Cars of the Transporter Trilogy

Posted on 10 May 2013 by Tony Santos

The Transporter Trilogy is arguably one of this generation’s most action-packed and most exhilarating movie series that features jaw-dropping cars that would leave any car enthusiast drooling. Different to the infamous tuner world that the Need for Speed franchise has created, Transporter movies mostly depict high-end, luxury cars that not only look good, but more importantly, drives fast as well —-these aren’t your ordinary Car transportation services. Here, we take a look at the trilogy’s featured cars.

BMW 7 Series E38

BMW 735i E38

The BMW E38 model was the backbone of the BMW 7series automobiles from 1995-2001. They were offered with either a five-speed automatic or manual transmission. The 735i, which is produced between 1998 and 2001, and is featured in the original Transporter movie, features a 3.5L M62TUB35 V8, rated at 233bhp (174kW) and with a torque of 254lb-ft. A four-door saloon with an FR layout, the BMW 735i was manufactured in Germany and Mexico and was designed by Boyke Boyer in 1991.Features of the 735i include: high pressure headlight washers, auto-leveling xenon HID headlamps, power sunroof, 14-speaker sound system, onboard satellite navigation, automatic climate control, and front-seat side airbags and Head Protection System (HPS) for safety purposes.

Mercedes-Benz W140

Mercedes-Benz W140

The Mercedes-Benz W140 is part of a series of top-of-the-line vehicles from the German automaker. Unveiled in December 1990 and debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in 1991, the W140 S-class was rationalized in late 1993 to follow the company’s new naming convention. Short (SE) and long (SEL) wheelbase sedans were first offered, with the coupe (SEC) wheelbase following in 1992.In terms of features innovation, the W140 offers a lot that eventually became industry standards. For safety, the W140 boasts of a distributed braking system that provides more stopping power to the rear wheels, aiding in stopping effectiveness. It also features Brake Assist, a technology that engages during emergency maneuvers to maximize braking power. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is also leveraged to improve vehicle handling response during difficult driving conditions. Side airbags and occupancy sensors are also standard to the vehicle.

All-in-all, the Mercedes-Benz W140 series had a total of 432,732 units produced, comprising of 406,710 sedans and 26,022 coupes.

Audi W12

Audi A8 6.0 W12

The Audi A8 is a four-door, luxury sedan manufactured since 1994. It succeeds the Audi V8 and is now on its third generation. Offered with both front or all-wheel drive variants, as well as in short and long wheelbase variants, the original model was first released in 1994, with the second one in 2002 and with the third and current generation in 2009. The Audi A8 is the first mass-marketed vehicle to sport an aluminum chassis.

The Audi A8 6.0 W12 featured in the Transporter 2 and 3 movies is the top-of-the-line version of the second generation D3 or Type 4E produced from 2002 to 2009. It was built on the Volkswagen Group D3 platform and built with room for four to five adult occupants in the cabin. The W12 engine powering this beast features a compact packaging that allowed Audi to build a 12-cylinder sedan with an all-wheel drive configuration. The W12 is a 6.0L engine with 444bhp and 430lb-ft of torque at 4700rpm. The Audi A8 6.0 W12 can sprint from 0-60mph in 5.1seconds and has a top speed of 155mph.

Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster

Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster

The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster is an iteration of the original Murcielago, which is a two-door, two-seater sports car produced by the Italian automaker between 2001 and 2010. It is the company’s successor to the Diablo and flagship of the automaker’s lineup under the ownership of their German parent company Audi. It was first introduced in 2004 and was primarily designed to be an open-top car. It employs a manually attached soft roof for bad driving conditions, although the manufacturer sets a top speed of 100mph when the roof is in place.

The Murcielago Roadster is powered by a 6.2L V12 engine, which is rated at 572bhp with 479lb-ft of torque. It can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.5seconds and has a top speed of 205mph.


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