The story behind crashing the Saleen Mustang in “2 Fast 2 Furious”

A Saleen Mustang had a brief but memorable appearance in 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious,” getting torn to shreds by a semi truck after just a few minutes of screen time. That scene almost didn’t happen, according to Craig Lieberman, who served as technical advisor for the first two “Fast and Furious” films. It wasn’t even in the script.

In the movie, the Mustang is destroyed during a race between the undercover-cop heroes and a group of bad guys competing for the same criminal gig. That part was in the script, but a highway race was deemed too boring on its own, so the production crew decided to add some crashes to liven things up.

Producers were also looking for a greater variety of cars. To contrast the heroes’ Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and Mitsubishi Evo VII, some muscle cars were thrown in—hence the Mustang. At the time, Saleen was

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The 2020 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE

Wait, hold up, a turbo rear-drive coupe with a performance package against a Camry? Yes, actually. Since these are sporty versions of their kinds, let’s compare some core specs:

2020 Toyota Camry TRD2020 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE 2LT
PRICE: $32,625 (base)PRICE: $32,395 (base)
POWER: 301 hp @ 6,600 rpmPOWER: 275 hp @ 5,600 rpm
TORQUE: 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpmTORQUE: 295 lb-ft @ 3,000-4,500 rpm
WEIGHT: 3,575 lbWEIGHT: 3,393 lb
0-60 MPH: 5.8 sec0-60 MPH: 5.4 sec
L x W x H: 194.6 x 73.1 x 56.3 inL x W x H: 188.3 x 74.7 x 53.1 in
EPA MILEAGE: 22/31 mpg (city/hwy)EPA MILEAGE: 20/30 mpg (city/hwy)

Well, would you look at that—they’re closer than you might think. In fact, buy a Camry and you get the edge in power, and by a not-so-thin margin: Toyota’s V-6 pumps out

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