Warning: SPOILERS for Cobra Kai Season 5Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) used to drive a badass black and yellow sportscar, and Cobra Kai season 5 finally reveals what happened to it. Picking up soon after Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) and Cobra Kai won the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament, Johnny removed himself from the karate wars. Eagle Fang Karate’s former sensei decided to focus on bringing Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña) back from Mexico, rebuilding his relationship with his son, Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan), and preparing for his girlfriend, Carmen Diaz’s (Vanessa Rubio) pregnancy.
Johnny hasn’t seen his Cobra Kai mobile since he abandoned it at the beach at the end of Cobra Kai season 2. Originally, Johnny drove an old Pontiac Firebird that was set on fire by Louie LaRusso (Bret Ernst) and his friends. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), the owner of LaRusso Luxury Autos, gave Johnny a 2009 Dodge Challenger as an apology for his cousin’s vandalism. Sensei Lawrence quickly took the Challenger to the shop and had them custom paint it in Cobra Kai’s black and yellow colors. Johnny and Miguel proudly dashed around the San Fernando Valley in his badass ride until Diaz was seriously injured and hospitalized by Robby at the West Valley High karate gang fight. Coupled with John Kreese (Martin Kove) stealing the Cobra Kai dojo from him, an anguished (and drunk) Johnny left his car at the beach because it was a reminder of what a “mistake” restarting Cobra Kai was.
The Cobra Kai Dodge Challenger was missing from seasons 3 and 4, but it returns in Cobra Kai season 5, and it was given by Terry Silver to its new owner, Raymond AKA Stingray (Paul Walter Hauser). Silver reveals that Johnny’s ex-whip was found in an impound lot by one of his guys, and the pony-tailed super villain added it to his litany of bribes to Stingray, which included a new apartment, a PS4, and a custom-made gi. The Cobra Kai mobile was meant to buy Stingray’s silence for his part in framing John Kreese for attempted murder, even though it was a drunken Silver who beat Raymond nearly to death. Of course, the Cobra Kai car is hard to miss, and it helped Daniel and Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) piece together Stingray’s role in Terry’s master plan so that they could expose Silver.
Amusingly, Johnny didn’t regain ownership of his Dodge Challenger in Cobra Kai season 5. Lawrence could certainly have used his ride to up his Uber and Lyft star ratings. With a new baby on the way, Johnny decided to get his life on track and joined the ride-share and delivery gig economy to make money. Unfortunately, Johnny’s current ride is a custom-painted Eagle Fang minivan, and it reeked of beer to boot, hence every client Lawrence drove or delivered food for gave him one star. The Cobra Kai mobile wouldn’t have improved Johnny’s service, but it would have been a more impressive vehicle for his Uber and Lyft passengers. Technically, the Cobra Kai Dodge Challenger still belongs to Stingray, so it’s not clear whether Johnny will get it back in Cobra Kai season 6.
Johnny may not even want the Dodge Challenger back in Cobra Kai season 6 since he’s in a different place in life than when he first got that car. But at the end of Cobra Kai season 5, the status of the dojo is up in the air following Terry Silver’s defeat, public exposure, and arrest. Johnny stated his sensei days are over, and he’s prioritizing his blended family. Then again, the lure of being a badass sensei may be too hard for Johnny to resist in Cobra Kai season 6, and if he finally gets the dojo back, Stingray may just be all too happy to return the Cobra Kai Dodge Challenger to Sensei Lawrence.
Cobra Kai Season 5 is streaming on Netflix.