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The cars and bikes in ‘Top Gun’ may be even cooler than the planes

The cars and bikes in 'Top Gun' may be even cooler than the planes

‘Top Gun’ and its sequel, ‘Maverick’, are packed with high-flying action. But these hotshot pilots have even more fun rides when they’re back under the hard deck.

Speed ​​up your engine, listening to the howl and roar. “Top Gun” and “Top Gun: Maverick” It’s all about the planes, but the need for speed doesn’t go away once the planes are back on the ground. Both films are filled with ultra-cool metal with both two and four wheels.

That’s right, we’re going to take your breath away with the best rides from the Top Gun movies.

‘Top Gun’ cool rides

It’s hard to go wrong with the original Top Gun movie, especially with all the cool attractions in the movie.

Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900R

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Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell rides one of the most iconic movie motorcycles of all time: a specially painted Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900R. This was the first Kawasaki Ninja and the model was the founder of the modern sports bike.

Could the 900cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder chase F-14s on a starter roll? Probably not, but at 115 horsepower, this was one of the fastest production bikes in the world when new.

Yes, the paintwork isn’t quite right, and it looks more like a GPZ750R for the Euro market. That’s because it was repainted for the movie. Kawasaki reportedly wouldn’t give the production bikes to use, so they were modified. Hence the lack of logos on the side.

Porsche 356 Speedster Replica

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Charlie Blackwood, the Civil Contractor – “You will… not greet her!” — played by Kelly McGillis, runs around Miramar in a Porsche 356 Speedster. Except that the classic sports car from the 50s is not a real Porsche. Look very closely – you may need IMAX for this – and you may see the logo of the Canadian coachbuilder Intermeccanica† That company has been building its Speedster replica since 1975.

Yes, it’s more movie budget magic. But that actually makes it easier to buy the “right car” from the movie, because Intermeccanica still makes them. They’ll even turn you into an E-Roadster with electric power instead of air-cooled.

One of the scenes with the faux 356 is when Charlie is chasing an angry Maverick, and we can’t skip that chase without talking about the absolutely insane ending.

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Charlie blasts through an intersection (she doesn’t actually have a stop sign) and cuts off half a dozen cars. Those cars are a Datsun 240Z, Fox Body Ford Mustang convertible, Pontiac Trans Am, an Aerobird Ford Thunderbird and a very early Porsche 911. Is that the coolest crossover ever? How on earth did they end up with that group?

Of course it gets even better. She stops immediately and stops because the intersection is in front of her house. Just walk away while everyone is sitting there honking. It’s more boss than anything Maverick did in the movie, that’s for sure.

Forget the game, check the beach volleyball parking lot

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If somehow, after those vehicles, you had any doubts about whether there were car people behind this movie, we bring you the volleyball scene. Forget Tom Cruise is playing with the boys while wearing jeans in the sand, look at the background.

Mazda RX-7, first generation Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebirds, a third generation Camaro with T-tops, another later Firebird in the distance, a Mercedes SL and of course the 1960 or so first generation Chevrolet Corvette† It’s a great California decor of cars.

But the 1955 Chevrolet 210 just standing there off the track for the whole scene? Absolutely perfect placement. The car belonged to an actual US Naval sailor attached to Top Gun at the time, and director Tony Scott saw a photo of it on his desk. The car actually still exists, and there is a Youtube Channel who spent six episodes restoring it.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Cool Rides

Okay, so that was 1986. What about today? Tom Cruise is back, the F-14 Tomcats have been traded for Super Hornets, and the cars (and bikes) are still cool. We didn’t get to spend as much time with “Maverick” as the original, but we found some really fun rides nonetheless.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon

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The Ninja from the original makes a cameo appearance, but nearly 40 years later, a new bike is in town.

This time, however, Maverick is riding a Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon. A 998cc supercharged engine that makes 200 horsepower and has a top speed of over 200 mph. One of these bikes set a record on the Isle of Man TT track, achieving the fastest top speed on that track by a motorcycle.

This Kawi might be able to keep up with those fighter planes for much longer. And Mav will want to put on a helmet this time. It’s not 1986 anymore.

Porsche 911 S from 1973

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Jennifer Connelly has replaced Kelly McGillis as Tom Cruise’s love interest in ‘Maverick’, but Penny drives a Porsche just like Charlie.

Make that, she actually drives a Porsche, because this one is real. A 1973 Porsche 911 S model that the director thought was a great combination with the character’s love for sailboats. It’s hard to argue with the coolness of a 911, but early cars like this are definitely not up for debate. Even if a 2.3L flat-six and 190hp aren’t that impressive these days.

What we love is that Porsche launched an ad based on the new ride, with the tagline “Porsche and Top Gun, back together.” Conveniently ignoring that the first wasn’t actually a Porsche.

1956 Aston Martin DBR1

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The trailer and music video for Maverick gives us a peek inside Pete Mitchell’s garage and, well, someone’s got to get some of that sweet, sweet defense contractor advisor. What do we mean?

Well, forget the bracket of motorcycles, including the Ninja, from the original. We also don’t mean the P-51 Mustang (which actually belongs to Tom Cruise), even if that’s worth seven figures.

we mean the Aston Martin DBR1 tucked away on the side. Built in 1956, these Aston Martins were intended for sports car races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours (where they won in 1959). Only five were built, and the last one sold at auction fetched $22.5 million in 2017.

Maverick better hope the IRS doesn’t get a peek inside that garage, or maybe some explanation is needed and the garage might look like a flea market soon.

Classic Ford Bronco

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OK, the last one, and this time it’s the one leading the trailer. We don’t want to get into spoilers, but one of the characters is a strange return from the first movie. Rooster (we’re not sure if that’s the best call sign) jumps out of a first-generation Bronco.

The off-road icon has almost always been cool, but with the all-new Ford Bronco the original returns to the dealers and is cooler than ever. That’s a dangerous metaphor to put in a movie that’s a sequel nearly 40 years after the original. On the other hand, Ford clearly pulled it off, and it looks like “Maverick” did too.

The brief glimpse of Bronco we get shows that the deep blue off-roader looks almost perfect on chunky off road tires sitting in a dark Nevada desert. On the other hand, the original Bronco looks perfect almost anywhere, which is why it’s a great choice for this hotshot kite.

If you’d like to see more of it, or any of the rest of these, “Top Gun: Maverick” is: still in the cinema

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