Knight Rider’s KITT Stolen in Toronto

You know what feature the new version of the Knight Industries Two Thousand could use? Theft protection.

Apparently on a publicity event almost a week ago in Toronto Canada, someone managed to steal the actual Modified Mustang that is used in the new NBC series Knight Rider. RGBFilter says

The car was making a stop in Toronto for a publicity stunt in front of Union Station on Front Street.

The car was being unloaded from its transport trailer for a crowd of onlookers. When its handler turned her back for a moment, a man darts from the median, jumps into the still-running ride, and peels off heading East on Front Street.

In the video, you see the security team member wheel the new KITT off the flatbed truck and then exit the car (still running) to return to the truck. With the door still open, some impulsive car thief ran out and hopped in the car and took off.

According to those in attendance, this was a legitimate theft, and not a publicity stunt. If it was then they hired nothing but actors for the security team and PR people because moments after the video, the shit hits the fan and everyone is clearly upset.

Its been almost a week and no one has exposed it as publicity, and its not said if it was recovered.

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49 thoughts on “Knight Rider’s KITT Stolen in Toronto

  1. i call stunt no way would the lady leave the car that far away from the trailer leave it running and the car dor open. and beside the rober wouldnt be dressed in all black hed want to blend in with the crowd make it look like nothing was suspicious

  2. does anyone know what happened with the “spot Kitt contest”?
    Just wondering as this car was parked 3 down from my vehicle this last sunday …. mall parking lot , Kelowna B.C.

  3. This looks fake to me. But for the real stuff… Any one else think it’s time we put this crime genie back in the bottle? We have neglected this work for too long.

    Balls? Any fool can steal. Takes balls to make an invention, develop real skills and meet the conditions of the love even bad boys can’t deny we all long for. Like on eBay, only 15% of people are scammers. We all pay for them. Time we cut them loose from the pack and “encourage” them to stop wasting our time.

  4. Bullshit !! what happened to the tracking system in the car. These guys think everyone is fuckin stupid that they’ll believe this. If it really was stolen the cops would have been after the guy as soon as the chick screamed. I aint buyin it .. :S

  5. Yeah Rodney, I’m afraid it’s impossible to believe.

    For one thing, the press release pretty much tells us what happened.

    But if that’s not enough, we can use a bit of logic to understand that these promotions require the permission, and actually the sponsorship, of the tv show/movie/whatever. So if the robbery was real, Knight Rider wouldn’t allow E! to do the promotion, nor would they sponsor it.

    Nor would E! go ahead and set up a promotion without Knight Rider’s blessing, one that explicitly makes fun of the carjacking, because E! relies on the cooperation of various studios, tv networks, etc.

    So if you want to believe E! is willing to piss off the entities that provide E! with its access and content, then I would like to restate…”wow”

  6. Easy fellas, easy now……

    Regardless, the story, stunt and theft actually *was* totally setup and executed as a smart marketing move. After all, look at all the chatter going you’re all making. It’s obviously working.

    http://autos.canada.com/news/story.html?id=82defb1c-c309-4694-ad4d-dacd325bc2f9 says:
    “Wednesday, the network producing the show revealed the car had been “KITTnapped” as part of a “unique viewer engagement promotion” in which one fan will win a new Ford Mustang.”

    It did look a little bit setup I will admit..

  7. Joel, it’s a Mustang, because they needed money to make the show, and Ford was willing to pony up (yes, pun intended) some dough… and paste their ads all over.

  8. @Seth – While you are busy calling people dumbass – He means that it was a diehard who was upset they didnt make the new KITT a firebird so he stole the mustang.

    Dumbass.

  9. Yea, to the very first comment, it’s a mustang, not a firebird dumbass..the old one was a firebird i think…but even in the video u can clearly see there is no way that’s a firebird..

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    oh and my personal opinion they should have used the lamborghini murcielago lp640 2008 black on black i know budget would not allow them but just thinking about it in reality they never would have been able to use a car like that but for all the knight rider fans this car would have made the best knight rider ever and just to give you an idea of what a black lamborghini murcielago lp640 2008 looks like heres a video on the car im sure you would all agree with me KITT and lamborghini murcielago would have made the SICKEST car on the planet ……..the car in this video is a 2003 not 2008 they look the same more or less this guy talks a little bit too much coz hes tryn to sell it but i just wanted you all to see what it would look like

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzivoz7K2Fk

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    oh and 1 more thing he was down town now for all those people that know down town toronto how far can you get really ……traffic is so tight ……….if they wanted they would have probably caught this guy at the next traffic light

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    whether this was done on purpose or some dude had the guts to jump in that car and zip away it makes good publicity i think its real cool but if that guy really stole that car he probably will never be able to drive it anywhere unless he wants to die trying lol but this was so funny and so cool …………….still y a ford mustang where were their brains like seriously they picked the most pathetic car to make KITT y did they pick some idiot to make a series when this was a car that a whole generation grew up on i cud kick tht producer in the ……… well use ur imagination im sure alot of people who grew up with knight rider will agree with me that this car cant touch the original KITT ……..ya its cool but seriously a ford mustang ………….its like going from first class to …………….wait to be seated ohh well i will still love this new knight rider too just as much but just wish they used their brains a little more

  13. @Maximo, and you think its so hard to believe that E! said “hey, lets take advantage of that theft last week to use it as the basis of the promotion”

    People spot ANOTHER car they had (I guarantee there was more than one on tour for publicity) and have it make random appearances around town for a contest.

    Is that so hard to believe?

  14. Rodney,

    Are you serious? You read that E! press release, and still don’t see how this is part of the promotion? Really?

    It’s simple: Make a public show of revealing the car, gather people and press and cameras around, have this unexpected carjacking occur, get on the news, and then come out with this “KITTnapping”.

    But really, Rodney…wow

  15. HA HA HA! My boy got away! Anyone wanna make an offer I can’t refuse? LOL

    Quality of the video on the I-Phone is crappy, but I too think it’s a fake. That was way too easy, and having been in the car biz, I know drivers never park cars that far away from their lifts. Smart way to generate some You-Tube excitement for the series, though, especially when giving away a new car.

  16. lol that was hilarious. the car thief hesitates for a moment & the takes of running for he car haha. i would of thought that something like that only happens here in LA, but that canadian’s got balls

  17. I hope that women keeps her job. the person who designed the spoiler on the back of the knight rider car needs to be fired. Worst decision ever. looks like shit. do u remember knight rider 2000 the tv movie??? that thing looks like a oscar winning compared to this new nbc show

  18. haha if u believe thats real your a fool…fact is there is no way a car thief would do that …plus not with many many people with camera’s obviously around….hey they said the 2pac biggie shit was real….fact is i no for a fact it wasnt..cops dont really care cause they where partr of the fake fued

    to bad some dumb asses took it seriously and ended there lives.

  19. The TV series apparently is taking some of the criticisms of the TV movie while developing this show. We will have to see if it flies.

    @Mike “Never once does it mention police activity or a concern to get the car back.”

    They have insurance. And its a tour. They are not going to camp out in Toronto hoping for some results. Move on with one of the other cars and keep plugging the show.

    I would wager the E! promotion was spawned from this event, not the other way around.

  20. I wonder if he even knew he was stealing KITT? In the world of cars, this would be like accidentally kidnapping the president. Well, maybe if it was the original KITT anyway. This might be more like accidentally kidnapping Lindsay Lohan.

    Great video anyway. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

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