Elsewhere, Dominic Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger is already a legend among fans of the franchise. But despite the great trips, one car in particular caught our attention and it was a Honda S2000 from the movie “Fast and the Furious”.
In the first part of the saga, Johnny Tran was the ultimate bad boy, so he needed the worst car the producers could find. Unsurprisingly, his 1999 Honda S2000 was exactly what we’d expect of a villain or king of the underworld racing. Whereas, in the movie, Johnny Tran’s character invested a staggering $100,000 to pimp his ride, a Honda S2000 usually sells for a much lower price tag. Although it’s worth noting that in 2021, the S2000 CR sold for $117,111 on Bring a Trailer.
Originally, Honda was supposed to be a Johnny Tran Mustang
Picture this: Johnny Tran drives his Ford Mustang, Brian O’Conner plays an undercover cop, and Dominic Toretto chases after the rival gang. It doesn’t seem right. As much as we appreciate the pony car, the Ford Mustang is not out of place in this story, but in the original that was the Tran car.
According to Motor Authority, choosing the Ford Mustang as the Tran “didn’t make sense in a movie about tuner cars.” The digital publication also states that producers went with the S2000 after seeing a modified black S2000. Presumably they thought bad guys should ride in black cars. Another movie legend says the Mustang was dropped because the car was unpopular with the Asian tuner audience.
Johnny Tran Honda S2000: The Champion Car & Replicas
Before franchising became a global phenomenon, budgets were tight, so producers were struggling to find and secure the most tuner-friendly cars. Unsurprisingly, they tried to get around the problem by renting some great cars in the down payment. For example, Johnny Tran’s Honda S2000 was rented from RJ DeVera aka Danny Yamato, who had a small cameo in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Although Yamato had minimal screen time, the Honda car played a bigger role, and it clearly stole the show. As for the producer of the film, having acquired the hero’s car, they went on and built no less than three replicas.
Johnny Tran Honda S2000 was the best the design
While Tran’s Honda may not have $100,000 under the hood, it sure does look like a million dollars. It seems that every corner of the Tran’s Honda S2000 is designed to impress and intimidate at the same time. Today’s Veilside Millennium body kit and wings are selling for thousands of dollars, but most car aficionados would agree that the complete kit is worth every penny. Not only that, but the Tran also had 18×8.5 Motegi-track-oriented wheels.
Naturally, this helped Honda reach a top speed of 155 mph, and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. The Honda S2000 also reached the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds at 101 mph. Without a doubt, the 295 hp without nitrous (and 370 hp with nitrous) under the hood helped Johnny Tran win all races before.
The production reused Tran’s Honda S2000 for a different movie and character
As mentioned earlier, tight budgets were forcing managers and producers to come up with innovative ideas. So apart from renting cars, they were also reusing them. Gearheads and “Fast and Furious” fans have spent years raving about Johnny Tran and Suki cars. And that’s because they’re exactly the same car!
Despite the shimarin pink color and feminine graphics, the Honda S2000 from Suki is actually a black Tran, very sinister and aggressive. Initially, the plan was for Suki to drive a Toyota MR2 Spider for the movie “2 Fast 2 Furious.” To this end, producers bought four Toyota cars in the hope of personalizing them, but in the end, they abandoned the idea altogether and turned their attention to the Honda S2000. After repainting it in a more feminine shade, upholstering the interior in Barbie’s same pink, and decorating the exterior with cartoon graphics, the Honda S2000 was ready for screen time.