Top 10 Tuesday: The Top 10 Hero Cars

Over the years, we have seen many great cars in movies and video games; we’ve had the opportunities to drive our favourite hero cars virtually and experience the sheer power and performance they offer. So here are the top ten hero cars in both games and movies over the years.

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10: BMW M3 E46 GTR

The E46 M3 made its massive debut in 2005 in Need For Speed Most Wanted, and it was by far the ultimate hero car of the decade. I remember myself winning the car and racing with it, the sheer sound it made, and performance was out of this world. This same car has made several appearances in other Need For Speed games over the years, and the most recent being NFS Heat in 2020. The real-world M3 GTR has a 3.9 litre V8 producing 493 hp and 480 Nm of torque. 0-62 mph is achieved in under 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph when this car was first launched back in 2001, which is undeniably still quick, even by today’s standard. That’s why the BMW M3 GTR kicks off our list first.

9: Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

A JDM car that honestly needs no introductions at all made its grand introduction in the Fast and Furious franchise. The 2 Fast 2 Furious R34 GT-R driven by the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Connor is really what helped kick start the car’s image. From that moment on, the Skyline became a household name and a brand that every major car enthusiast loved. It made its appearance in almost every car driving game released and has remained a reliable car used in the Fast and Furious films.

Back when the R34 GT-R was released in 1999, it was equipped with a 2.6-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 276 bhp and 391 Nm of torque which helped in propelling the Skyline from 0-62 mph in under 5 seconds and onto a top speed of 165 mph. Back in the day was considered a high-performance car, this very model is highly sought after, and many have tuned to produce an excess of 1,000 bhp. Making them highly desirable cars and highly modified, too, it was also one of the very early car models that implemented rear-wheel steering, which very few people knew.

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8: Dodge Charger R/T

Regarded as one of the most pioneered and world-renowned muscle cars globally, the Dodge Charger screams American muscle. A lazy 7 litre big-block V8 that at the time produced 425 bhp and 665 Nm of torque. 0-62 mph was achieved in around 5.5 seconds, and its top speed was about 140 mph due to its three-speed automatic gearbox.

The Charger has a long resume of being featured in a wide range of movies; it’s most commonly seen in the Fast and Furious as the car Dominic Toretto crashes pretty much all the time, and the iconic General Lee in the Dukes of Hazard.

7: The Tumbler from Batman

A rich billionaire playboy by day and the caped crusader by night, Bruce Wayne sure does travel in style. To assist him with his vigilante work, he needs something that’s not only reliable but bulletproof, full of tech and packs a mighty punch. Welcome the Tumbler, first seen in Batman Begins driven by Christian Bale and was forefront car used in the second and third movies.

It did require some digging and research, but I found the technical data and specs of the Tumbler. A 5.7 litre GM engine powers it that produces around 500 bhp and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds and onto a top speed of about 160 mph, which is without a shadow of a doubt impressive.

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6: Koenigsegg Regera

I’ve gone into detail about the Regera in a separate article, so I’ll keep this short and sweet, its a hypercar with a single drive gearbox. It has been featured as the hero car in several Need For Speed games, and the vehicle itself is a mind-blowing piece of engineering. It’s fast, powerful and super lightweight. It is the perfect allrounder for anything that you are to face. Many of us will never have the privilege of driving such a machine, but in the virtual world, we can at least have an experience of what it would be like to be behind the wheel of one of these goliaths.

5: Lykan Hypersport

The Lykan Hypersport rose to fame in the Fast and Furious seven movie, where it was driven through a bunch of skyscrapers in Dubai and ultimately faced its demise by crashing out of a window. Though before you cry, it was just the shell of the car; it wasn’t the actual model that got destroyed. Costing at £2.4 million ($3.4 million), I doubt the producers and Universal studios want to fork out and crash a car like that. The secret of why it’s so expensive is primarily to with its construction and, in particular, the headlights; a bunch of diamonds and crystals give for that ultimate bling look. Then again, the car is produced and developed in Dubai, so that comes as no surprise.

The performance figures are pretty impressive; it has a 3.7-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that develops 780 bhp and over 900 Nm of torque. That’s enough to accelerate to 62 mph in under 2.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 245 mph.

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4: Porsche 911 GT2

The Porsche 911 GT2 is probably the dream machine of any Porsche fan, highly sought after, scarce and costly. For a good reason, too, they are powerful cars with immense grip, and it’s the closest thing to a race car you can come to on the road.

With a recipe like that, a car like this is a brainer; that’s why back in 2009, Need For Speed launched the 911 GT2 hero car and oh my, was it a beauty to behold. Without revealing too much, it was definitely worth the grind and hard work to get. Most people would immediately know what car I’m referring to when I show them the iconic livery; that is why the GT2 scores 4th on our list.

This thing’s performance figures and specs are mind-blowing: armed with a 3.8 litre twin-turbo flat-six engine that produces 700 bhp and 750 Nm of torque. Enough to accelerate from 0-62 mph in under 2.7 seconds and go all the way to 211 mph makes this the perfect getaway car.

3: Ford Mustang

No list is complete without mentioning the Ford Mustang; everyone knows why it was an icon when seen in the film Bullitt starring the late Steve McQueen.

The Mustang was also seen in the relaunch of Knight Rider back in the mid-2000s, and that was a huge success. The most recent Mustang has fared better than some previous generations; the current Mustang RTR edition is a future classic and impressive both on paper and on the road. Strapped to the engine bay is a 5 litres supercharged V8 that produces an astonishing 750 bhp and over 900 torque going just to the rear wheels. 0-62 mph is easily accomplished in around 2.8 seconds and onto a top speed of about 190 mph. Therefore, making it for one mean hero car.

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2: Audi S8

The Audi S8 is the brand’s flagship model; it combines luxury with elegance and performance. It’s the ultimate luxury sports saloon, whose initial role was first portrayed in Ronin and got its massive rise to fame thanks to the Transporter franchise. It saw the car being hooned around stunt after stunt after the action; it is a thoroughbred of a robust and reliable machine.

The previous generation D3 S8 had a Lamborghini V10 used in Transporter 3, Transporter 2 had a 6 litre W12 A8 in it, whereas the newer fourth instalment featured the D4 S8.

All in all, the performance figures speak for themselves. The current S8 features a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces over 600 bhp and 800 Nm of torque. 0-62 mph is reached in under 3.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 155, though without one, and you’ll be going over 186 mph.

1: Aston Martin DBS

This is a complete no brainer; I think, in a way, we all saw this coming. The Aston Martin brand has been the most commonly used automotive maker in movies since days began, thanks to James Bond. The car was also featured in Johnny English, but it was a measly DB7, not the full-fat DBS.

The DBS is Aston Martin’s flagship model, the cherry on top of the cake and ultimate shaken not stirred companion for any night out. The DBS is not just a car; it is an accessory; it completes a man and defines him. The unique roar and rumble of the iconic V12 mean that everyone knows exactly what sort of car you are in; with 715 bhp under your right foot, you can unleash the beast to 62 mph in under 4.2 seconds and keep on going towards 211 mph.

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