• Dec 20, 2007
Later on today when we publish the latest episode of the Autoblog Podcast, you'll get to hear my voice quiver as I recall the original KITT in all its F-body glory. The one thing that irked me about KITT v1.0 was near the end of the series' run when he was destroyed and rebuilt with new features. Suddenly, KITT could go Mach 5 on the ground thanks to a new Pursuit Mode that was accompanied by every manner of wing, canard and automatically-extending aerodynamic supplement in the universe. The original KITT in Pursuit Mode was obviously the inspiration for the new KITT in Attack Mode, which is just as garish an automobile in its own right.

Inevitably, comparisons between the KITT of our youth and the new KITT will occur like the one above, so we're pleased that Popular Mechanics bit the proverbial bullet and did a Special Features Comparison between the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that played the original and the 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that's been hired for the new series.

Technology has advanced in the last 25 years and the new KITT has many more interesting features than the old one, like a mini-KITT reconnaissance drone, nanotech cloaking technology and DNA analysis equipment. It also features standard equipment that Pontiac didn't offer back in the day like 24-hour roadside assistance, heated seats and a heads-up display. But the new KITT is missing a few key items that could come in handy like a grapling hook, flame thrower and oil jets that shoot out the back. Also, the new KITT doesn't appear to accelerate as fast as the old one, which could hit 60 mph in 0.2 seconds with some help from its power boosters.

Click the Read link to see which car wins the battle of the better KITT.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      The new KITT is better for the simple reason it has sold more cars of its kind then the original ever did.........

      There seems to be so many fans of the original show, where were all of you when the show needed your ratings???
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well let's take a look at Bullit mustang vs the Dodge Charger - the suspension on the mustang broke several times while the Charger held up perfectly.

      So KITT mustang vs KITT Trans Am - of COURSE Trans Am will win every time. Besides, that car is much hotter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully they'll bring KARR back...With a moustache.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lets call the new Ver 2 KITT a B.I.TC.H instead of K.I.T.T or how about enterprize Suck class because it looks like they brought it out of star trek. How about we call it B.R.I.C.K becasue thats what it looks like, I could go on forever but this suckstang definitly should NOT be called anything related to K.I.T.T
      • 7 Years Ago
      The old KITT was better. I'll never understand why they picked a Mustang as the new one.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Money.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because Transformers already took Camaro
      • 7 Years Ago
      IIRC...the original KITT prop car was a v6 model and with all the modifications they did to the car for looks it was slow...very very slow. Some of the camera rigs could out accelerate it so many shots they did in the movie they had to speed up the camera speed (ala Benny Hill) to make it look like it is going fast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give me the one the only the original!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I want "The Fall Guy's" truck! I know it was just a custom pickup with no superpowers but it still kicks the ass of that Mustang pretending to be KITT.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Instead of K.I.T.T., this version would make a better live action version of C.A.R.R. from Stroker & Hoop on Adult Swim.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The old Kitt outclasses the new one ,it was one of a kind ,unique,mysterious, the weren't any bagdes to even say what car it was,I saw the Mustang in the movie I am legend,and the idea of the new Karr transforming is already seen in Transformers,there not unique or myterious about the new kitt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm obviously in the minority, but I never liked the old Trans Am that much (tho, in KITT black it was better) so I prefer the Mustang. Though I feel the Camaro would have been a much better choice. The Pursuit mode, however, sucked then and sucks now as well. Besides, the new one has heated seats.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No question - KITT was and always will be the Firebird T/A. Damn shame they couldn't have waited until the new Camaro appeared - at least it would have remained in the family.
      • 7 Years Ago
      On the keyless entry and ignition, I thought KITT was the system? =]

      I still prefer 1.0
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