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Behind the wheel of the new 'Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 (pictures)

The ghostbustin' reboot comes with a new look for the spectre-chasing Ecto-1 car, so we took the souped-up 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood station wagon for a spin to see what it's all about.

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Richard Trenholm

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In the new movie, the Ghostbusters head to spooky calls in a souped-up 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood station wagon with a Eureka Hearse body.

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The new car replaces the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance that transported the team in the original movies.

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If there's something strange in your neighbourhood... The Cadillac logo is replaced with a suitably ghostly badge.

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Director Paul Feig chose the new car because it reminded him of the cars his dad had.

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Look at that slab of a hood. Under there is a 5-litre V8 with a four-speed automatic gearbox.

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In the film, Patty, played by Leslie Jones, borrows the car from her uncle, a funeral director played by a face that will be familiar to "Ghostbusters" fans.

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The car starts out as a black hearse, but looks very different once the team's tech expert Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) gets her hands on it.

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Ecto-1 is equipped with long-range psychokinetic energy (PKE) scanners.

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The specialised spook-spotting kit includes a proton pack pump-out connection with positive and negative polarised spectral foam detectors.

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The ghostbusting kit is fuelled by a power cell with hydrogen and liquid helium tanks.

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Ecto-1's tech specs.

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Yikes.

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Roadshow and Carfection's Drew Stearne drove a replica of the new Ecto-1. That's possibly not a real movie costume either.

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The new Ecto-1 hits the streets of London.

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Behind the wheel.

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Check out this 1980s Cadillac interior.

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We didn't see any ghosts, but we definitely turned heads as we cruised around East London.

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Who ya gonna call?!

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