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NBC and Knight Rider Producers choose the Shelby GT500KR Mustang as KITT: Good Choice?

Posted in Ford, Movie Cars, Mustang by will bee | December 13th, 2007 | 8 Responses |

It seems the brain-trust at NBC has worked out the deal with Ford to use the 2008 Shelby GT500KR as the new car for the rebirth of the Knight Rider TV series in the coming year. The revival of the Knight Rider series has been in talks for a little while now, but the speculation on the car was always left lingering. So for all of those complaining that there are already too many Specialty Mustangs on the market you may have just received the empirical evidence you needed that Ford has gone too far and that NBC has just alienated a partial fanbase. But maybe we are being too negative here?

We will post the official NBC Press Release below for those interested in learning more about the stars and the plot for the 2-hour TV Premier movie that will set the show off. Most of us here though are more curious about the car choice and the adornments that have cluttered the skin of of the GT500KR. Reading through various comments on other articles throughout the web there seems to be great disappointment first of all in the car choice. Some would suggest the new Camaro (a logical and still GM option), or the Viper (already played out on other shows), or the Corvette Z06 (an interesting choice), and one commenter even suggested a Mini Cooper over what has been chosen. Another fine choice offered up that would have been quite interesting would have been the Koenigsegg CCXR; now that would have truly set the car apart from all others.

Despite my very own affection for Mustangs I too feel that the Specialty Field of Ponies have gone too far in many regards. While I do love the Shelby GT500KR (and its limited production) it does not seem the appropriate choice for the Knight Rider TV series… but that is my opinion. We want to know what you think? Is there a better car out there that you could suggest to fill the role as KITT? Should they even be reviving the series at all and how long will it even last?

And here are a couple more photos to give you more to think about… or not.

GT500KR Knight Rider PremierGT500KR Knight Rider KITT


NBC Press Release


BURBANK, Calif. – December 12, 2007 – As “Knight Rider” — NBC’s iconic 1980s television classic that became a runaway success, comes roaring back to life on the network with an updated sequel that will air as a two-hour movie event on Sunday, February 17 (9-11 p.m. ET) — NBC unveiled the new customized KITT Ford Mustang to be featured in the series in a press event held at NBC’s Burbank Studios today.

The movie stars Justin Bruening (“Cold Case,” “All My Children”), Deanna Russo (“NCIS,” “The Young and the Restless”), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (“Veronica Mars,” “Grindhouse”) and Bruce Davison (“Breach,” “Close to Home”). In addition, David Hasselhoff (NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”) — who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series — returns as the same character in a special guest-star appearance. Will Arnett (NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Blades of Glory”) will provide the voice of KITT.

Dave Bartis (“Heist,” “The O.C.”) and Doug Liman (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity”) serve as executive producers.
NBC also has an arrangement with Ford Motor Company that provides for a unique content opportunity that makes the Ford Mustang one of the stars of the movie.

The three cars to be employed in the series include the KITT Hero — a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that is playing the part of the everyday Hero car with 540 horsepower; the KITT Attack — a super high-speed version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Hero car that transforms into Attack mode with the help of air-ride technology and specialized body parts — and a KITT Remote, which is a driverless Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR version of the Hero vehicle.

As the original story resumes, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body — thanks to its creator’s work and nanotechnology — is capable of actually shifting shape and color. Plus, its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal crime-fighting partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car — and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it.

Sarah Graiman is a 24-year old Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, following in her genius father Charles’ (Davison) footsteps. But when men attempt to abduct her, Sarah receives a mysterious call from KITT warning her that he’s a creation of Charles, who also invented the first KITT 25 years ago — and that her father is in serious danger.

Sarah and KITT track down her best friend from childhood, Mike Tracer (Bruening), a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger, whom Sarah hasn’t seen since he left home at 18. Having served in Iraq, Mike is now jaded and lost and initially resistant. Eventually he agrees to help Sarah and the two set out to discover who’s behind the attempt to procure KITT and find Charles. Along the way, Carrie Rivai (Poitier) plays the agile yet tough FBI agent who has a long-standing friendship with Charles and Sarah. Due to those ties, she is brought into the mix to help in the search.

David Andron is supervising producer and writer. Steve Shill (“Dexter,” “The Tudors”), also a co-executive producer, directs the two-hour movie from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.

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8 Responses

  1. Ryan says:

    I think a black version of one of the sporty cars in the Gas Guzzlers post would work much better. Mustang doesn’t work, IMHO>

  2. Dee says:

    As much as I looooove the Ponies, I would have to say that a Mustang wouldn’t fit into the KITT category. I don’t feel it is appropiate for Knight Rider’s car. Where’s the Trans Am when you need it? Couldn’t they make a custom car to fit the role?

  3. Russell says:

    I will definitely be watching the re-visted Knight Rider… the original was one of my favorite shows as a kid. The use of the mustang as KITT is pretty lame. This shoulda-coulda-woulda been a perfect opportunity to introduce the world to the new Camaro.


  4. jameen says:

    That is the MOST STUPIDEST, DUMEST THING that NBC could do, to make a rebirth of the new KR.. my option would be the 2005 (Vector Twin Turbo W8) in black

  5. Matt says:

    I think it was a good idea i love the idea that they made the mustang kitt instead of the Trans Am that is a much better choice!!!!

  6. Why would picking a mustang be a bad choice? Are you foolish?

  7. Tony Estabrooks says:

    I don’t care about that car that they put on night rider ok.I am a big fan of night rider and i think a mustang is very cool car.I really miss that show and i wish that i would like to see it angian.Who cares if it is a mustang ok.It’s a great show to watch on tv.