When Tony Stark rides onto the big screen once more in Marvel's "Iron Man 3" May 3, his armor won't be his only upgrade. Since "Iron Man" in 2008, Tony's driven the newest and most stylish cars from Audi, from the R8 Coupe to the R8 V10 Spyder and, now, the R8 e-tron. Now, to celebrate the upcoming release of "Iron Man 3," look back with us at Tony's most loved cars from "Iron Man" to today!
By Zack Zeigler
|Tony Stark rides up in his Audi R8 Coupe in "Iron Man"|
Of course a billionaire super hero is going to own a super car. When Tony Stark wasn't cruising the sky in a hot rod red and gold exoskeleton in Marvel's "Iron Man" back in 2008, he was cruising the streets in an Ice Silver Metallic Audi R8 Coupe--the brand's first super car.
In both appearance and performance, the sleek and savvy German-engineered road rocket is as intimidating and nearly as functional as Tony Stark's Mark III suit. Okay, so the R8 doesn't feature thrusters, hologram displays, or J.A.R.V.I.S., but it's loaded with plenty of other goodies. The 4.2-liter V8 engine provides 420 horsepower that propels the car to speeds in excess of 185 mph. Off the line, you can hit 60 mph in just under 4.5 seconds. And although we don't condone hitting triple-digit speeds or racing for pink slips, the R8's retractable rear spoiler and trademark quattro all-wheel drive would no doubt keep you grounded and in control if you chose to do so.
|Tony Stark and his Audi R8 Coupe in "Iron Man"|
Other eye-catching features on the R8 include an illuminated mid-engine casing that's reminiscent of Stark's circular arc reactor, a string of LED headlamps, a muscular body design made with the strong and lightweight Audi Space Frame, a trapezoidal grill, and 19-inch five-arm double-spoke alloy wheels.
Complementing outside aesthetics are what's packed into the two-person cabin; available options include a built-in navigation system, satellite radio, six-CD changer, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, and Bang & Olufsen audio system.
To own an R8, you'll need to save your pennies...or ask Stark for small loan. Even used, the super cars run somewhere in the neighborhood of $70,000.
Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, "Iron Man 3" is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic super hero Iron Man, who first appeared in the pages of TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 in May of 1968.
"Iron Man 3" is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D'Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
In addition to "Iron Man 3," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Thor: The Dark World" on November 8, 2013; "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Guardians of the Galaxy" on August 1, 2014; the untitled "Marvel's The Avengers" sequel on May 1, 2015; and "Ant-Man" on November 6, 2015.