The 4 Most Badass 4x4’s in FilmOctober 3rd, 2014 by Rachel Sheelam
You all know what I’m talking about: those trucks, Jeeps and SUVs in movies that fulfill all your 4×4 fantasies in spectacular, screeching, explosion-filled action. The bitchin’ lift kit, the monstrous tires, the sick exterior accessories – they all come together in a fuel-injected roar of glory. Here are four such wondrous pieces of pure, unadulterated Hollywood badassery.
1963 Jeep Gladiator Thriftside – Tremors
“Forget shooting them, can you get to your truck?”
When they first debuted, Jeep described the Gladiator (J-series) as “an entirely new series of versatile, powerful, virtually indestructible trucks.” With the extended, Thiftside step-side Jeep fender flares 4-6 in. lift and front and rear Dana 44’s the Tremors J-200 is truly drool-worthy.
While not pictured in the final movie cut, the DVD Outtakes Feature has an off-roading scene showing off the Gladiator’s wheeling prowess.
1955 Peterbilt 281 Tanker – Duel
“O.K., you wanna play games?”
In a film where the villain has no speaking part, this demonic tanker dominates the bad guy role. Possessed by a psychotic, ruthless trucker whom we never see, the killer rig is one of the few vehicles worthy of our nightmares.
The Tumbler – Batman Begins/The Dark Knight Rises
“’My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.’ ‘This isn’t a car.’”
Batman, especially his Batmobile, is the very definition of badass – and anyone who disagrees can go cry to Aquaman. The Batmobile has often been depicted as a smooth sports car, but Dark Knight threw that out the window and replaced it with … well, a tank, essentially.
Despite weighing in at 2.5 tons, the actual Tumbler used for the film can handle 60-70 ft. jumps and just about outrun a Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG. Take that Kia.
1982 Jeep J10 – Twister
“’Where’s my truck?’ crunch ‘There it is.’”
Although the film ends in tragedy (for the Jeep), it plays a valiant role throughout the story, diving into deadly storms head-on for the sake of science. Not only does it handle the trail like a beast, it does so while outrunning a tornado, because it doesn’t need truck nutz to prove it’s got balls.
About the Author: Rachel Sheelam
The 4x4 and off-road lifestyle was all new to me when I first joined this team, but in the year since then I have developed a true passion for the automotive industry. I've learned more than I knew there was to know about trucks, Jeeps and SUVs - from suspension articulation physics to which types of tires are the best for wallowing in the mud. Whether it's the latest in automotive technology or the best 4x4's in film, I'm always on the lookout for the next big learning curve or news to share. You can keep up with me on my adventure into 4-wheeled life on Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RachelBowesatTAP/posts