Thursday, January 24, 2008
Until the Knight Rider movie airs in February, there's no way of knowing if the it will be worth watching. What we do know is that Pontiac is not currently producing the Trans Am and so the producers of the movie have elected to use the soon-to-be-released Mustang Shelby GT500KR. Here's a look at the Shelby in action. And Popular Mechanics gives us the breakdown of the old vs. the new. Knight Industries Two Thousand: 1982 Pontiac Trans Am Vehicle Type: Front engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupe Engine Type: Knight Industries turbojet with modified afterburners Transmission: Eight-speed microprocessor turbodrive with autopilot Price New: $11,400,000 (est.) Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph: 0.2 seconds with power boosters. Standing quarter mile: 4.286 seconds Braking (70 to 0 mph): 14 ft. Fuel Economy: Classified, but thought to be 200 mpg Knight Industries Three Thousand: 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Vehicle Type: Front engine, on-demand all-wheel drive, two-door coupe Engine Type: Aluminum block/titanium heads 5.4-liter V8 internal combustion with Whipple supercharger and Knight Industries liquid air cycle auxiliary turbine engine. 540 hp in Hero mode. Power output can’t be measured in Attack mode. Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with infinite power band Price New: $45.6 million, as tested Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph: 1.77 seconds. Standing quarter mile: 3.87 seconds Braking (300 to 0 mph): 12 ft. Fuel Economy: Not testable Get a load of the price tag on the Mustang! (Not that the Trans Am was cheap) I don't know if this show will be silly or not. But I'll give it a chance.