12. Batman’s Tumbler
The previous Batmobiles looked “cool,” but they weren’t BADASS. The revamp’s Tumbler, though, has it all. It looks sick and can also smash through walls, leap buildings, and turn into a motorcycle — you know, NBD. We’re guessing it gets real bad gas mileage, but fuel efficiency has never been a hallmark of badassitude.
11. Buckaroo Banzai’s Jet Car
Pretty much your typical Ford F350: It handles well, goes Mach 1.3, comes standard with an Oscillation over-thruster, and — unlike most other pickups in its class — can travel to the 8th Dimension.
10. Ghost Rider’s Hell Bike
Dealer options include demonic possession and a power amulet, but Hellfire wheels and immunity from the laws of physics come standard.
9. The A-Team Van
OK, look. If you are a band of fugitive mercenaries, there’s a pretty strong argument that you should go for a slightly less conspicuous set of wheels than a pimped-out GMC van. On the other hand, we pity the fool who tells them that.
8. James Bond’s Lotus Esprit Submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me
We had to exercise some self-control in order not to make the whole list just James Bond cars, but we managed to keep it to two. Bringing it in at #8 is the Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me because, look, it turns into a freakin’ submarine. So… there’s that.
7. The Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1
The car that helped save New York City started life as a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor and, by the time Ghostbusters II came around, was souped up with even more loud, flashy technology for those special occasions where some moldy Babylonian god drops in on Central Park West and starts tearin’ up the city.
6. Police Spinner from Blade Runner
The granddaddy of badass sci-fi super-cars, the Police Spinner took hybrid engineering to a whole new level, featuring a standard internal combustion engine, a jet engine, and, of course, an anti-gravity propulsion system.
5. Doc Brown’s DeLorean from Back to the Future
One of the most beloved cars in cinema history, Doc Brown’s time machine differed from your standard DeLorean DMC-12 in three meaningful ways:
1) It had a flux capacitor
2) It required 1.21 “jigowats” of power to operate (whatever a “jigowat” is)
3) It could actually go 88 mph without falling apart
Subsequent models featured a biofuel adaptor and hover technology for when you go places that don’t need roads.
4. KITT from Knight Rider
The Knight Industries Two Thousand is bulletproof, goes 0–60 in two seconds, has flamethrowers, is fully sentient, and comes overloaded with horsepower and Hasselhoff.
3. The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard
Not only could we have made this whole list just James Bond cars… we also could have made this whole list Dodge Chargers: It’s one of the most iconic and often-used badass cars in Hollywood. But we wanted to pick just one — sorry, Fast and the Furious and Vanishing Point fans.
2. The ‘68 Ford Mustang from Bullitt
Everybody wants to drive this car. Other cars want to be this car. No flamethrowers, time machines, no gimcracks and gewgaws: The 1968 Ford Mustang would be the king of badass cars if Urkel were behind the wheel.
1. James Bond’s DB5 from Goldfinger
The Aston Martin DB5. The original badass super-car had huge pop-out gun barrels, rotating license (excuse us, “licence”) plates, bullet shields, and a GPS before anyone even knew what any of that was.