A Look Into Fast & Furious Star Sung Kang’s Car Collection In Real Life

The Fast and Furious franchise is one of the most influential series of car movie titles of our time. While many would rightfully argue that it has deviated from its original idea, some of the actors are known to be big-time car enthusiasts in real life. Among them is Sung Kang, who first appeared in the 2006 Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. His character, Han Lue, was Kang’s first major role, but his affinity for Japanese (and other) cars stretches way beyond his movie characters. The actor has given all of his cars nicknames and here’s what his epic collection currently features.

1973 Datsun 240Z: “Fugu Z”

Probably the most famous car that Sung Kang owns is the Fugu Z. Named after the poisonous fish, this 1973 Datsun 240Z was designed and built after Sung Kang’s own vision. The car was featured in Magnus Walker and Jay Leno’s Garage, and Sung Kang admits it was Magnus Walker and his 277 Outlaw that inspired him to build the car.

“Sung basically built his ideal, streetable, track car. In a sense, this is an Outlaw 240Z” – Magnus Walker

The wide-body 240Z features a custom body and interior, as well as a GReddy-spec RB25 engine with independent throttle bodies. The engine produces over 300 horsepower and runs on E85. A five-speed manual sends power to the rear axle, where you will find 17-inch, RAYS TE37V wheels, wrapped in Nitto NT01 tires. Sung Kang’s Fugu Z is valued roughly at $50,000 to $100,000.

 

1963 Datsun L320 Pick-Up: “Oppa”

Sung’s Garage on Instagram

Sung Kang has an obvious affection for classic JDM models. He named the second Datsun in his collection; Oppa. We are not sure whether it comes from “old pa” or not, but we do know that the humble truck is constantly undergoing modifications and custom work to reach Kang’s perfect vision. We can tell the actor spent time looking for it since it is a numbers-matching example with very little rust for something that is 60 years old. Not a lot of details are given about the drivetrain, but you can bet the original E1, 1.2-liter, inline-four unit will not be sticking around for much longer if it hasn’t already been replaced.

1987 Buick Grand National: “Buddy”

Sung Kang may have a soft spot for Japanese automobiles and light trucks, but he does not limit himself to those. While this example is not Japanese, it shows an obvious pattern. The F&F actor is not a fan of flashy new toys, but rather, iconic classics with a history behind them. Kang acquired this 1987 Buick Grand National from its first owner, who bought the car brand new, in 1987.

Mind you, this isn’t the range-topping GNX, which was quicker than a C4 Corvette when it came out. Nevertheless, Buddy as it’s nicknamed features the same 3.8-liter turbocharged V-6. In this trim, it puts out 245 horsepower (182.5 kilowatts) at 4,400 RPM and 355 pound-feet (481 Nm) at 2,000 RPM. Like the GNX, power goes to the rear through a four-speed automatic, resulting in a respectable 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 6.0 seconds.

1976 Datsun 240Z: “G-Money”

Sung’s Garage on Instagram

The most recent addition to Sung Kang’s car collection is an Avocado Green, 1976 Datsun 240Z. Unlike the Fugu Z, this one appears to be completely stock. It may come as a surprise, but this 1976 example sends power to the rear through a three-speed automatic and not the more desirable five-speed manual transmission. The L-series 2.4-liter carbureted inline-six engine delivers 151 horsepower (112.6 kilowatts) at 5,600 RPM and 146 pound-feet (198 Nm) at 4,400 RPM. With the automatic, the Z is rather laid back, with the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint taking 10.4 seconds.

1974 Porsche 914 V-8: “98”

Sung’s Garage on Instagram

Sung Kang is no stranger to resto-mods and his yellow Porsche 914 is a perfect example of that. The Porsche 914 has an interesting story as it wasn’t meant to be a Porsche, to begin with. Whatever you think about the mid-engine model, Sung Kang’s example, nicknamed “98”, is the actor’s vision of the ideal 914.

In a GTChannel podcast, Kang unveiled in detail, what he had in store for the humble Porsche. A lot of custom work has gone into the build, including a bespoke, 380mm steering wheel inspired by the original. Initially, the idea was to throw in a six-cylinder engine, but the actor eventually decided on a Chevy 327 Small block V-8. Sung’s idea was to make a small Porsche with big power, which is proper hot-rodding in our book.

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