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See the Amazing Cars of Fast 8 Filming in New York City

We get up-close with Dom's Plymouth GTX, Hobbs' MXT, Letty's Corvette and a sizable NYPD motorcade.
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This weekend, Fast 8 stormed into New York City for a few days of frenzied filming. While Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris weren’t present, all of their hero cars were. Dom Toretto’s Plymouth GTX (with a rumored LS3 engine swap), Letty’s second-gen Corvette, Hobb’s International MXT, Roman’s Bentley Continental GT, a Jaguar F-Type belonging to Deckard (Jason Statham), Tej’s Mercedes-AMG GT, and a wide-bodied Subaru BRZ were spotted rumbling and wheeling around iconic Gotham locations.

Friday, the production shut down parts of the West Side Highway for a few race sequences, while three helicopters and three camera cars – the infamous Mercedes-Benz ML63 and Pursuit Porsche Cayenne among them – followed along to capture the action. Filming shifted to Fifth Avenue in the afternoon, where five blocks were shuttered around the Flatiron Building.

A source close to production tells us that on Fifth Ave, some on-lookers mistook the barricades and empty streets as part of a Black Lives Matter protest, standing in the middle of the road, holding up production. “They refused to move until some of the production assistants called the police. The cars were gearing up to whip around the corner at very high speeds. They got very lucky,” our insider shared.

Saturday morning, Times Square shut down for a few sequences before the crew moved to the New York Public Library and finally the Manhattan Bridge. We sent intrepid lensman Puppyknuckles to snap some exclusive photos from the shoots. Check out his incredible pictures below.

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A modded Subaru BRZ leads Letty's 'Vette through Times Square., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The slammed, two-tone Bentley Continental belonging to Tyrese's Roman Pearce., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Letty's Corvette gets a little air on take-off., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Ludacris' character Tej will be behind the wheel of this Mercedes-AMG GT., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Stunt motorcycle NYPD cops lead a motorcade down Fifth Avenue., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Inside the Subaru BRZ., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The Plymouth GTX gets in place., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Vin Diesel's stunt driver and body double gets ready to wheel his Plymouth GTX., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Behind the cameras., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The wide-bodied Subaru BRZ looking clean and mean., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The AMG GT up close., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The Jaguar F-Type of Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Getting the shot just right., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The matte grey tri-star always draws a crowd., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Inside the GTX. Starbucks for the driver, NOS for the car., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Side street lurker., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Letty's C2 from the rear, camera mount at the ready., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The GTX in motion., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Waiting to bomb around the South Street Seaport., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Would daily., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Would also daily., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The gang, lined up and waiting for action., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Vin Diesel's stunt driver and his ill-fitting bald cap., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The trunk of the Bentley Conti has been modded to film in the middle of the action., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Hi, beautiful., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Prepping the Pursuit Porsche Cayenne., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Action on Fifth Ave., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The Mercedes-Benz ML63 camera car coming through Times Square., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Custom camera car on the move., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Inside the custom camera car., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The GTX looks aggro from any angle., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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The International MTX, belonging to The Rock's Hobbs., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Filming a motorcade scene on Fifth Ave., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Speeding down Fifth Ave., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES
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Bringing up the rear of the motorcade., DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES