Cool Gear: Fast & Furious Lego Dodge Charger

The latest film in the Fast & Furious franchise may have been pushed back until 2021 by the coronavirus outbreak, but that hasn’t stopped Lego from unveiling a 1,077-piece Technic version of main character Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Charger. And with much of the world on enforced lockdown, the kit could prove the perfect antidote to homebound boredom.

The Charger featured in the first 2001 Fast & Furious movie, has put in various appearances in subsequent sequels, and is set to return in the forthcoming film. Just like the real car, the Lego Technic version comes with a V8 engine, complete with moving pistons.

Double wishbone suspension, nitro bottles mounted in the boot, a wheelie bar and cockpit fire extinguisher all feature, as does a stand that allows the model to recreate the wheelies performed by the film car.

The car on which it’s based is the powerful R/T version of the second-generation Charger, built from 1968 to 1971. The stock R/T (short for road and track) Charger came with a 7.2-litre 440 Magnum engine, with a more powerful 7.0-litre Hemi engine optional. Modifications to the Fast & Furious version of the Charger include a vast supercharger, recreated in the Lego kit.

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The 1:13-scale model is aimed at builders aged 10 and above, and is available to pre-order today, with global sales opening on 27 April. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but similarly complex Technic sets retail for around $250.

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