer as Diesel makes a surprise cameo in Tokyo, the Chevelle always looks beefy and powerful in a quintessentially American manner, matching Diesel’s character in power and intensity.
Paul Walker owns a Chevelle SS, as well, though the convertible top alone is enough to differentiate it from the exact car that Diesel drives through so much of the series.
Still, the second generation Chevelle, especially in SS trim, is an integral part of American muscle car history. Powered by engines that range all the way up to a 7.4-liter big block V8 and cranking out as much as 450 horsepower out of an LS6, the Chevelle has the grunt to match its huge haunches and intimidating front end. Other films featuring Chevelles have included the Tom Cruise action flick Jack Reacher, as well as Bullitt with Steve McQueen, and Bad Boys IIstarring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
6.PRO TOURING CHEVROLET CAMARO LS7
The American muscle car phenomenon is a constant game of one-upmanship, adding enormously powerful engines to classically penned body styles with the goal of creating a new American masterpiece. Paul Walker’s Pro Touring Chevy Camaro is no different, with an LS7 crammed under the hood that likely cranks out around 500 horsepower in stock form. Somewhere between a hot rod and a restomod, the Camaro checks all the boxes, with style oozing from every surface, including the clean engine bay and modern wheels.
While modern Camaros often exceed 500 horsepower from the factory, it’s important to remember that first generation cars maxed out at 400 horses in highest spec Z/28 trim with dual four-barrel carburetors.
Add in the probable inclusion of a 9-inch limited slip rear diff, modern five speed transmission, and all the suspension interior goodies that bring the car up to snuff, and the car probably approaches the performance of a modern Camaro (which is a great car and one that has helped to right the ship of American manufacturing) with a much bigger coolness quotient. Though Walker’s cars tend towards the small and sporty, sometimes some big beefy power just rounds out a well put together collection nicely.A
5.1969 YENKO SUPER CAMARO
For serious car aficionados, watching 2 Fast 2 Furious was like being a kid in a candy store. While the first film in the franchise featured way too many front wheel drive imports with body kits and huge spoilers, the second installation upped the ante with cars like the Skyline GT-R and the little known Yenko Super Camaro – a limited run of cars that were built by dealership owner and race car driver Don Yenko as a way to massage his way around the corporate limits GM had put on Camaro engine size and output.
At the time, GM wanted to keep the Camaro in a certain class, even if that meant competition in the form of Ford Mustangs and Dodge Darts were available with more power. These were the days when manufacturers were tripping over each other to crank out bigger stats, so Yenko figured he’d go the same direction as Carroll Shelby and upgrade Camaros himself. The result features a 7.0-liter 427 shared with the Corvette that made 450 horsepower. A fiberglass hood, heavier duty suspension, and 4.10 ratio rear differential rounded out the package, while some cars even received an aggressively styled Yenko-specific rear spoiler.
4.AUDI B5 S4
Few cars offer the same level of sleepy speed as Audi’s B5 generation S4 sedan and station wagons. Exterior changes over the base A4 were kept to a minimum, but under the hood a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 produced 261 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque allowed the B5 S4 to claim the title of world’s fastest luxury sedan at the time of its 1997 release. Pair all that power to Audi’s legendary rally-bred Quattro all wheel drive and a six speed manual, as well as a well-designed exterior and fully loaded interior, and its no wonder low-mileage, well-kept B5 S4 examples have retained so much of their value.
For backyard modders and professional tuners, the B5 S4 is a highly sought-after commodity, thanks to the strength of its drivetrain and the stoutness of the engine, which started life as a normally aspirated 2.8-liter V6 but received beefed up internals to handle huge torque figures. With a couple of upgraded K04 turbos, improved air intake, and an ECU tune, a B5 S4 can safely churn out 400 horsepower and some cars push the limit well over 500. Paul Walker’s B5 S4 looks to be lowered over aftermarket wheels, so it’s a safe bet the engine has been modded to match the exterior style.
3.PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS
When it comes to outright performance and fun on a race track, it’s hard to beat Porsche’s line of upgraded 911 models, the various generations of the GT3 RS. With the introduction into 911 bodies of the Mezger water-cooled engine that Porsche developed for use in the GT1 competition race car, the German manufacturer opened up a world of possibility.
First used in the 996 Turbo, which produced 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque out of the twin-turbocharged flat six engine, the Mezger engine proved reliable, powerful, and capable of so much more.
The absolutely insane Porsche GT2 removes all wheel drive from the Turbo, while upping the overall power sent to only the rear wheels. But while that kind of power can certainly seem intoxicating, many Porsche enthusiasts prefer the GT3 RS, which in the 996 generation used a normally aspirated Mezger engine to power the rear wheels with 380 horsepower. With a sky high 9,000 RPM redline, today’s GT3 RS models cut down on weight significantly, allowing for a 0-60 sprint under 3.2 seconds and a Nurburgring time under seven minutes. Paul Walker actually owned three GT3 RSs, and one was featured for a short shot in Fast Five.
2.PORSCHE 930 TURBO
The Porsche 930 was Porsche’s first production turbocharged car, and debuted in 1975 to widespread shock and awe. Initially intended to be a homologation version of a competition racer, the 930 ended up becoming a legend in its own right, thanks to a 3.0-liter flat six engine that produced 256 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque utilizing a single K03 turbo. The aggressive rear fenders, enormous rear tires, and a (functional) whale tail spoiler distinguished the Turbo from its lower-spec stablemates, even if it hadn’t quite received the all wheel drive that would eventually become standard on Turbo models.
An even larger engine debuted in 1978 with displacement increased to 3.3 liters and the addition of an intercooler to improve engine performance. Output increased to 296 horsepower and 304 lb-ft of torque, though weight also increased slightly. Suspension was tightened, while brakes from the 917 racer were sourced to help cope with the added power. During the 1970s, Car and Driver tested all of the world’s fastest and best cars, and both editions of the 930 Turbo ended up besting the rest of the world with a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. Paul Walker owned 2 930s, both in Guards Red, so hopefully he had one of each.