• Dec 14, 2007
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We've found yet more high-res pics of the Shelby GT500KR that will play KITT in the TV revival of Knight Rider. This new batch finally gives us enough angles of both the KITT Hero and KITT Attack cars, including KITT's interior, to make a judgment on how successful the transformation is.

One thing we always liked about the original KITT was how simple it was: just a jet black exterior with black wheels. The GT500KR KITT Hero car conforms to this ethos, with an exterior that doesn't distinguish itself very much from a standards GT500KR save for the black paint accented by matte black racing stripes and the swooping red light bars in the hood nostrels. But why the chrome wheels? The blingy rims contrast too much with the stealth exterior treatment. What if KITT were trying to penetrate a nuclear waste facility and a search light bounced off his 20-inchers? They're not very practical for corporation-based vigilante crime fighting, if you ask us.



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The interior of the Shelby GT500KR has been heavily modified by Knight Industries, but it still seats four in a pinch. There's clearly a Heads Up Display to project vital info on the windshield, and a keyboard swings out from beneath the glove box for searching Google on the go. We're so happy to see the open-top steering wheel, though it's not quite as open as the original since the bottom remains.

Then there's the KITT Attack version of the GT500KR (shown above). The new side profile sketch shows just how far the designers went in turning KITT into an actual weapon, though we imagine the only way this prop could actually hurt you is with the sharp edge of one its many spoilers. We counted 30 of them with a margin of error +/-25, but the visual effect is that when KITT transforms into Attack mode, his warranty is instantly voided from being affixed with the entire contents of a J.C. Whitney catalogue. The KITT Attack car's only saving grace is that its wheels are, in fact, black to match the rest of the car.

[Source: Ford]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      HERESY!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Firebird that played KITT was a futuristic looking vehicle in it's time and still looks the part today. The stock GT500KR does not.

      The new car would fit the role better if the studio ditched the stripe, had an entirely black exterior with tinted glass and indicators, black wheels and no badging whatsoever.

      The Mustang has an unmistakable shape, it's not like nobody would know it's still a Mustang even with no badges on it so Ford would have still gotten their exposure they paid for IMO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      a mustang- no way might as well used the edsel-you blew this one =IT DOESN'T FIT-you trying to sell this to the younger generation? ditch the mustang!
      • 7 Years Ago
      How do the rims change from silver to black (normal vs. pursuit mode)??
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just wonder how they plan to both morph between the modes (I assume remote mode is just a normal car that happens not to need a driver, but is remote controlled.)

      The renderings have all sorts of bizarre lights and different wheels, and all that stuff. At least the real attack mode model is somewhat closer to the standard version. Crazy effects to morph and add more lights, and change paint colors/wheels, and all sorts of things on the fly is just a bad gimmick. It was a bad gimmick on "Viper", too. The show was watchable, but barely.

      More realistic would have been better. the original KITT looked more feasible. and even super-pursuit mode looked like a car that really transformed a bit, even if it was more than a bit ridiculous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yes.. we REALLY need another variation of the Mustang GT.. I've got one, and I can think of atleast 7 "special models".. lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      seems like people are running out of fresh ideas.

      remaking an 80s show, then making the star of it a new mustang based on design cues from the 60s.

      let's hope the storylines of the new series don't follow suite.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No,I don't like it!I still recall the fantastic Firebird.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sure we can attribute alot of the reasons there's a Ford Mustang pulling starring car role duty to the fact that NOTHING gets done in view of potential 'customers' without some corporate conglomerate getting thier names all over it. If Ford thinks putting a gussied up Stang on TV will ultimately sell more in the showrooms, then so be it. Kudos for them to take on such a role. Because the show is gonna suck ass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what sucks more. The interior or the spoiler on spoiler look. Please tell me headlamp spoilers aren't going to become the next fad.

      Thankfully, I have no fond memories of this show. I watched it, but, I was too young to appreciate it. I might watch an episode or two, but,t he gimmick isn't enough to hold my attention.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anything but a Mustang!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      because black wheels are stupid. They would make the car MORE conspicuous with their ugliness. Now, it's just another black mustang with rims. No one will notice from the side.

      Also, the Cylon red light in the hood belies the pretense of stealth anyway, so might as well make it look good.
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