While cars aren’t always the main focal point of sci-fi movies, there’s no question that these films do help drive the new car market by dreaming big and creating demand for film-style auto features. Auto lovers and genre enthusiasts can pick up incarnations of these four classic sci-fi cars.
1. Elysium’s Flying Car
The dystopian sci fi thriller Elysium featured a souped-up flying car built on the bones of a Bugatti. The luxury car was the perfect choice to show what a futuristic wealthy family living on a space station might choose to drive around. Capable of speeds up to 250 mph, the Bugatti is as sleek on the inside as it is powerful on the outside. Odds are, you won’t be able to afford one of these cars even if you could find one. An ultra-luxe, limited edition Bugatti with interior leather designed by Hermes (yes, Hermes and Bugatti were friends) retailed for $2.5 million, according to Digital Trends. Only 25 were made.
2. I, Robot’s 2035 Luxury Audi
Interestingly, the futuristic Audi RSQ developed for the I, Robot film actually foretold the development of a real Audi—its R8 supercar. The Audi in the movie had an ultrasleek, animalistic exterior body design, and was made for racing. The resulting R8 Audi showcased the same sleek exterior body styling as the movie car, plus a strong V10 engine and excellent handling. If you have a dream of owning an awesome movie car and gaining admiration of your friends and colleagues, it’s not an entirely unrealistic goal to attain. A 2014 baseline Audi R8 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $114,900 according to Kelley Blue Book. Going back a couple of years, 2011 models for the Audi R8 ranged from $114,200 – $162,700.
3. AI’s Cricket
Green car enthusiasts may very well have their eye on the Cricket, a three-wheeled electric car that looks something like the Volkswagen XL1. The movie car featured a passenger pod, mounted atop two wheels in the front and a single wheel in the back. While the teardrop-shaped passenger pod would definitely be cramped inside, it would reduce auto drag on the road and the small size would make for super easy urban parking. The three-wheel driving certainly would not be cut out for all-terrain driving. As this car is imaginary, you can’t go out and purchase your own Cricket. If you wanted to get close with one of the XL1′s, however, you can expect to pay a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of 100,000 euros (approximately $138,000). As Wired explains, Volkswagen has only made 250 of these luxury electrics at present, and doesn’t plan to bring them to the U.S.
4. Back to the Future’s DeLorean
Futuristic (at the time) and a bit of an oddball with its vertically mounted doors, the stainless steel DeLorean became an instant classic after playing a vital role in the cult Back to the Future film series. The car company floundered soon after the debut of the movie, but the film ensured the enduring reputation of the DeLorean nearly four years later. You can pick up a pre-owned DeLorean for $31,000 and up, according to the DeLorean Motor Company, which continues to sell used models.