• Jan 4th 2008 at 4:57PM
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Wouldn't you like to believe that the producers of the new Knight Rider series saw something in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that evoked the essence of what it is to be KITT? Yeah, that's not what happened. According to AdAge, Ford snagging the role of KITT had more to do with timing and a certain boat load of money that was exchanged hands. As we've explained before, Pontiac doesn't even have a car that would be suitable for the part of KITT, while the Camaro just wouldn't have been ready in time. Same goes for the Dodge Challenger. That leaves the Ford Mustang, which found a new way to enjoy its time without a competitor in sight by taking some acting lessons and landing the spot. Curiously, Jalopnik reports that the article, which isn't accessible without a subscription (natch) mentions that the Chrysler Crossfire was being considered. Not that it should have ever gotten the job, but Chrysler cancelled the Crossfire anyway. We're sure the Corvette was being considered, if for no other reason than it would have made as much sense in the role as the GT500KR, but we guess GM didn't think it was money well spent. Time will tell whether or not Ford's investment was a smart one.

[Source: Adage via Jalopnik]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Captain Obvious? is that you?

      Seriously, I don't think was a surprise to anyone in the world.

      The Mustang is becoming so overexposed it's going to become detrimental to sales.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Same here. I thought it was just common knowledge that they paid for the spot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think hte total number of Factory Mustangs is up to 7 or 8 by 09. And the aftermarket tuners (Saleen, Roush, etc) push that number easily over 30. Throw in some one-offs and limited run editions from tuners, and you're looking at 50.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is exactly what a lot of said when we heard the news initially. It was bought!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh well. That's GM's fault. When the TV movie Knight Rider 2000 came out some 12 years ago or so, the producers really wanted to do a new KITT based on the Pontiac Banshee show car, but GM wouldn't let them have rights to the design or the show car, so they ended up dressing up a Dodge Stealth to look Banshee-like. So GM has been distancing themselves from the Knight Rider franchise for a while.

      If GM can't or won't get involved in it, Ford shouldn't be slammed for wanting to get themselves involved in the project.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good points Jay. I think a lot of the criticism is also a result of the garish 'work' done to the mustang to make it into KITT. the previous KITT wasn't imbued with bolt on bits and utterly ridiculous dual foglights, it was simply a 'stealthier' looking equivalent of the production car it was based on. It had a bit of a menacing twinge but it wasn't fast and the furious fantastic.

        Man I miss the days of Viper :). Anyone else remember that show, great concept/idea - crap acting... actually, reading the press brief for the new KITT it looks like that ol' stinky viper from 15 years ago might have a leg up on it in a few areas.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Then again, nothing screams "Futuristic" like the current Failstang.

        Corvette I could see, but the Failstang? Aerodymanic Brick anyone?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Z06 would've been good, even has that mini air duct that would fit for KITT's red eyes.

      GM is probably better off. I mean imagine the Camaro getting butchered with double wings, ugly headlight slats.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So in this case, since Ford bought the part for Mustang, that makes Ford... let's see.

      That makes Ford Aaron Spelling and Mustang Tori Spelling?

      Or maybe Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump?

      Or Mr. Hilton and Paris?

      Lionel Riche and Nichole?

      Sorry I'll stop now. "Lord I apologize."
      • 7 Years Ago
      Big surprise. The current Mustang in any form represents absolutely NOTHING hi-tech or futuristic, which is what I thought the concept of KITT or Night Rider was all about. The show is ruined!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only GM car i have any interest in at the moment dosent exist...its a Firebird. Next car? hmmm i was looking into a FORD product...why? cause GM wont make me a Firebird.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still think that a Z06 would have been the perfect KITT. It's only a two seater but how often would they really need four seats anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What A8 in Matrix?
      • 7 Years Ago
      On another note... off the subject, there was video of the car in action on EXTRA tonight because the new Michael blew out his knee performing a fight scene!!!

      Video of the car was nive though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As long as wer're throwin' around cars that could have been .......should have been. The Ferrari F430 would have been a kickass KITT. It would have been the best looking and sounding car the show.....Whatever. Personally I'm not going to watch the show, you just know it's gonna suck.

      When will Hollywood learn, not every classic tv show or movie should have sequals. Next thing you know they'll remake the Dukes of Hazzard tv show and cast some skank like Linsey Lohan to play Daisy Duke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      well, I'm not looking forward to the show, and will give it a chance, but all I can say is:

      matte black racing stripes on gloss black gets the thumbs up and I wouldn't be surprised in seeing them on production versions soon. Matte black is the "in" color this year (just look at lambo, aston, ferrari, mitsu, porsche and nissan)!
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