How the New Knight Rider Car Works

The Original K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand)

David Hasselhoff, playing "Knight Rider" character Michael Long.
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No, the original K.I.T.T. didn't have lasers like the new one. No, it didn't have a cloaking system that used nanotechnology. And it didn't have keyless entry, either. But to many people, the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was the original, and that's all that matters. On this page we'll take a look at what K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand) had and compare it with the new K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Three Thousand).

According to Popular Mechanics, the Trans Am used for the original "Knight Rider" series was a front engine, rear-wheel drive two-door coupe. In the show's universe, the car cost an estimated $11,400,000 to make, and the imaginary specs the car had in 1982 clearly show that. The engine in K.I.T.T was a special "Knight Industries turbojet with modified afterburners," and the transmission was an "eight speed microprocessor turbodrive with autopilot" (which allowed the car drive without any passengers). K.I.T.T. could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in an astounding 0.2 seconds with powerboosters, while braking from 70 to 0 mph only took 14 feet. Many believe the supercar rivaled current concept cars like the Aptera with a fuel efficiency of about 200 miles per gallon.


The original K.I.T.T. also had a few tricks up its sleeve -- however primitive or silly they might seem -- that the new one doesn't. For those tricky climbing situations, the car could use a grappling hook, and fighting off enemies in front and behind was easy with a flame thrower and an oil slick system.

What about the actual Pontiac Trans-AM used to film the "Knight Rider" series in 1982? By today's supercar standards, it would probably be left in the dust -- its V8, 5.0 liter, 145-horsepower engine is no Lamborghini Reventon. On the other hand, the car does deserve some kind of honorary award for out-performing the entire cast of the show.

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  • "Knight Rider car Kitt being sold." BBC News. April 3, 2007.
  • Tannert, Chuck. "Under the hood with Knight Rider 2.0: Trans Am vs. Ford Mustang." Popular Mechanics. Dec. 20, 2007.