Knight Rider – Out With The Old, In With The New

Knight Rider Mustang

OK, so there’s been a lot of buzz over the past while concerning the new upcoming version of Knight Rider. Thankfully, they are only re-doing it as a TV series, and not trying to make it into a mediocre movie, and, as with everything widespread and hyped these days, there’s good news, and there’s bad news.

The good news is that the series will be largely Hasselhoff free.

The bad news, if you’re a Pontiac fan and/or a traditionalist, is that K.I.T.T. (that would be The Knight Rider’s car, for those of you who don’t know) is going to be a new Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang.

Now look, I’ve got nothing against this move, per se. I actually like the latest iteration of the Mustang, and I’m sure the latest Shelby treatment is just as potent as all the other ones (except for that hideous Mustang II Cobra, the less said about that, the better), but for the series to, essentially, “change brands” is always a tricky move to pull off.

Kitt Knight Rider Mustang

It sort of reminds me of when the producers of the James Bond films decided it was a good idea for 007 to drop the British iron in favor of tooling around in a BMW.

Because, you know, nothing says suave and sophisticated international assassin like driving around in a pale blue Z3.

Anyway, I’ll let you Knight Rider fans take it up in the comments section and we can sort out whether this is a good move, or a bad move or just a move for movements sake.

And for those of you wanting to catch up or relive those golden memories of halcyon days past, they’re putting out the first season of the original Knight Rider on DVD.


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  • Martin

    If it's the Hoff you're thinking of Hasseling, Tony, then think again…

  • Shaun

    I never even knew they were re-making night rider!

    I quite like the look of the new car, if they're updating the series then why not have a more modern car.

  • Tony

    Hey, I'm not hassling the Hoff (any more than he's hassled me), and besides, if I wanted to, I'd mention that whole drunken cheeseburger incident.

    Indeed Shaun, Hollywood (and TV, which is really just Hollywood lite) is plumbing the depths of its back catalog for content. I think a lot of the reason for going with a Mustang based K.I.T.T. is that Pontiac is no longer making the Trans Am.

  • micah d

    I am a Knight Rider fan i got all 4 seasons on dvd. I cant wait for this tv movie and i hope a tv show will fallow. I am lovin the ford mustang gt500kr.

  • Chris

    I'm really disappointed with the fact KITT is being brought back as a mustang. The show will more than likely tank just because of this fact. Don't get me wrong, the mustang is a good car…but KITT it is not. The mustang has it's place in show business, such as Gone in 60 seconds and other fine movies. I would have much rather seen a revamped 2002 Trans Am or even the new Camaro. Mustang doesn't say Knight Rider.

  • http://www.automoblog.net/ *Chris

    Maybe this doesn't bother me as much as everyone else. Obviously there's no appropriate Pontiac to use for KITT, and GM in general no longer has any cars which feature that futuristic look like the Trans Am did at the time. They can't use the new Camaro; everyone associates it with the Transformers Movie.

    I don't think the Mustang is too bad actually, it's aggressive, and even though it's a retro design it does look modern.

    You know what would be an even better car? The Koenigsegg CCX. Don't think so? Check it out: http://photos.commongate.com/10/17565_j198c25hzk_

  • Internet Entrepreneu

    I cant believe they are remaking it! I grew up watching Knight Rider!

  • http://blog.sina.com.cn/shanghai2010 Mutain

    In cars!