Shifting gears on a manual transmission was once the only way to get places. These days there are automatics, sequentials, DCTs, CVTs... you name it. But some among us are still faithful to the old three-pedals-and-shift-lever setup. Like the guys in The Fast and The Furious movies.

All told, there have been five full-length features in the series. And that makes for a lot of shifting. A whole lot of shifting. And if you've ever watched any of them, you'll likely recall that the film editors barely missed a single shift – which is probably more than we could say for some of the actors actually performing said shifting.

Now, someone admittedly with way too much time on his hands has put them all together into one video montage. So if you haven't got the time to sit through all five instalments of the saga, the video below ought to get you up to speed, so to speak.



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      DKano
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like they were shifting automatics at the end.
      Lamborrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is really funny because most of the stunt cars were in fact automatics. I took a trip to Volo Auto Museum (the biggest movie car museum in the US) and was surprised to see how many automatic Fast and Furious franchise cars they had that were depicted as manuals. They converted automatics into looking like manuals so they could film actors "shifting" easier. This Eclipse stands out, but was only a prop car: http://volocars...com/2003-mitsubishi-eclipse-2-fast-2-furious-convertible-c-687.htm
      Hunter Adams
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes me wish I had gotten a Manual :(
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't mind F&F. What I DO mind is a second rate blog (comme IL) with really crappy writers like MM who try and write about the car biz. F&F isn't good cinema, but I love the cars. SKD
        brmintz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        anyone else completely perplexed by this comment?
          RetrogradE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @brmintz
          No, no one so far. MM is a terrible writer and IL is a shi**y blog, which makes F&F a fitting take to this dialogue. Bring it on. Good cars, good journalism, and no sh** like IL.
        Toneron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Agreed.
      Dan
      • 2 Years Ago
      And not one of them was a downshift...
      Lamborrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even the Jetta from the first movie was an auto, and with the 2.Slow engine: http://www.carpictures...com/vehicle/06F8F155328667/Volkswagen-Jetta-The-Fast-The-Furious-1995 Nothing about Fast and Furious was real. Even the "Evo" from the 2nd movie was a US market Lancer with a body kit (look it up in imdb trivia). So, my question is, why is this newsworthy and why should a die-hard manual fan like myself care?
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lamborrari
        Forget that, the Evo in the 2nd one had a Honda sound clip, and the Eclipse had a WRX sound. The 1st, 3rd, and 5th movies are pretty good though.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      The shifts in the 2nd F&F started to sound more like doors closing on an old truck. This montage video makes me want to watch the 1st one again though. Doesn't matter how corny or inaccurate it is (NOS explosions, floor dropping out, colored flames), I'll always have fun watching it.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm... I voting "lame". You can tell they are fake shifting, they aren't using the clutch, (and the motion of the stick isn't realistic.) A stick is really fun, you can make the car do what you want when you want it to, and they still will typically get a little better mileage in real driving. But if someone gave me a 458 with the paddle shift or maybe one of the new 2013 M3 when it comes out with that superfast DSG box I sure wouldn't give it back.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fast & Furious movie franchise, Need For Speed game franchise: Forever teaching kids that street racing is awesome and safe if you are the "good guy", but more importantly, that nitrous oxide "NOS" WILL cause scenery to car/blur and produce nice colourful pineapple sized fireballs to sprout from your softball diameter fart cannon(s). Still enjoyed both.
      Jason C
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome!!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes!!!
      Tina Dang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I only watched the movies to see Tyrese Gibson , a very, very, very fine specimen of perfection and all things yummy
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