With all the Star Wars hype going on, we couldn’t help but get a little excited around the office. News Editor Stephen Elmer spoke about his love for the cantina band, while Road Test Editor Mike Schlee spoke about how he’d love to drive the various land speeders.
And that got us thinking about all the cool spacecrafts and speeders found in the Star Wars galaxy and what their real car equivalents would be.
X wing: MX-5 or Police Interceptor
The X Wing is the all-purpose interceptor for the rebel forces, aka the good guys. Originally, it was suggested to select the Ford Police Interceptor as the modern four-wheel equivalent. With its EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 making 365 hp, the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan has what it takes to deal with the baddies out there, and its standard all-wheel-drive system means it’s more than just an offensive weapon. However, it is kind of big, so maybe it’s better suited to be the Y-Wing spaceships that are commonly used as bombers by the Rebellion.
In comparison, the X-Wing is a pretty basic ship with seating for two. It’s also the reliable starfighter of the brave Rebel fleet, so why not the MX-5? A naturally aspirated, reliable sports coupe with space for a pilot and a droid, the MX-5 is the perfect choice to be an X-Wing.
TIE fighter: Fiat 500 Abarth
In contrast to the X wing, the TIE fighter is a small and fragile, but fast ship used by the Galactic Empire. TIE stands for twin-ion engine, and that brings to mind the slick Tesla Model S and its dual electric motors. However, the Model S is a fairly big car, and while fast in a straight line, its massive curb weight means it’s not exactly agile. Instead, we’ll pick the Fiat 500 Abarth. Although it doesn’t have two unique engines, it does sound badass, is plenty powerful and is agile and fun to drive.
It’s also worth noting that there are several variations of TIE fighter, like the TIE interceptor, and TIE bomber. Similarly, there are several different variations of the 500, like the 500e, 500L, 500X and 500 Cabrio.
Pod racer: Nissan LM GT-R Nismo race car
Pod racers, seen in the prequel movies and piloted by the young Anakin Skywalker, are vehicles built for the sole purpose of racing. They’re basically a pod that houses the driver, pulled by a pair of engines.
For that reason, we’ll pick the new Nissan LM GT-R Nismo race car, which features a front-engine, front-wheel-drive setup. Nissan’s unique approach to the 24 hours of Le Mans race features about 500 hp going to the front wheels from its V6 engine, with an extra 700 horsepower also available with the energy recovery system.
Death Star: Mercedes AMG 6×6
The Death Star is a large, planet-destroying space station that is a major part of the original movie trilogy. Though there are many big cars out there that remind me of the sinister and ominous Death Star, I think the Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 is the most appropriate modern four-wheel equal.
Just like the Death Star, this six-wheeled Mercedes is capable of destroying entire planets, thanks to its estimated 9 mpg city, 12 mpg highway fuel economy. And again, just like the Death Star this car is massive, and weighs about four and a half tonnes or 9,050 pounds and extremely powerful, with its twin turbo 5.5-liter V8 making 536 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque.
Millennium Falcon: Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
While we’re on the subject of big ships, it’s time to bring up another hero of the Star Wars universe: the Millennium Falcon. According to lore, this ship is an old freight ship that’s been modified and can apparently do the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. We don’t exactly know if that’s fast, but the Falcon seems to hold up pretty well, while being a big beast of a ship.
We’d call the previous-generation Cadillac CTS-V Wagon a close cousin of the Falcon. It’s got a beefy 556 hp thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, and magna-ride suspension making it light on its feet. It also has a ton of space to hide precious cargo, including a R2 droid with the plans to the Empire’s planet destroying space station.
Snowspeeder: Subaru WRX STI
The Snowspeeders used in the Battle of Hoth in the movie The Empire Strikes Back helped the rebel army secure a win against the bad guys, taking down big baddies like AT-ATs and AT-STs. According to the Star Wars databank, these speeders are actually modified civilian airspeeders, made ready for combat duty on the harsh conditions of Hoth. Capable of hitting 1,000 km/h, these things aren’t slow at all.
We’d consider the mighty Subaru WRX STI to be the closest thing on the market to the Snowspeeder. Perfect for speeding around in the snow thanks to its turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer engine that makes over 300 hp and its excellent all-wheel-drive system, the WRX STI is also like the Snowspeeder in the fact that it too is based on a more pedestrian vehicle, the Impreza.
Naboo N-1 Starfighter: Jaguar F-Type
This sleek fighter, seen in the first prequel movie, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is a sexy, futuristic ship that faced off against the droid army in the Battle for Naboo.
We’ll name the equally sexy Jaguar F-Type the modern four-wheel Naboo starfighter. With its growling exhaust note and available six-speed transmission, there’s an old-school vibe that reminds us of the Naboo Starfighter.