Vin Diesel turned 52 on July 18, and his friends celebrated by giving him the ultimate birthday present: a custom 1970 Dodge Charger from SpeedKore Performance Group. The car was presented to Vin during the fourth week of filming next year’s Fast 9 movie, and he was truly speechless when the car rolled up. It isn’t hard to see why.

His colleagues from the Fast & Furious movie franchise surprised him with what is easily one of the most wicked muscle cars ever created – a heavily modified 1970 Dodge Charger ‘Tantrum’. Needless to say, the actor was virtually speechless after his work buddies surprised him with the car. Vin posted a video on his Instagram page as he received the surprise birthday present and another one showing off the car’s loud exhaust.

Through the first eight Fast & Furious movies, Vin’s character Dominic Toretto has driven numerous Dodge Chargers, but this one blows them all away. Built as a show car back in 2015, this 1970 Dodge Charger is called Tantrum, and it’s basically a supercar disguised as a Dodge Charger. Under the hood, this car is packing a twin-turbo 9.0-liter Mercury Racing V-8 rated at 1,650 horsepower, and this engine is backed by a six-speed Tremec manual transmission. The entire chassis has been custom fabricated to accommodate this much power, and there’s even a custom roll cage cleverly integrated into the car’s interior.

Although this car has the basic profile of a ’70 Charger, it’s a full custom car. From the firewall forward, Tantrum is all carbon fiber, and the rest of the car gets some sort of billet or carbon fiber accents including the machined aluminum grille and the custom taillight housing. A set of wide HRE wheels finishes off the car’s look and helps give it a mean stance. Inside, the entire cabin was custom made, and the materials include leather, Alcantara and, you guessed it, more carbon fiber.

The on-road ‘tantrum’ is enabled by a 9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine supplied by Mercury Marine Racing, with a stratospheric 1230kW going to the rear wheels through a Tremec T53 six-speed manual gearbox. Because it is a boat engine designed for gliding over lakes, keeping it cool on the road was a major concern, which the team solved by fitting an oversized radiator. The car also gets a Penske Coil over shock package as well as mixed-size HRE alloys, with 19-inch wheels featuring up front and 20-inch rims doing duty round back.

Although it retains the basic proportions of the 1970 Dodge Charger, many of the body panels are in fact made from carbon fiber. Inside it gets a custom dash complete with classic instrument gauges and retro-modern leather and Alcan Tara upholstery. It would seem that Vin Diesel loves Mopars as much as Dominic Toretto!

By Noni Nchwe