We see the Paul Walker tribute, Universal!

The production of Fast 9 has begun, and it looks like we’re about to see a handful of new characters in the fold. While most of the cast — sans Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — will return for the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, two new additions to the movie are making headlines in the automotive world. No, it’s not John Cena, who, by the way, is in the movie. It’s not even Michael Rooker, who was recently announced as the newest member of the Fast family. The headline grabbers are a pair of cars, specifically a 2020 Toyota Supra Mk5 and a heavily modified, blacked-out Dodge Charger. If the additions of these two beauties aren’t enough to get you excited for Fast 9, then the thought of seeing them in action should get those juices flowing.

Fast and Furious 9 "Fast 9" Toyota Supra

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I’ll admit. I didn’t make the connection at first. When I saw the images of a pair of orange Toyota Supras posted by _pw40 on his Instagram account, my first thought was, “oh, cool. The Supra’s going to be in Fast 9.” It wasn’t until a few minutes later that I realized that the Mk5 Supra was dressed in orange, specifically a shade of orange that I recognized from the Fast & Furious movies.

Then it hit me. This isn’t just a Toyota Mk5 Supra. This is a Toyota Mk5 Supra that’s dressed in the same shade of orange as the Toyota Mk4 Supra that the late Paul Walker drove in the franchise’s first movie, The Fast & The Furious, back in 2001. How’s that for a tribute, right? Sure, this Supra doesn’t have its predecessor’s massive rear wing and the iconic vinyl decals that became so popular people started putting them on their cars. It doesn’t appear to even have an aftermarket body kit, though I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens later in the production process. One of the Supras does appear to have a rig attached in its rear section, though. Either that’s set up for film cameras that will be used in the movie production or it’s a connecting mechanism that will be used in a stunt for the movie. Another photo of the Mk5 Supra shows the car connected to an armored military vehicle of some sort. A little tug-of-war action, perhaps? Either way, the Supra should have a prominent role in the movie, in part because of who’s going to drive it.

Someone Spotted the 2020 Toyota Supra at a Fast and Furious 9 Filming Location, But There's Something Even Better There Too
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That’s an important question, isn’t it? Who’s going to be the one driving the Supra? I have a good inkling on who it is.

Vin Diesel’s not driving that car for obvious reasons. Cena’s too big for it, too. He’s probably driving the biggest vehicle in the film since he is “taking the place” of Dwayne Johnson.

Tyrese? No. Ludacris? Cross that out, too. Natalie Emmanuel makes sense. It’s time she got in on the driving action. Michelle Rodriguez is a possibility, too, but really, there is one person — and really, only one — that makes a lot of sense: Jordan Brewster. She plays Mia Toretto, the sister of Diesel’s Dominic Toretto character and, more importantly, the wife of Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor. If the orange Mk5 Supra is meant to be a tribute to Walker, there’s no other person that’s going near that car than his on-screen wife.

And if I’m a betting man, I’d put money down that a few bottles of NOS are stowed underneath the rear hatch. Paul Walker would be so proud.

Fast and Furious "Fast 9" Dodge Charger

The orange Toyota Mk5 Supra made all the headlines, but _pw40’s Instagram account also has photos of what is undoubtedly a blacked-out, wide-body Dodge Charger. There are no surprises on who’s driving that car, even if the man in the photo sitting behind the wheel of the car isn’t Vin Diesel. The dude doesn’t wear baseball caps so it’s safe to say that’s not him. In any case, this Charger is going to be Dominic Toretto’s ride-of-choice in Fast 9, and I’ve to say, it looks positively sick to the bone. It’s easy to make out parts of the wide-body kit. The front fenders, for example, are sticking out, and the rear ones stick out even more. You can also see parts of the interior, or at least what’s left out.

From the looks of it, Toretto’s going to drive a Charger with a stripped-out cabin, which begs the question: what exactly are they putting inside that Charger?

The safe answer would be a performance kit, though, what kind? A few NOS bottles could be placed in there, too, since this is a Fast & Furious movie. The most important detail, though unconfirmed, is the placement of the engine in that Charger. There have been rumors that the Charger that Diesel will be driving in the movie will have a mid-mounted supercharged engine. Perhaps that’s the reason for the bare interior?

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In any event, these two cars will more than likely have tons of screen time when the movie rolls out, especially if the orange Supra is a tribute to Walker. And since Diesel is the star of the movie, his muscle-bound steed will be with him for a lot of those scenes. I’m not complaining. The more screen time these two cars have, the more I’m going to enjoy Fast 9. The only concern I have is that these cars could be tricked out to the point of turning them into cartoon-ish rides.

We’ve come to expect a certain amount of bombastic exaggeration in the Fast & Furious universe, but please leave these two cars alone.

Don’t put any weapons in them. Don’t put some kind of suppressed hydraulic setup that allows them to jump tall buildings in a single bound.

Use them for what they are. These two are performance cars that are meant to go fast. Their provenance within the F&F universe is important to a lot of people. Don’t waste that for a silly gimmick or a stupid and way-too-unrealistic stunt.

The plot of the movie is still unclear so at least that’s something we can look forward to. We do know that Fast 9 hits theaters on May 20, 2020. That’s a good nine months of waiting and speculating on what the franchise has in store for us in the penultimate movie. But for now, I’m fine imagining what roles the Toyota Mk5 Supra and the wide-bodied Dodge Charger will have in the movie.

Further reading

2020 Toyota Supra
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Read our full review on the 2020 Toyota Supra.

1966 Dodge Charger
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Read our full review on the 1966 Dodge Charger.

2019 Dodge Charger
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Read our full review on the 2019 Dodge Charger.

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