The Sith Lords And The Cars We See Them In
Would Darth Maul look good in a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon?by Kirby Garlitos, on
As the revelry behind Star Wars Day drew to a close, the whole galaxy is waking up to a sobering reminder that today, May 5, is no longer about having the Force on your side. Nope. Today is the Revenge of the Fifth, otherwise known as the Dark Side’s turn in the spotlight. And just as we featured two of the most powerful Jedis in the galaxy yesterday, our focus today is on the Sith Lords, the powerful Force-sensitive arch-enemies of the Jedi Order, and the cars that we can see them driving – or being driven around – when they’re not trying to conquer the galaxy.
Obviously, we’re not going to run through the whole gamut of Sith Lords that have been identified in the Star Wars universe. That’s going to take up a lot of time and effort. Instead, our focus will be on the Siths that have made an appearance in any one of the seven episodic movies of the Star Wars movie franchise. We did make one concession for one of the people – Kylo Ren – on this list since he’s not technically a Sith Lord (yet.) But we added him anyway on the chance that he ends up as one. Feel free to check out the list and you can agree or disagree with our choices in the comments section below. Better yet, make your own suggestions and let us know about them.
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Darth Maul - Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Arguably the easiest to one pair since the image and likeness of Darth Maul himself reminds me of the Dodge Challenger SRT’s Demon badge. Beyond the similarities, Darth Maul would look good behind the wheel and his super aggressive personality coincides with the Challenger SRT Demon’s power and performance capabilities. Remember, the Challenger SRT Demon is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers help the coupe sprint to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, enough time for Maul to make a quick getaway in the event he needs it. Even the red-and-black color scheme of the Challenger SRT Demon plays well into the hands of the ferocious and unforgiving Sith lord.
Darth Vader - Porsche 911 Turbo S
The most iconic of all the Sith lords deserves the most iconic of all sports cars. Specifically, let’s go for an all-black Porsche 911 Turbo S for Darth Vader, whose name also happens to have been taken from the German word “vater,” which translates to “father” in English. I’m not saying that Darth Vader is associated with Germany, just that the German ties are there with the 911 Turbo S and for what it’s worth, Vader does have some kind of motorsport history attached to his resume. Plus, there’s that “cool” factor that remain closely tied to both the iconic Star Wars character and the equally legendary German sports car. It also helps that the 911 Turbo S remains a potent machine with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 580 horsepower worth of unadulterated power. Power begets power. Darth Vader and the Porsche 911 Turbo S are made for each other.
Darth Sidious - Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard
I don’t fancy Darth Sidious – or Emperor Palpatine if you prefer to call him that – ever driving performance cars like his two apprentices. Instead, I see the last Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and the first Emperor of the Galactic Empire riding in style on board a Mercedes-Maybach S Pullman Guard. Not only does the limousine serve its purposes driving around one of the most powerful men in the galaxy at the height of his peak, but the fact that the Pullman Guard variant has plenty of bulletproof glass and body armor means that Darth Sidious won’t have to worry about any Jedi attacks when he’s on board his massive limousine.
Darth Tyranus - Audi A8
I honestly struggled placing Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku) in a car that would fit his personality, so I settled for an Audi A8, the German automaker’s flagship model that’s a step down from the Audi A8 L. I didn’t want to put Tyranus in a car similar to Sidious so the A8 should suffice for a Sith Lord who turned dark after spending the early years of his life as one of the most powerful Jedis in that order. The A8 isn’t the most powerful car in this list, but it’s still good enough to get a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine that delivers 435 horsepower and 444 pound-feet of torque. Seems suitable enough for a Sith lord like Darth Tyranus.
Bonus: Kylo Ren - Toyota GT 86
Okay, so technically Kylo Ren isn’t a Sith Lord. Not yet, at least. But he is the apprentice of Supreme Leader Snoke, who in turn has appeared only as a humanoid alien who probably has no need for a car. So in lieu of Snoke, we’re adding Ren into this list and we’re giving him a Toyota GT 86. Before I get choked out by the force, let me explain. Ren, for all intents and purposes, is still a long way away from becoming a Sith lord, if he even ends up as one. So in effect, he’s only starting his journey towards fulfilling whatever destiny he has and a Toyota GT 86 certainly fits into a potential car for the grandson of Darth Vader. The GT 86 is as good as any entry level sports car that’s out there, but it’s not yet on the level of a sports car like the Porsche 911 Turbo S. All the same, Ren still has plenty to learn if he hopes to be just as fearsome as his legendary grandfather.