Ok, so it’s no secret the “Fast and the Furious” line of movies have been a thorn in the side of domestic muscle car owners, in fact the flock of rice (modded imports) taking over the streets of cities nationwide was sparked by this series. It’s also no secret we’ve made fun of those cars too (insert fart-can comment, riceburner, boeing 747 inspired race wing that actually hurts their traction rather than help, etc.).
Apparently the ‘hero’ of this latest F&F film is a ’67 Mustang fastback that eventually sports a Nissan RB26DETT, a twin-turbo 2.6-liter DOHC 24-valve straight-six from the ’holy grail’ of imports… a mid-’90s Nissan Skyline GT-R. This thing laid down 340 rear wheel horsepower at 7,300 rpm, enough to move it to a respectable 13.32 @ 109.83 mph in the quarter-mile. Yikes!
Domestic guys are pissed because this very clean and very classic ‘Stang has been outfitted with a treasure trove of Japanese tuning parts. We’re not just talking about a GReddy sticker here or an ARC intercooler there, we’re talking about the fact that the people at Universal (the movie company behind the film) yanked out the pony car’s beloved American powerplant and shoehorned a Japanese engine under the hood.
Import guys are pissed because the Japanese engine in question is the RB26DETT, also known as the engine found in the holy grail of all Japanese performance cars, the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Import guys feel that this engine is the pinnacle of uber high-tech Japanese engineering, and to throw it in a 40-year-old ill-handling relic is nothing short of sacrilege.
Either way, expect this trend to spread further. What’s next? A 1970 Challenger stuffed with a B20 Honda engine, a ’67 Camaro DSM, or how about a Plymouth Roadrunner with an AWD STI setup? You heard it first right here.