More than three decades later, we’ve had a dose of nostalgia when Tom Cruise, aka Pete “Maverick” Mitchell” pushed the gas-guzzling F/A-18F Super Hornets back to breathtaking limits. Of course, although most of the film focused on aerial dogfights, we were treated to some beautiful gems both on two and four wheels.Here are all the cool rides that have appeared in Top Gun: Maverick:
Aston Martin DBR1
Sure, it was in a garage and we never saw it in action, but Pete Maverick Mitchell certainly had a penchant for retro cars. And this isn’t just any classic car, it was a 1950s endurance racer taking on the Jaguar D-type, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and Mercedes 300 SLR in 12 or 24 hour endurance races. The most coveted feat was none other than a 1-2 finish in the 1959 24 Hours of LeMans with the pair of Carroll Shelby and co-driver Roy Salvadori, breaking Ferrari’s seven-year winning streak. In fact, success at LeMans was such that Aston Martin pulled the plug on their factory racing program while leading the way.
Porsche 911 S from 1973
Given Tom Cruise’s love of Porsche 911s, it’s no surprise that the movie includes one, and what better car than the 73 911 S? But those who have seen the film know that this is not Pete Maverick Mitchell’s ride, but his beloved Penny (Jennifer Connelly) who drives this classic machine. Despite its age, the 1973 911 S was undoubtedly a poster-worthy car with its long nose, slender bumpers and, of course, its tail-happy handling. It had an air-cooled 194 hp 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine, mated to the Type 915 transmission from the 908 race car. In fact, this was the last set of 911s before the sturdier bumpers requested in the US neutered the 911’s appearance.
1986 Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900R
The year is 1986. An F-14A Tomcat pilot on his takeoff roll at NAS Miramar radios to the tower, “Uh tower, this is Ghostrider 211, we have an idiot riding a motorcycle down the taxiway and shaking his fist at us .” And the controller was probably like “Ghostrider 211, continue taking off. Ignore the idiot. That’s just Tom Cruise aka Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.” This was our first encounter with the legendary Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900R on the silver screen in 1986 in the original Top Gun movie. So naturally we were excited to see his return in the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, decked out 36 years later in the same color scheme and stickers. The GPZ900R was special not for its good movie star looks, but for the fact that it delivered serious performance – 117 hp and 85 Nm from its 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that could propel it to a top speed of 243 km / h. , making it the fastest production bike of its time.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon
Of course, if Maverick has to race modern fighters like the F/A-18F Super Hornet on the taxiways of NAS North Island, he needs a modern motorcycle as iconic as his original GPZ900R. So he chose none other than the Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon – a 998cc Supercharged inline-4 beast that puts out 231 horsepower and 142 Nm. It is, in fact, the tamer version of the track-only H2R that drove Keenan Sofoglu to 400 km/h on a closed bridge in Turkey. But even in its Carbon finish, this H2 Super Hornet will tow in the quarter mile with ease. Of course, once the fighter gets his wheels off the ground… well, I don’t think we need to tell you what happens next!