Knight Rider 3000 (K.I.T.T. 2008)

Yes, the much awaited rebirth of the famous 1980’s series ‘Knight Rider’ is here!

I’ve always been a mojor fan of this to the extent that I even had the experience in sitting in one of the 11 original KITTs used on the actual TV series that was on display at Universal Studios in the late 80’s.

I never get tired watching a rerun & enjoy the show for what it is. I just wish that such a car could be manufactured but then again, that’s why the story remains fiction…

There are some previews on Youtube

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Knight Industries Three Thousand – K.I.T.T

While you may or may not agree with NBC’s decision to make KITT a Ford Mustang in the new Knight Rider series, we’re pretty sure that you’re gonna tune in next February nonetheless if for no other reason then to see what modern technology can do to a talking, crime-fighting car.

Well luckily Popular Mechanics has what is reportedly an exclusive spec sheet detailing all of the Knight Industries Three Thousand’s many capabilities, including much of the in-vehicle biometric and genetic testing you’d expect, along with such military features as laser weapons, a missile defense system, and even a targeted electromagnetic pulse for frying an enemy’s gadgets or pulling off the odd casino heist.

One cutting-edge device that has been left out is a breathalyzer-based ignition system, which was allegedly scrapped at the last minute after designers learned that David Hasselhoff would not in fact be getting behind the wheel this time around.

The Knight Industries Three Thousand (K.I.T.T.) is an upgrade to The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.). Voiced by Val Kilmer, KITT is a 2008 Ford Mustang GT500KR and has similar features as compared to the original KITT including the ability to morph into a “Super Pursuit mode”, a new effect achieved primarily with CGI animation.

The new KITT boasts the following features among others:
– 550 horsepower solar hybrid engine
– Sports-tuned suspension
– Xenon headlamps with infrared night-vision
– Metallic paint with nanotech enhanced camouflage including morphing License Plate.
– Military satellite access
– FBI database access
– Self-regeneration and damage repair
– High-speed Internet
– Artificial Intelligence
– Voice-activated GPS
– Apple Wireless Keyboard in the glove box under an accessory drawer
– Biometric Interface to access security features.
– Wireless headset to communicate with passengers within a limited distance.
– Biomedical Scanner.

It is important to note that if KITT’s Artificial Intelligence is offline, the self-regeneration mechanism is inactive, making him as vulnerable as an ordinary car. Part of the shutting down procedures of KITT’s AI includes the release of the clutch pedal as well as a stick shift to allow manual control.

Other details from the pilot film:
– Driving cross-country, KITT can average a speed of 191 mph (307 km/h). (627 mi (1,009 km) in 3 h 17 min)
– Although largely solar powered, KITT does use gasoline; with 91% of the energy being recycled, he averages 167 miles per gallon.

Instead of the famous communicator watch, KITT communicates with his operators via a wireless headset, and can access wireless phone networks. Since KITT can tie into numerous computer systems, he is able to emulate many of the functions of the watch, such as unlocking doors.

Connections to original Knight Rider

Besides the remixed and original theme song and cameo by Michael Knight, the original KITT is shown (although in pieces) in the scene where the bad guys search the garage. The Trans-am body (sans-hood) is partially covered by a tarp, on which rest the rear spoiler. The famous KITT steering wheel (labeled “Knight Two Thousand”) and “KNIGHT” license plate are also shown, along with numerous black car body parts.

The original series stated that the original KITT was designed by Wilton Knight. The 2008 film says that Graiman had a major hand in designing the car and the AI, and was subsequently relocated to protect him and his family.

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Comments
3 Responses to “Knight Rider 3000 (K.I.T.T. 2008)”
  1. Fortress Guy says:

    I thought the morphing was a bit much. Funny gag about the breathalyzer.

    I did not think Val Kilmer was the greatest voice.

    Here is my take on season 1 (with pics) if you are interested:

    http://fortresstakes.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/knight-rider-2008-2009-season-1-17-episodes/

  2. I suppose I’m gonna need to read up some more but this was a pretty good place to start.

  3. Nerissa says:

    I love Kitt for who he is There’s nothing wrong with a mustang His voice is perfectly balanced between a robot (what he is) and a feeling thing (what he is as well) You did not over do it to either side

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