With so many movies featuring supercars and muscle cars, is there still a place for the humble sedan?
Movies in the last two decades that featured an automobile have seen that car make its way onto social media platforms or websites for open discussion – and rightfully so. The quickest way to draw attention to something is to see it on a big screen, thanks to Hollywood. Whether that is a good or bad discussion, though, depends on the car in question. For the most part, movies like the Fast and Furious franchise have punted muscle cars, supercars, and extensively modified cars, with few films leaving space for the standard family sedan. There are a few though – let’s have a look at some films and the four-door sedans they pushed into the limelight.
1. Audi A8 – Transporter 2
The Jason Statham film “The Transporter 2” features an all-wheel-drive Audi A8 that has a strapping 6.3-liter W12 engine under the hood. The monstrous powertrain makes 500 horsepower and is undoubtedly able to haul off the line – and is likely no good for fuel economy, too. However, the beautiful German sedan isn’t all about speed and instead offers a spacious cabin with comfortable seats and a large cargo hold for suitcases or the other gadgets the action hero may need.
2. BMW M3 – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The BMW 3 series is known for its sporty dynamics and performance thrills, and while Tom Cruise’s character in “Mission Impossible” may not be using a base model from the range to careen about the set, the M3 they did use seems up to the game. While other models from the F30 BMW range also offer superb handling, low-down torque, and a great eight-speed automatic transmission, the M3 is generally considered to be the best of the best.
3. Subaru WRX – Baby Driver
In the 2017 action film, “Baby Driver”, the young protagonist pilots a fiery-red Subaru WRX as a getaway car for a crime boss. And, as is expected, he does a fine job of pushing the WRX to its very limits. Cars such as the Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo have developed cult followings for their maneuverability – but this is standard of Japanese vehicles if we’re honest. Even the humble 9th-gen Honda Civic is known for being more than just a usable back seat, and while the Civic certainly won’t do in a heist, it’s still a superb car to drive!
4. Dodge Monaco – Blues Brothers
Going back quite a bit, the Bluesmobile from the Blues Brothers film was based on a 1974 Dodge Monaco. Wieldy and cumbersome it may have been due to its massive size, but for the time, the four-door sedan’s 220-hp V8 engine and rear-wheel drivetrain was old-school driving fun personified. According to some sources, a restored imitation of this bruiser has been spotted on the streets of Chicago, USA.
5. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – SRT
It’s almost impossible to say the name Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat when you’re talking about humble sedans, because this firecracker may have a sedan body, but it’s pure muscle and brawn. In comparison to the specially-outfitted one from the film, a ‘regular’ Charger SRT Hellcat comes sans the explosives and metal protective plates – but it still packs a supercharged V8 punch and is one of the meanest-looking sedans there is.