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This is Jay Hernandez the star of the new Magnum PI, after being off our stream for almost 30 years the new magnum PI keeps a lot of what we love from the original PI intact But breaks the mold with some contemporary thrills.
Today, we picked up Jay to take a ride in the show's new wheels, the 660-horsepower Ferrari 488 Spider.
And to take a trip down memory lane, we also had a go in the original Ferrari 308.
So look who I found, it's Jay Hernandez, star of Magnum PI, himself.
And look at that.
You'll all over the place.
I hope that there's a camera that can catch that [LAUGH] cuz that is, I mean.
That's quite, quite impressive.
Yeah and we are behind the wheel of something that you are probably very familar with the Ferrari 448 Spider.
Yes, I am.
I've driven it a number of times.
Still not enough, though.
Still not enough.
Never enough time [CROSSTALK].
Behind the wheel is fun.
Yeah, for those at home, we're dealing with a 3.9 liter, twin turbochurged V8 engine.
That's only about a liter more than the original 308.
But almost twice.
Almost two to three times the amount of power that you get out of this car.
So that's a little impressive.
I can speak from experience.
I have driven the three eight and the four eight eight, it's night and day.
Yeah, it's pretty much just throwing technology at everything.
It's an amazing car.
So we've got new Magnum P.I. You've got a new facial hair situation.
[LAUGH] Yeah [CROSSTALK]
Like why would you stick with Ferrari as the car in that show?
Is it that central to the Magnum P.I. character?
Or is there more to it.
Yeah, I feel like it is.
I don't know.
Tom Selleck and Magnum PI in general brought that car into the American conciousness.
Kinda like gave us something to hope for, to wish for, to have dreams about.
Kids had posters of that red Ferrari on their wall for decades, right.
It's become such an iconic thing and the mustache was, that was TOm Sellick.
He thought that went to the character.
But you can't have Magnum without the red Ferrari.
It's just integral to the character.
And I'm glad we still have it, this car is a beast.
It's one of those things where you actually have to be careful of the power Mmhmm.
Because if you don't know what you're doing and you just slam that gas down it will go.
Yeah, top speed is 202 miles per hour if I'm not mistaken.
We're going to try and hit that in LA traffic today.
Yeah, let's do it.
Let's do it.
Watch out there's a cop right there.
By the way, I don't know what I'm doing.
[LAUGH] Are you getting used to the paddles?
Yeah, well, they're pretty easy to get used to.
The thing that is, yeah, that's odd, is the button for reverse, but then the paddles for the gears, and then the two paddles for neutral.
It's just, it's kind of a uniquely Ferrari thing, where they're like, it's.
It is an automatic transmission, you can drive it in manual.
But they don't really treat it like that, they treat it like a racecar.
Well, yeah, yeah, at its bones, it's supposed to be on the track.
That's what this car wants to do is be on a track, right?
Yeah, so how much of the driving in the show are you actually doing?
I do a lot of it.
[UNKNOWN] Unless there's some crazy stunts.
But those are not generally done in this car.
It's like the cars that are doing stunts are getting blown up, and shot at, and everything like that.
Are they blowing a lot of these up?
[LAUGH] It's not in the budget.
It would be too painful for fans of Ferrari to watch this car.
It would be pretty awesome, though.
We actually Say, destroy a 3 0 A in the pilot episode, and I believe the 4 0 A gets shot up
Yeah, I got a chance to take a peek at the pilot, and it's action packed, man.
Right off the bat, like first scene
And I mean, on some level you're working with director of Fast and Furious.
I was just gonna say that.
So he's like...
Direct the pilot.
And he's all about fast cars and sexy scenery, and explosions and big set pieces.
So he brought that to the show.
He kinda set the tone for the rest of what Magnum PI's gonna look like.
Do you have a love for cars outside of this?
I do, yeah.
I love fast cars.
I love fast cars, I always have, cuz I drive a fast car myself.
I actually have an old stick.
Like a manual transmission.
There's something kind of wonderful about a clutch and a stick.
I don't know what it is.
The paddles are obviously gonna be More efficient than I could ever be.
That being said, there's something great about controling the power.
And making it do what it does.
So, yeah, I kinda miss that, cuz Everything's kinda moved to the battles.
How much does this car cost?
What's the MSR.
A lot [LAUGH], a whole lot.
It's one of the numbers that I've been trying really hard not to look at, as I drive it through heavy traffic in LA.
So I'm gonna reming you one more time, this car costs a grand total.
No, No, I'm [INAUDIBLE].
Yeah, a lot.
A whole lot.
No pressure, though.
See, that's what I love.
So I've driven that Tesla.
The new Tesla.
That's got the updated software on it.
Where you can go zero to 60 in like nothing seconds.
And it's fast.
So then, most super cars.
Which is crazy.
That being said, there is something special about the combustion engine.
And the sound that it makes.
Well, I mean, back to what you were saying with manual transmisions, there is an element of, I did this.
It's almost like analog.
[SOUND] It's why [INAUDIBLE].
You can't do that with an electric motor.
That you can't.
Everybody who gets behind the wheel of this car.
It does something.
I'm imagining that you've spent a reasonable amount of time behind the 308 as well, all right?
I have but not as much.
I actually drive this [INAUDIBLE].
In the pilot the 308 gets demolished so It's like saying, we are paying homage to the original, this is Toms Alex's version, it's like the old school one.
We drive it, it gets destroyed, then we move on to this car, and now this is my car.
It's like a completely different car It's much smaller, it's much more connected, everything from the gated shifters, to the really heavy sort of clutch pedal and steering, it's like you almost gotta be buff to drive that car around.
Yeah, it's very labor intensive.
The turning radius is not great.
[LAUGH] And there's no speed on the initial
You know on the initial takeoff, it takes a moment for the turbo to kick in.
And that's when I feel like it kind of, okay there's the Ferrari.
But it takes a second.
This one is instantaneous.
If you push that pedal down, you're going to go.
But there is something that is kind of timeless about the beauty of the 308.
Yeah, it's just like standing around looking at the-
That design will always Be a sexy design.
What year did it come out, do you know?
I think it debuted in 77 at an auto show and it came out like around 80s.
So we go to the track next?
[LAUGH] I wish, I wish.
All right the 488 Spider is a sweet ride but next we took a ride in the 1980s automotive poster child the Ferrari 308.
Magnum's original ride from the original show.
Now let's see if you can get it out of gear, buddy.
[LAUGH] No pressure.
So much pressure especially when the owner's looking at you.
Yeah, I wonder how many are left?
That's a really good guestions.
I mean, we've got at least two of them behind
Behind us right now.
So quite a few.
I mean, I think people who loves these cars are really invested in like keeping them in good working order and just loving the heck out of the car.
Yeah, dedicated fanbase for sure.
It's funny because I was with you for the past whatever, two hours it took for you to set this up But I'm sure people have stopped.
It catches your attention and people gravitate towards these cars.
Yep and it's, like I said, where the new Ferrari, the 488 has that sort of visceral performance that are sort of visceral from the driver's seat This gets that same sort of emotional reaction-
From people when they walk past it.
They want to take a picture of it.
They want to peek inside and ask questions.
There's also that sort of nostalgia aspect, everybody Fantasized about this car, man.
Like, I mean, this is gonna be what's on the poster.
Yeah, it's just-
You know, in your house.
So off the bat, what I'm noticing here is, you know, much smaller engine, 2.9 liters instead of 3.9 liters, a lot less power, 237 horsepower, versus six hundred and
60, but I mean, this just feels like a car of a different era.
The steering, there's no power steering, so it's just really heavy.
You gotta muscle it.
You gotta sort of muscle it around.
Even the clutch pedal is really heavy, and it takes a lot of effort to sort of push it in.
And I'm also, I mean, the wheels sort of, this is the wheel Right there, on the other side of that.
So your feet are sort of smooshed down into this little space.
It's interesting because driving this car was hard for me.
I'm not that tall.
Tom Selleck is like.
Six or something.
I don't know.
You see pictures of him standing next to this car.
It's like how did he.
I don't know how he fit in the car.
They must have done something [CROSSTALK].
They took the rails off of the feet, dropped it down and they pulled a lot of the padding out of the seat.
Are we gonna be able to go fast enough for that turbo to kick in?
We'll see when we hit that tunnel we hit earlier.
We'll be able to.
Wanna compare how this one sounds relative to that one, as well.
The suspension's a little different too.
It is a lot different.
Well, this is good, old-fashioned, let's just set the suspension and forget it.
Whereas, the other one has a lot of sort of adaptive suspension stuff happening.
So it's constantly sort of like reading the road.
The other one is a computer.
This is not a computer.
Yeah, so this is a car you dodge potholes in.
Yeah, that's right.
It's not as fast as the new one and it's not as easy or as comfortable as the new one, but it kind of makes you appreciate because, in its day, this was a fast car.
People drove this thing like balls to the wall.
This was it, like you know.
And it took not just skill but strength, you had to be in shape.
It just really sort of makes you appreciate sort of what came before the cars that we have now.
So you and cars go way back?
My dad's a mechanic by trade so we've had cars around us my whole Whole entire life.
Yeah, it's funny, we just passed a Dodge Challenger.
And both guys in the car had their eyes locked on us.
I mean, you're private eying, you want something that kind of slides under the radar, but then.
It's funny, Higgens actually has a line, she said, you're driving a big red Tallywackers.
How are you being inconspicuous?
All right, so now we get to hewar what this 2.9 sounds like.
I thought there was another one behind us.
I could hear them.
That was a good sound.
It sounds great.
Obviously, it's more high pitched.
The 488 is more gutteral.
Its kinda got that, I like to call it like a hollow sound, where it just kinda sounds like it's been tuned.
Tuned like an instrument whereas this kind of-
And it has, yeah.
And the end of the day it's like-
This one just sorta feels more like that's what the engine sounds like.
That's the high wine.
Yeah, it's like, I'm topping off guys, leave me alone [LAUGH].
That was the other strange thing.
First gear Is down and-
The dogleg, yeah.
That threw me off because I think every car I've ever driven, is forward and up.
Now it's like left and up, how's the clutch feel?
This left leg is going to be like that much bigger than the other leg.
It's getting a good pump on here.
But haven driven both of these cars, and I'm wondering which one do you prefer?
I prefer the 488.
You prefer the 488?
And so what's.
Is it just like the convenience of it that's doing it for you?
Or are you more of an outright speed demo?
I think it's the speed and the sound.
This car's fun and it's manual, which I actually prefer?
I don't even think they make those 488s [INAUDIBLE]
I think I'm actually gonna have to agree with you.
I've got a lot of love for this car, and I'm glad that I got an opportunity to drive it.
But my heart of hearts keeps telling me, go for the faster car.
[LAUGH] And, I mean.
At the end of The end of the day, the speed of the 488 is undeniable.
It is undeniable.
The appreciation of this car is subjective, and there is a lot of it there.
But undeniably, the 488 is the one I would go with.
And this, like I said, it's sort of like gives you that appreciation.
Like, I appreciate the older ferrari.
It makes you feel warm.
Inside this car.
It's like seeing an old relative, you know what I mean?
But the 488 is like going out on the weekend and seeing a hot girl.
You know what I'm saying?
It just gets the blood pumping!
So it's kinda like, I guess, you appreciate the previous Magnum P.I.
and you appreciate everything that Tom brought to the role in the The original series had, but hopefully we're all really gonna love the new show.
I hope so, I mean-
It'd be a great metaphor [CROSSTALK]
Yeah, no, I think it is.
I think the symbolism of the 308 and the 488 and us crashing the original one and then moving on to the new
New version, it was kind telling audiences like hey, we respect, we pay homage, but we are something new, we're something exiting.
So we're gonna crank the original.
It's like next next generation
[LAUGH] Well listen man, I really appreciate this.
Sure is brother, yeah.
Enjoy the rest of your day, and I really hope you get some rest after this.
[LAUGH] Sounds good.