Terminator movies are great.
They’re full of big action, amazing stunts, huge fireballs, flying sparks and computer parts at the mercy of high explosives. Melted, twisting, shot up, burning metal … and that’s just what happens to the cars!
Now, the movie is in theaters today, and we’ve only seen the trailer so far, but the vehicles that will probably not still be in one piece by the end are some pretty cool sets of wheels, even by Terminator movie standards.
2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit
The classic Crown Victoria LTD police cruiser has begun to see the end of its service life across the U.S., but is in the process of being replaced with some pretty serious automotive hardware.
The old “Crown Vicks” had a 4.6L V8 that pumped out 250 horsepower. They had plenty of muscle, but they were also very solidly built (read: heavy). Too keep up with the more aggressive demands of modern automotive technology and performance, many police departments wanted something faster. The Dodge Charger Pursuits deliver a whopping 370 horsepower under the hood of a more svelte – but still securely framed – body design. Unless the officer driving is trying to chase a supercar, they’re usually well equipped for the task at hand. Taking all the updated features that keep our honorable peace officers comfortable, aware and safe, they are a welcome addition to the fleets of many police departments.
Even so, I wouldn’t bet on them standing up well in a fight with multiple murderbots from the future.
1982 Datsun 280ZX
The classic Japanese import, sporting a 180-horsepower production engine, was the car that shook up and challenged the American muscle car. The first model was introduced to the U.S. market in 1970, and it quickly became a popular option for sports car enthusiasts. Inexpensive and a fresh departure from its larger-block U.S. contemporaries that mostly excelled in going fast while driving in a straight line, these agile sportsters did exceptionally well in the professional racing circuits worldwide. The Datsun shown in the “Terminator: Genisys” movie trailer is the second-generation edition of the well-loved coupe.
Our prediction of how likely it is to fare well in the movie: All signs point to BOOM.
AM General HMMWV M998
When the military needs a light armored transport, they look no further than the iconic Humvee. With a standard 6.2L V8 that produces 190 horsepower, it’s not exactly the fastest armored personnel carrier out there. What it lacks in speed, however, it makes up for in durability and reliability. Adopted in 1985, these beefy vehicles have been fielded in tough situations for a long time, and when expertly maintained, keep moving forward.
However, even with proper maintenance, we’re guessing that Terminator-induced mayhem will probably make a field-ready Humvee spring an oil leak or at least mess with the alignment.
1978 International Harvester S-Series, Armored
A popular platform for armoring to transport cash and other valuables, these workhorses were part of the International Harvester lineup as far back as 1935, and have been a dependable chassis design for everything from dump trucks to school buses. Navistar International (formerly International Harvester) also makes other armored vehicle platforms, including the MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected), which is currently in use by the U.S. military.
BUT – when superhumanly strong cyborgs from the future start throwing these at each other like tennis balls, I’m not sure how well the hardened steel armor plating will withstand the strain.
We’ll see. “Terminator: Genisys” is out in theaters today.
“Terminator: Genisys” Official movie trailer #2: