Fans can see the latest car eye-candy in action when Fast and Furious 6 debuts today. But to see what these vehicles really cost, GoBankingRates.com contributor Paul Sisolak found the worth of five cars in the film and calculated monthly payments for an auto loan on each. Times staff
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
The Charger's aggressive reputation started in 1968 as a formidable opponent for Steve McQueen's Bullitt, and since then, it has seen a number of special editions, blessed by the likes of Carroll Shelby, and its recent "Super Bee" incarnations. But the Charger Daytona — named so for the Daytona 500 — is a rarity indeed. Produced solely in 1969, coveted models house a mammoth, 7.2-liter fire breather under the hood, making the term "muscle car" an understatement. According to auto valuation guide Hagerty.com, an 8-cylinder, HEMI-powered Daytona fetches about $270,000. Other sources cite $300,000.
Money down: 20 percent on $300,000 = $60,000 Loan amount: $240,000 Loan term: 48-60 months Interest rate: 1.9 percent APR (if you have good credit) Monthly payment: $5,205.78 (48 months); $4,205.61 (60 months)
1978 Ford Escort
For use in the film, Fast and Furious filmmakers allegedly found seven 1978 Ford Escorts, according to AutoBlog, "a celebrated 1970s-era rally car complete with stock fender flares." Fetching one of these compact-yet-swift European racers, heavily modified to win several RAC Rallies back in the day, won't cost you that much. Auto Trader Classics says a collectible Escort from that era can demand only $35,000 — a far cry from buying a new Ford Focus, but that is the price of nostalgia.
Money down: 20 percent on $35,000 = $7,000 Loan amount: $27,000 Loan term: 48 to 60 months Interest rate: 1.9 percent APR Monthly payment: $585.65 (48 months); $473.13 (60 months)
2012 Nissan GT-R
Not all Fast and Furious cars are discontinued classics. Some are new classics with a long heritage. The 545-horsepower, turbo-V6 GT-R has been in production on and off for more than 40 years, originally called the Nissan Skyline. If you're looking to get on the celluloid level with some serious pavement cred, you'll want to opt for a GT-R with the "Track" package — 2012-2013 models run an average MSRP of $115,000.
Money down: 20 percent on $115,000 = $23,000 Loan amount: $92,000 Loan term: 48 to 60 months Interest rate: 1.9 percent APR Monthly payment: $1,995.55 (48 months); $1,612.15 (60 months)
1969 Ford Mustang Anvil
A deity among muscle cars, this Anvil-modified 'Stang, according to the AmCar Guide, gallops out 805 horsepower through a 521 cid Boss 9 engine, with a specially tuned suspension, 6-piston brakes and a Kevlar clutch with 5-speed Tremec transmission. Since this is not a production model car, it's hard to valuate it in dollars. However, since it contains a Boss engine, let's price it off a 1969 Boss 429. According to Hagerty, a mint-condition '69 Boss will run you into six figures at $193,000.
Money down: 20 percent on $193,000 = $38,600 Loan amount: $154,400 Loan term: 48 to 60 months Interest rate: 1.9 percent APR Monthly payment: $3,349.05 (48 months); $2,705.61 (60 months)
1970 Plymouth Barracuda
Nelson Ireson of Motor Authority says that "the Plymouth Hemi Cuda is a by-word for the Holy Grail, hen's teeth, or free beer. In other words, it's elusive and highly sought after." Enough said — the '70 Barracuda is inarguably the hottest car to be featured in one the Fast and Furious movies. According to Ireson, one was recently up for auction for $3.2 million! What makes the car so special? Very few were made in their first run, and to find one in its original state, low mileage and all, is rare. If you've got the cash, you can have the flash.
Money down: 20 percent on $3.2 million = $640,000 Loan amount: $2,560,000 Loan term: 48 to 60 months Interest rate: 1.9 percent APR Monthly payment: $55,528.34 (48 months); $44,859.87 (60 months)
If you can afford those payments, you can probably afford to buy this car in full outright, making you one wealthy motorist, and the 1970 Barracuda the priciest, most coveted vehicle in the Fast and Furious canon.
(The current average auto loan size for a new car is estimated to be $26,691, putting monthly car payments at $460, according to Experian Automotive.)