Transporter movie cars- a review

  1. “Respect a man’s car, and the man will respect you”
  2. “Greet the man”
  3. “Seat belt”
  4. “Never drink coffee in the car”
  5. “If you take care of the car, the car will take care of you”

If you abide by these rules, you may proceed.

The Fast and Furious was a great franchise, but nothing beats the Transporter when it comes to class, sophistication and action.

More so, Jason Statham plays Frank Martin in the movies, nobody is as classy as him when it comes to action movies. The Transporter franchise was pretty successful, so much so that there is a TV show named Transporter Series, with a different Frank Martin.

The French film series, Transporter was a success from 2002-2008. The protagonist (Jason Statham) named Frank Martin is a professional Freelance courier driver for hire. Jason Statham is an accomplished martial artist and the stunts performed in the movies show Jason Statham in action. The Hong Kong style fight scenes are performed by Jason himself and so this movie was a block buster hit.

This article is going to give you a brief overview on the cars that were seen in the Transporter movies and the series. The article also includes rumors and news about the forthcoming Transporter movie named “Transporter Legacy

First, let’s take a look at the cars that were seen in the Transporter movies.

1999 BMW 735i E38:

The BMW 735i was the first car that Frank Martin uses in the first transporter movie, till its blown into pieces. The production of the 735i started in 1998 (Mid-year) to 2001 (mid-year)

Originating from Germany, the E38 BMW was quite a luxurious sedan that had a RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) and it was offered only in Europe.  This 5 speed auto transmission car was powered by a V8 engine. It produced 345 Nm of torque @ 3800 RPM. Although the styling of the car was a bit off, these cars were sheer performers and combined luxurious interiors. This BMW went as fast as 228 kmph or 142 mph as claimed by the factory. The car accelerated from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds, although it does not seem too fast, it was quite good then. The mileage delivered ranged between 21.3mpg to 25.6 mpg.

Mercedes-Benz W140:

Soon after Frank’s car is blown into shreds and after the bad guy pow-pow action, Frank takes the Mercedes Benz W140 by force.  The Merc W140 is a series of flagship vehicles that were produced in the late 90’s by German auto maker Mercedes Benz. The W140 was unveiled on November 16th 1990. The W140 came in both sedan and coupe versions. The sedan versions were powered by 3, 3.2, 3.5, 4.2,5 and 6 liter Turbo-Diesel engine models. Safety and Comfort were of utmost importance in these Mercedes models. A few safety features included; Effective Braking systems, Brake Assist and more power while stopping the car. ESP (Electronic Stability Program) that used on-board computers to improve vehicle handling response when the driving conditions used to get really difficult.  Again, these cars lacked the modern style, but they were considered pretty elegant back then.

2004 Audi A8 6.0 W12:

Making a fresh entry and beginning a new relation with Audi, the Transporter 2 movie focused on the Audi A8. Soon after Frank Martin’s BMW and his home are blown to pieces, he gets himself a new home and a new car.

The Audi A8 was produced between 2004 and 2011. Currently Audi has discontinued the 6.0 W12 models.

Powered by a W12 spark-ignition engine, DOHC with 5998 cc displacement ready for action, the A8 produced 580 Nm of torque @ 4000 RPM.  The car went as fast as 250kmph and accelerated from0-100 in just 5.2 seconds. It was clearly an action machine that made fans worldwide love Audi more than ever.

Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster:

The transporter 2 movie had a pleasant surprise during the end. Jason Statham drives a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster during the pursuit scene.

The Murcielago Roadster was powered by a V12 60 degree, light-alloy block, Longitudinal central rear mounted engine that had a permanent four-wheel drive and viscous traction system. The bull powered 640 BHP and produced 660 Nm of torque @ 6000 RPM.

Audi A8 6.0 W12 Face lift:

The Transporter 3 movie was released after the previous transporter was a smashing success and Frank Martin drove a 2008 Face lifted Audi A8 6.0 W12.

With a 5998 cc, 4 cylinder DOHC 6-liter W12 Spark Ignition Engine that produced 446 bhp, the A8 produced 580 Nm torque @ 4000 RPM. This sedan delivered 4 mph mileage in the city and 7 on the highway. But then again, mileage isn’t really a concern for those who buy such a car. The 6 speed auto transmission on this car made an ever lasting impression in the movie.

Statham’s Cars:

Jason Statham is a big car enthusiast. As lady luck is in his favor, he owns various Audi cars and a Lamborghini too. His car collection is pretty awesome; he promotes the Transporter series quite magnificently.

"Jason Statham's cars"
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Transporter Legacy:

Transporter Legacy is scheduled to release in June 2015. Sadly, we wont be seeing Jason Statham playing the role of Frank Martin. Let’s hope Ed Skrein plays Martin’s character as good as Jason did. There aren’t any updates on the cars that are going to be used, let’s hope we find some aggressive rides on screen. 🙂

Vehicles used in Batman movies

Bat mobile

When Gotham city was in peril, there was a hero to salvage humans from destruction. Our hero avenged the city quite well on the 35 mm screen. But what’s more interesting apart from the blows and punches are the vehicles used in the Batman movies.

Not only were there different lead actors playing the role of batman, the vehicles were meaner and maintained their “sang-froid” composure even during ill-timed situations.

Here’s a list of the vehicles used to either onslaught enemies and their deleterious plans or represent the mighty powerful Bruce Wayne and his eccentricity.

Read on:

1960’s Bat mobile:

Based on the Lincoln Futura Show Car, that was created by William M. Schmidt and his team, the TV Bat mobile was an inspired design by the mako shark as well as the manta ray. This Bat mobile was shown in the TV show from 1966-1968.

The Ford Concept car known as the Lincoln Futura was built in Italy by Ghia. Initially, a 1959 Cadillac was used to fabricate the Bat mobile. But, as it turns out that the studio wanted a faster car, the new Concept car was built from scratch.

1960's Batmobile
Image Source: www.eagletransporter.com

When the filming of the TV series had begun, there were several problems that the team had to face due to the age of the car. The car overheated and the battery refused to grace the Bat. Later, the engine and the transmission of the car were replaced with a Ford Galaxies’.

 

Bat copter:

It started with the Bell 47 functional helicopter that was designed by Bell Helicopter Textron in 1941. The Bat copter was provided by National Helicopter Service to give Batman an additional pair of wings. Based on a G3B-1 model, the copter was fitted with canvas-covered tubular frames and was painted red; of course superhero’s love colors too. On the front side, there was a head of a bat painted while the Batman symbol was painted on the side. Albeit, the new and interesting design was supposedly “superhero-like” the redesigned wings reduced the power of the bat copter by 50% There were a lot of vehicles used in the Batman movie and TV series. However, 20th Century Fox was leased for the movie and cost Fox $ 750 a day for a period of 5 days.

[caption id="attachment_3640" align="aligncenter" width="579"]Bat Copter Image Source: batman.wikia.com[/caption] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_euZrYb0WfI Batman-and-Robin-Bat mobile: The bold and aggressive looking Batman-and-Robin Bat mobile  had the Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 off road racing motor engine that delivered a top speed as high as 350 mph (after installing the afterburner thrust) The new Bat Mobile boasted all new 22" proto-type Goodyear tires gleaming with the Bat emblem that was embossed on the treads. The new mobile also flaunted a single rear cockpit, independent suspension as well as illuminated hubcaps and pulsing chassis lights. The new design was just the right amount of stunning as a superhero’s vehicle should be.
[caption id="attachment_3641" align="aligncenter" width="500"]"Batman-and-Robin-Bat mobile" Image Source: www.flickr.com[/caption] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fQpyvFLFD4 Bat wing: Looks like a bat, glides like a jet. The Batwing made its debut in the Batman Forever movies. The original Batwing was destroyed towards the end of the first film. It was however, rebuilt and upgraded later. The Bat wing has an ejection pod as well that doubled as a mini sub. The movie had focused on combating enemies like the Joker and the Riddler with the Bat Wing.
[caption id="attachment_3642" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]"Bat Wing" Image Source: www.comicbookmovie.com[/caption] Bat Mobile Tumbler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFnu_Lg0GI0 This omnipotent ride is featured in the Batman Begins, Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises movies. Designed as a Land vehicle at Wayne Enterprises, the Tumbler contains high tech weaponry, ability to jump, and a wide array of gadgets. The Tumbler features a pair of machine guns that are placed on the front of the tumbler between its wheels. The Tumbler has features and gadgets that include; Rocket Launcher, Twin Forwarding-Firing Machine Guns, Landing Hook to Sprung Landing Stabilization, Vector-Controlled Jet Engine placed on the rear side of the Bat Mobile that boosts agile jumps, Twin Forward- Firing machine guns, Fire-Extinguishing System, Safety Connection to Gasoline control, Stealth mode that turn’s off the Tumbler’s lights and powers off the engine. The Tumbler’s engine is powered by an electric motor that is built to provide accurate stealth mode during night. The Tumbler also deploys explosive mines from the rear of the vehicle. Also, in case the tumbler collides, the front wheels eject and forms the Bat pod. The Tumbler stampedes from 0-60 in just 5.6 seconds. The best part is when the vehicle is fully accelerated and rises up on its front suspension, making it look massive and powerful. The Tumbler is powered by a 5.7 Liter GM engine that produces whooping 500 HP. The vehicle has a Jet Engine as well as vector controls that allow the tumbler to jump as high as 6 feet vertically. Interested in buying one? It costs $ 1 million (street legal version)
[caption id="attachment_3643" align="aligncenter" width="1653"]"The Bat Mobile Tumbler" http://www.gtcarzone.com/[/caption]   Bat Cycle (Bat Pod): The Bat Cycle otherwise known as the Bat Pod is a modified street-bike that has a 786 cc liquid cooled V4 Engine. The Bat cycle features a computer-controlled carburetor as well as a bulletproof wind-guard. Its 20’’ front and rear tires are massive and perform quite well on any road (Yes, Indian roads too :P) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPaTv98wUsE The high-performance, water-cooled, single-cylinder engine makes the Pod accelerate away to infinity. Interestingly, the engine’s noise was designed around the shepard tone, for which sound effects came, in part, from the sound of the Tesla Roadster’s Electric Motor. The Pod ejects out of the Tumbler and its front wheels become the Pod’s front and rear wheels. What Happens to the rest of the Tumbler? Well it tumbles away to self-destruction.
[caption id="attachment_3644" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]"Bat Pod" Image Source: www.caranddriver.com[/caption]   Lamborghini Murcielago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S3CNd2xY9k Apart from crime fighting, Batman’s alter-ego, the eccentric billionaire with soirees to attend, Bruce Wayne, the day time alias of batman drives his Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640. The Lambo does its rapid bit of classy driving with fancy moves and stunning looks. The two-door coupe is powered by a V-12 60 degree, Light alloy block, longitudinal central rear mounted, four-wheel drive engine with viscous traction system. The bull powers up 640 horses under its hood and produces a max torque of 660 Nm @ 6000 RPM.
[caption id="attachment_3645" align="aligncenter" width="720"]"Lamborghini Murcielago in Batman" Image Source: www.imcdb.org[/caption]   Lamborghini Aventador: Unique styling, ultimate care and attention to the tiniest of details, the Aventador is definitely carries an extrovert personality. Under its reptilian carbon fiber skin, the Aventador has a 6.5 liter V 12 engine with a 7-speed single clutch gearbox. More so, this Lambo sprints from 0-60 in just 3 seconds. Under its hood are 691 raging horses that drive you to a top speed of 217 mph.  You’d love this car not just because Bruce Wayne drives it in the Dark Knight rises. This car is pretty unique and it is by far the best from the house of Lamborghini. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G41fFavZxQ
[caption id="attachment_3646" align="aligncenter" width="540"]"Lamborghini Aventador in Batman" Image Source: teamspeed.com[/caption]  

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