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.

bySean EvansJul 11, 2016 4:47 PM
See the Amazing Cars of <em>Fast 8</em> Filming in New York City
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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.

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