Exclusive First Pictures of KITT From The New Knight Rider TV Series: Yes, It's a Shelby GT500KR

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UPDATE: Sources with the involved companies tell us this is the real car — the actual car to be used in the show. But, because "it wasn't working at the effects studio yesterday," someone did photoshop the red light. UPDATE #2: We now have the official first images from the folks at NBC and Ford here, and the exclusive first video of the new KITT available here. Our detective work's paid off on yesterday's rumor on the new KITT. Now not only do we have off the record confirmation from the "involved parties" that KITT will lose the GM third generation F-body (and legions of mullet-swinging fans), but also that he'll be moving up a few steps on the horsepower ladder. That's right, everyone's favorite talking car (no, not spelled K-A-R-R) will be played by a black-with-gray-stripes 550 HP Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang in the new Knight Rider TV show. And thanks to a very helpful tipster who's preference is to remain anonymous (we don't blame 'em) we've got the proof to show you — photos taken from inside of the vehicle build facility out in LA where they're prepping the new Knight Industries 'stang for Cylon-like close-ups. Yes friends, this is the new KI Two Thousand — who wants to touch it? I said, who wants to touch it? OK, well how about just your two cents? Anybody?


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DISCUSSION

I think I posted my reaction to this show a couple of times already. So here I go again. It's a Mustang, Ford paid the production company a lot of money to use it, Ford probably paid NBC a lot of money to run advertising when the show airs.

That aside, we will tune in for the 2 hour premiere, watch the new KITT in action (speed runs, gadgets a go, jumps a plenty), only the story line will suck. But we tune in for the next couple of episodes, see that the car sequences are basically the same (or have be re-used) and the story doesn't get any better, then we stop watching it, and it gets canceled in 8 to 10 weeks. I hate to say it, but all of these remakes suck.