Thursday, January 24, 2008

Old KITT vs. New KITT

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.

7 comments:

furiousBall said...

screw that new one. there is one KITT.

SQT said...

Yeah, I think a lot of people feel that way. It'll be interesting to see how the new KITT is received.

Carl V. said...

I grew up a fan of the old Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am and hated the new models when they came out, so it won't hurt my feelings that they decide to go back to more of a stylish muscle car look with this one.

Charles Gramlich said...

I want the new car.

SQT said...

Carl, I like the old Trans Am better too. My dad was a car salesman back in the day and he used to bring home Trans Ams all the time. The Smokey and the Bandit version with the bird on the hood. So I have a soft spot for those.

Charles, the Shelby is sweet isn't it? We have a neighbor with a classic 60's Shelby Cobra that is sooooooo nice. He bought it back in college (he's in his 40's now) and has kept it in pristine condition. Now that's a car.

Fab said...

I loved that show as a kid. I'm a child of the 80's - and as a 5-year old I usually sat down in front of the tv (bad parenting?) and was in awe of that talking car!

Carl V. said...

Lucky you! I got a chance to drive one of those Trans Ams a few times when my friend owned one briefly. It was a beat up old thing but man was that thing fast!