• Jul 30, 2008
Click above for high-res pic of the actual KITT F-150

Mike Levine from Pickuptrucks.com recently spoke with Knight Rider Executive Producer Gary Scott Thompson and got the skinny on KITT's new ability to transform himself (seriously, I just called it a "him") from a 2008 Shelby GT500KR to a 2009 Ford F-150 FX-4. The idea for having KITT morph into a truck came to Thompson when he needed his main character and that week's damsel in distress to make a quick getaway without KITT having to stop for them to get in, so he imagined the car as a pickup. This way the characters could hop right in its bed (we see this happen in the new clip that was released by NBC), though we're unsure how they survive the metal origami that turns KITT back into a car. We also disagree with Thompson when he alludes to the GT500KR being "about the same mass" as the F-150, but he feels justified in taking this direction with KITT after consulting with "futurists" at Microsoft who predict that vehicles will change their shape to suit our needs by 2030. We don't know what being a futurist entails, but we're not inclined to believe ones employed by Microsoft who failed to predict the backlash against Vista, how bad the Zune would sell or that the entire first batch of XBox 360s would fail. Clairvoyants they are not.

Though the rendering at right reveals KITT F-150 was originally designed to bear a bigger resemblance to the GT500KR on which the car is based, it's ended up being just a blacked-out F-150 FX-4 with KITT's signature red light bar above and behind the top bar of the grille. That should make it easy for fanboys to recreate with their own 2009 F-150s though, because we just know sales of the truck are going to skyrocket after the new season of Knight Rider begins.


[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Besides bored 8 year-old, will some one watch it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The "hero" is going to jump into his car so often that then needed to change the whole car into truck for him? wha...?

      This is like the stupider version of the Dukes of Hazard where they jumped into their cars through the windows cause they welded doors. Which...I can't recall why they did in the first place.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I must be the only one here who enjoyed the pilot. I mean dont get me wrong, it wasnt fantastic... but elts be honest... the OG show was just as bad. It was "entertaining" even though alot of it is not plausible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who are the producers of this show....10 year olds???

      The pilot sucked....and now the show will continue to raise the suckiness-bar. Sigh.

      With that said...I'll still have to watch just to see how much it sucks....so I can come back here and commiserate with everyone else about how much it did indeed suck. ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      this thing will get cancelled due to fail so fast, we'll hear a vacuum sound on our televisions.

      I thought the earlier ka-niggit rider (read with a monty python accent) posts were pushing the fail envelope, but this topic seems to be like a hefty bag "force flex" commercial, or something.

      They keep loading more and more FAIL into this KR bag, and the bag just won't tear open, it keeps expanding to envelop more and more FAIL.

      with added pressure the end result just gets more explosive and messy. A FAIL explosion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "though we're unsure how they survive the metal origami that turns KITT back into a car."

      Oh that's simple to explain. See, when the car morphs, the passengers go into what's called "Hammerspace." The original bodies are killed, clones are made from the DNA, the original bodies are burned as fuel for the thrust vectors, and the new clones take their place inside of the cab.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Once I saw two men kissing, and that was the gayest thing I ever say until I read this piece.

      Did I mention I was one of the two men?

      This is friggin' gay!
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is so much to comment about in this one article that I simply need to refrain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! I knew that Ford's truck sales were down, but I must not have realized just how bad they were if Ford is this desperate.

      I hope the show's producer is making a lot in add revenue from Ford, this show will not last long with this level of stupid
      • 6 Years Ago
      "We don't know what being a futurist entails, but we're not inclined to believe ones employed by Microsoft who failed to predict the backlash against Vista, how bad the Zune would sell or that the entire first batch of XBox 360s would fail. Clairvoyants they are not."

      Admit it. You own a Mac, and Ipod, and stock in Apple... ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      So a mustang will transform into a full size pickup truck while being driven? Hahaha, the suckness increases.

      Listening to Microsoft talking about the future? Without Bill, with Vista competing with OSX and Linux, they'll be lucky to be around in 2030.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Transform into a Ford F-150 for a quick getaway? That's such a BS answer.

      How about a T top, retractable hard top? How about just slipping into the car through the windows, Dukes of Hazard style? Sounds like they kept the same horrible writers as the pilot.

      I just hope Autoblog gives a play by play of the show, hahahah. I wanna see em squirm in disgust. Their pilot post was hilarious.
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