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The new Knight Rider car is a Mustang?





Does this honestly look like a state-of-the art car capable of being a super-hero? Of course not. It's a Ford.

The new star of NBC's Knight Rider (part deux) is a Mustang! K.I.T.T. is rolling over in whatever junkyard graveyard he's currently residing in. (Actually, K.I.T.T. is alive and well -- and probably living in sin with The General Lee -- but that's not important right now.)

Knight_rider_car I'm queasy enough with Knight Rider making a return in movie form. But now they're sullying tradition by having a Mustang stand in for the old Trans-Am?

My first car was a 1982 Mustang. Bright white. Decorative (aka "fake") air scoop in front. Let me tell how much I loved that thing. The engine caught on fire -- twice. The rear-view mirror fell off weekly. And in the last year of ownership, the only way I could get the car into gear was by sticking a butter knife into the transmission hole. American craftsmanship.

But according to NBC's publicity machine, the new K.I.T.T. "is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body -- thanks to its creator's work and nanotechnology -- is capable of actually shifting shape and color."

Let's hope it knows how to made last-minute appointments at the service garage too. But wait! There's more: "Its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal good cop partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car -- and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it."

Trust me on this. If you do manage to obtain "the ultimate car," invest in a couple of fire extinguishers. They might come in handy.

-- The two-hour movie version of Knight Rider airs on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

[NBC publicity photos]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:29pm]


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