The tenth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is bringing back one of the hero cars of an earlier film.
The Fast & Furious movie franchise is one of the most famous of its kind in Hollywood history, largely responsible for creating the genre of films focusing on and surrounding modified car culture. While in its latter installments the franchise has evolved from tuned cars and crooked cops to family barbeques and logic-defying stunts that are completely unbelievable, many find the films strangely satisfying to watch, at least enough so that a new installment has been confirmed by the name of Fast X. As the Fast & Furious saga becomes more convoluted and bizarre, writers have started throwing all kinds of curveballs at fans, including trips to space, and even bringing major characters back from the dead. Now that Fast X is in production, fans can get excited to see a ton of badass cars, including an all-time favorite sporting an orange and black scheme in the form of the VeilSide RX-7.
Yes, Han from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift will be reunited in the F&F world with his black and orange FD-generation Mazda RX-7. Han Lue (Seoul-Oh is the name on his fake ID and a wonderful nod to Star Wars), portrayed by bonafide gearhead Sung Kang, tragically passed away in a fiery ball of death in the 2006 film, but made a dramatic comeback in Fast 9 behind the wheel of a Toyota GR Supra. It turns out that his death was planned and faked; the perfect loophole to bring any character back from the dead. In a recent Instagram post, Sung posted two pictures of himself next to the highly modified Mazda RX-7 sixteen years apart. "Good to see you old friend… Can't believe it's been 16 years since we've seen each other. You've aged well," he said in his post.
Han's FD series RX-7 was undoubtedly the highlight of Tokyo Drift featuring an amazing VeilSide body kit that transformed the look of this Japanese performance coupe to the point where some didn't even recognize it as an RX-7. There were nine stunt replicas built of this car. Under the hood of the hero car, the 13B rotary engine swapped sequential twin-turbos for a single HKS turbocharger pushing around 300 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. Other cool features include a titanium exhaust system, Apexi suspension, and Brembo brakes. The Sunset Pearl Orange paint job still looks as good as ever, and we're excited to see this old girl return to the silver screens with Han shifting up nine times on its five-speed transmission. Fast X is expected to hit cinemas on 19 May 2023.