Here are the final batch of reviews.
Time - 06:30 - Again, Clover Locke begin her day with a black coffee and a hard-boiled egg, waking up earlier today in order to take a look at the much larger list of cars for today. Unlike normally, she brews herself another coffee, black, for the day and writes a note to her husband that she’ll be home much later than normal. Soon after, she again arrives at the lot. There are at least 16 cargo trucks brimmed with cars and extra supplies in order to be tested by the professional driving team behind Blurred Vision.
1985 Genra GST-24
Ah, we’re starting the day with this… thing. It’s a modern-looking car, pretty funky if not totally pretty. Seems to be of a rounder design than some of our other cars. Around the pad, it seems to really put it’s power down well; it looks quick, and I’ve been told it’s as quick as it looks. My team calls the handling characteristics “sporty if not overly so,” whatever the hell that means; the body liked to roll somewhat on the pad but it meant that we could get some really good drifting action on camera. The Genra’s a bit on the expensive side, but we’re gonna have to consider it for now since it’s a decent all-rounder.
1985 Contendiente Enemigo S
Next up from the esteemed Spanish brand is the Contendiente; it’s totally different than the Genra with it’s boxy style. I like that it’s charming and not like super modern. Reminds me of a rally car which is a good thing since I was thinking that Angelina would drive a rally car or something. Under the hood, the V6 engine really loves to rev; that’ll be a cool audial experience for the viewers. It looks a little short too which would be good with stunts; the rear and front are easy to gauge as well. The stunt drivers told me that handling is tuned along grippiness and driftiness which makes stunts easier to pull off. It’s really damn cheap too clocking in at under $12,000. I think we’re gonna have to go for this, it fits really well and the balance it great.
Winner - 1985 Contendiente Enemigo S
Contendiente’s Enemigo proved to be a great fit for Angelina, with it’s rallying style complementing a strong chassis and free-spirited engine.
1983 Mosport Hydra SP
Mason’s list begins with this very muscular, uh, muscle car. It looks ready to wreck some shit; the hood graphics are bad as hell and the design overall is nice and stark. Overall, though, I’m glad that it’s not super serious of a design, so it fits nicely in with Michael Mason. As with all good muscle cars, we’ve got a roarin’ V8 under the hood. It makes a good noise and all, but in a straight line it really takes off. Stopping the car is great, too; our stunt drivers did a bunch of rad handbrake turn stunts with the Mosport. That being said, the car is strapping us slightly for cash; hopefully there’s a cheaper car which doesn’t compromise down the line.
Damn, it’s about time we got a truck up in this biz. I’ve gotta say, it looks friggin’ amazing. The detailing is pretty fine, and it’s boxiness really lends itself to a stronger appearance. The engine it’s packing seems like a helluva lot of power; 410 HP, in fact, from it’s 3.6L twin-turbo V6 makes it even more powerful than a new Ferrari Testarossa. What a powerhouse! It’s a bit over the top, ain’t it? The stunt trim, even with a detuned engine, still is really damn quick. Despite that, it’s a lightweight car, so I’m not sure how that’ll translate when we’re looking at ramming shots. The brakes too are pretty awful along with the skinny, crappy tires. The suspension tuning is adequate, but I think it could be set up for more ruggedness as opposed to pure sport. It’s also pretty unreliable compared to the other cars that have been sent our way; it’s under the budget, yeah, but I think it just cuts too many corners for us.
1985 Franklin Marshall Scuda
We looked at the Scuda’s specs before checking the car out; there are two things that really stood out to us. First off, this car was about 900 pounds heavier than every other car in this character’s selection of vehicles; it’s heavy as hell. Secondly, the engine is a 7.5L V8 with not one, but two turbochargers. And it makes 688 horsepower. Now, I’d let that sink in, but let’s just think about that; 688 hp is more than twice that of the bombastic Porsche 911 Turbo. It even had AWD! I know some crazy car, but this takes the damn cake. The tires are skinny, too; they’re a little larger than some sports cars, but they simply can’t take the power that lies underneath. Of course, the stunt trim is absolutely anemic; it probably can’t replicate any scenes the regular model can. A shame, then, for it’s insanity is distilled for the stunt model. It’s just too different.
This car is ugly. Just putting that out there; it’s not attractive. It doesn’t match Mason; the wedged front doesn’t work for me. The rear is just too girthy in weird spots, and the overhangs are huge. I hate to eliminate cars purely based on looks, but I really can’t deal with this car.
Winner - 1983 Mosport Hydra SP
It’s a pricey car, but in the class of competitor’s it proved to be the best car in it’s group with sharp styling and well-balanced dynamics.
1985 Isami Reaver S50 Concept
Ah, the cars begin to roll in for our protagonist. This Isami Reaver looks interesting; it is a concept car, but it’s not overly designed or anything. I think it could work since it’s a pretty sexy car, but does it work well? Yeah, probably. There’s awesome 6-cylinder turbo power; in fact, 262 whole horsepower; so it’s definitely got a lotta bite to offset the bark. The grip is pretty damn amazing with the Reaver. Whilst we were testing the car around the lot, some of the drivers noted responsive and light steering with easy, direct driving characteristics. The really wide tires kinda ruin some of the ease of driving, but it means that we could maintain some crazy grip. It’s fairly pricey, but I bet it’ll be a hit with the crowd.
“PopHip” doesn’t look like it’s name. The design is pretty standard, with boxy looks that looks normal for a new car. It by far could be much worse, so let’s see how it performs. The engine’s pretty potent and the chassis is solid, which means any thrashing would be easy for a car that’s gonna be on the front of a lotta chases. Our stunt car’s weird; 4x4? We’re filming in the city, not on a desert. I’m not even driving the cars and I know that’s not a normal feature for a sports car. Because of that, it’s compromising the stunt driving with some more understeer than usual. The traction is far worse than the Isami; I think it’s just because the Isami is tuned really, really well compared to the Pop. Unfortunately it’s pretty docile on the pad, showing quite a lot of un-camera ready body roll. Even though it’s easier on the bank than the Isami, I think that the Reaver is worth more than the price suggests.
Franklin Marshall Cerberus
Is this another car we’re gonna have to cut early based on aesthetics? I loathe doing so but I also really dislike the car’s style. It’s so flamboyant but it’s not for the better; sure, the front and rear fascias are pretty similar and coherent, but it’s just… weird. The spoiler is really big, the front is oddly proportioned, and the side vents are just poorly placed. The engineering is okay, but I don’t think that the people want to see Sasha drive this car.
Winner - 1985 Isami Reaver S50 Concept
The Isami is immensely sporty yet not difficult to drive. It may be expensive, but with it’s wild yet plausible looks, it’s sure to be a hit with the crows…
1985 Maine Motors Imperator Turbo
America’s entry for Caine is the Imperator Liberator Turbo, which by the way is annoyingly patriotic. Y’know, it’s not sexy, but it is pretty badass. It looks mean, tough, and imposing, but I don’t think it fits Caine perfectly. Underneath, it’s built really tough. The 4 speed manual is unbreakable and the turbocharged V8 brings more than enough power for the sturdy ladder chassis. Surprisingly, despite all of that, tue Imperator is quite light. The suspension is tuned aggressively which is good for skidding around. That being said, the interior is just a bit too sporty for Caine; it kinda ties in to before with the imperfect fit of this car. Caine’s vehicle should be sexy, badass, and luxurious. This could make the cut, but we’re gonna have to look at the other cars first.
First impression on the Nightfall? It’s boring. I don’t like the styling, it’s boring and uninspiring with front and rear ends that I find incoherent and inelegant. It’s very subdued compared to the engine; I’ve never, ever heard or seen a V10 engine before. This car sounds absolutely insane! Just as crazy is its power output; thanks to twin turbos, it produces well over 500 horsepower. The skinny tires can barely handle it! Our test drivers can handle the stunt trim, but unfortunately it’s far down on power and drama. The interior is very fancy which I was looking for in Caine’s car and it works but it’s just not visually stunning enough to be the villain’s car.
1985 Mitsushita Sesta G-Lusso
This car is interesting for Caine; a Japanese fastback muscle car? That’s not something you hear every day. Looking at it, I think it fits the bill; it’s coherent and sharp and it exudes sex appeal. Maybe it’s a little too sharp for Caine, but I reckon it’s a good contender here. The interior, whilst a bit drab, is luxurious enough and has some rad digital gauges. In our testing, we found it to make a great noise. It’s really powerful yet controllable thanks to aggressive tuning; it might not be totally perfect for action shots, but the aural drama should more than make up for it. Overall, this car is awesome. I think it’s our choice for a character as mysteriously powerful as Caine is.
Winner - 1985 Mitsushita Sesta G-Lusso
Despite it’s Japanese roots, the Mitsushita is a rather villainous blend of speed and seductiveness in a well-tailored jacket.
Time - 23:45 - It’s been a long day. Tire marks litter the ground. Cars are returned to their storage units, and the stunt crew is seen to be physically exhausted. Locke, too, appears to be unable to catch a break; her notepad has been filled to the brim with character ideas and chase scene ideas. She passes these onto some of her secretaries and tells them to mail them out to her stunt directors. Today, she decided to drive her Rennen Valouria since she knew she’d be completely exhausted. When she arrived home, her husband was already asleep, and she washed up and prepared for the months to come.
Blurred Vision premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre on the 31st of July, 1985.
The curtains open, and the music plays.
It would go on to become an iconic 1980’s movie thanks to it’s thought-provoking plot line and stunning usage and realism of vehicular stunts.
If anyone else would like me to create another poster showcasing the other winners, I’ll see what I can whip up!
To recap the winners:
Heist Vehicle - @Chickenbiscuit
Policemen - @thecarlover
Kintsugi Goonies - @Mikonp7
Jared Sekai - @goblin95
Angelina Griffith - @Mr.Computah
Michael Mason - @thecarlover
Sasha Rouge - @Chickenbiscuit
Adam Caine - @conan