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KITT, is that you buddy?

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A lot of people on Motortopia probably remember watching the original "Knight Rider" series on NBC. That was the first glimpse for most of us of the 3rd generation Firebird/Trans Am, and back in 1982, man did that car look futuristic. And I'm not just talking about the Hollywood-added technical stuff, I mean the car itself. Unfortunately, toward the end of the series run, the show became too cheesy to watch for all but the most loyal of fans, but that didn't lessen the appeal of the Trans Am any. Even the horrible spin-offs, Knight Rider 2000, Knight Rider 2010, and Team Knight Rider, couldn't tarnish our memories of the original KITT.

Fast-forward twenty years. I'm sure most of you are aware that NBC is releasing a new made-for-tv Knight Rider movie in February. Sure, they replaced "The Hoff" with a fresh young actor (playing Michael Knight's son), the only thing most of us care about is KITT. Recently, NBC revealed that the "Knight Industries Two Thousand" has now been replaced by the "Knight Industries Three Thousand" and it is... a MUSTANG.

The day that was released, you could hear a collective scream from the KITT lovers. How could KITT be a Mustang? Knight Rider and a Trans Am go together like Starsky & Hutch. Crocket & Tubbs. Jon & Ponch. Bo & Luke. How could they do this?

Well, I guess it was inevitable. It's not like they had much choice, since the Firebird is no longer in production. Some people say they could've used a new Camaro, but those aren't out yet. Or they could have taken a Pontiac GTO/Holden Manaro chassis and built a custom Firebird body (based on the new Camaro styling), similar to how they did the same thing to create the new Camaro for the Transformers movie, since, again, the REAL new Camaro isn't out yet. But that wouldn't work either, this is a made-for-tv movie and they don't have the same budget that a big summer blockbuster has to pull that off. Maybe a Corvette, but there isn't much room in there for all of the KITT stuff, plus the composite panels would probably fly off the car after the first "turbo-boost" assisted jump. Or they could've went the retro route and used a 4th-gen Trans Am. The remakes of The Dukes of Hazzard and Herbie the Love Bug both kept the same cars as the originals. But what self-respecting private crime-fighting organization funded by a billionaire would use an old car?

So the obvious solution was to find a new KITT. They probably had to rule out any foreign cars, as this is an American show and an American "hero", so they need to use an American car. And they need a performance car. And one that is rear-wheel drive with not much traction, so they can have cool chase scenes. And one that doesn't look like just an average sedan. So about the only choice is the Mustang. Sure, the current Mustang has been out long enough that it blends into the current car landscape almost as much as a Toyota Camry, but at least they made it look like a Shelby GT500KR.

So what do you think? Did they choose the correct car for KITT? If not, what would you have chosen? And what if someone decided to remake Smokey and the Bandit and they not only replaced Burt Reynolds with some young actor (to be expected) but they replaced the black and gold Trans Am with a Mustang?

If you haven't already, click on the image below to check out the 2 minute trailer that NBC has released, to see the new KITT:



Post your comments and let us know what you think!

(p.s. And if you dare... here is a video of The Hoff and the original KITT starring in one of his... umm... music videos. Click here if you dare.)

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JoeBane
Mar 30, 2008 at 8:08 am
Uh, The 60's are antique......I was born in the 60's. It's almost 2010...wink image
 
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CrimsonKrush
Feb 28, 2008 at 10:23 am
Thought it was pretty good even with a Mustang. But as others have stated what else where they going to use as you need a bunch of cars for stunts. Wreaking custom cars can get very expensive very fast not to mention the time it would take to repair them to get them back in production. Now I do think the new Caddy CTS would have been a killer KITT car but I suppose the Jeeves butler voice asking Michael it he would 'like some grey pupon' would be kind of cheesey.

BTW for those who missed it heres a link to the movie...
http://video....mp;autoplay=1
 
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frank76ta
Feb 19, 2008 at 9:54 pm
I was actually impressed with the show they had a good story and worked in a way it actually continues with the old series. I wish my car can repair the dings I get here in Houston. I hope they continue with it.
 
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TexasDon
Feb 17, 2008 at 1:36 am
Glad to see the change!
 
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rotwiler
Feb 10, 2008 at 11:03 pm
At first I was saying the same thing(use the new Camaro), then I seen the commercial and looks like a advertisement made to sell the Mustang. So after seeing it, I think Ford is putting up some of the money for the series.
 
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kitt2000
Feb 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm
don colie makes a pretty nice kit to convert a 4th gen t/a into a kitt replica, i forgot all about it til I looked at his site, now theres an idea for the show that was overlooked.. to see what im talking about goto. www.adiautotech.com and click on the 4th gen product section
 
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mystiemf
Feb 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm
I agree that it just won't be the same without the Trans-Am. I think they should have done something to make the Kevin Morgan concept Trans Am the new K.I.T.T. Either way I am still excited about seeing the show make a return I just hope that it isn't a let down.
 
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Feb 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm
My gawd! It's a TV show not about a car and here are a bunch of GM knuckle draggers moaning about using a Mustang. Get a life and get over it! The Mustang was the only choice and the GT500KR is 10 times the car a T/A ever was.....talking about a rust bucket those old T/A's had pleanty of rust problems as I recall.
 
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crazydave
Feb 2, 2008 at 5:10 pm
should have stay GM
 
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kitt2000
Feb 2, 2008 at 2:36 pm
ok , let me retort just a little here, my comment about fords attributing to TKRs failure was taken a little out of context. ask any of the millions of people who watched the original on NBC and ask them what kind of car it was- they will say "trans am" TKR went off on their own story lines and own vehicles and made very few references to the original to tie plots together and wasnt a very good written series. Im not saying to have a successful tv show or movie of any kind you need to stick a pontiac in it, you can put the most beautiful looking car it in but if the show sucks its not gonna last. All I can say is that the writing and production better be top notch mustang or not or its not gonna last. I think they are banking on getting the younger viewers that havent really seen the original, but that will be hard to do 'cause when Im at car shows the young kids still recognize my car because the original was in re-runs for years on USA, WGN, TV land, SciFi and they seen it. Good luck to NBC this time around with it.
 

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