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's Audi R8 V10 Spyder from "Iron Man 2"|
Sure, Tony Stark's Audi R8 from Marvel's "Iron Man" was a pretty incredible ride, but his Audi R8 V10 Spyder from the sequel was even better. We didn't expect you to spot all of the upgrades since A) both of Stark's Audi super cars were insanely fast and featured a muscular and aerodynamic space frame design, and B) you may have been distracted by all the action of Tony and Rhodey blasting their way out of a horde of drones. We did notice the differences,however, and the ones that caught our eye most were under the hood and in the cockpit.
The Spyder’s 5.2-liter, 525-horsepower, 10-cylinder engine was quicker and faster than the R8, packing enough oomph to hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and reach a max speed of 195 mph (the R8's stats were 4.4 seconds and 187 mph, respectively).
|Happy Hogan races from the Audi R8 V10 Spyder in "Iron Man 2"|
The R8 V10 Spyder’s cozy two-seater cabin also puts more tech at your fingertips, including a 6.5-inch LCD display screen, navigation system with 3D maps, rear parking camera, seatbelt microphone for easy open-top phone calls, and 465-watt, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Sure, the Spyder might not be ideal for a cross-country road trip from Malibu to New York for the Stark Expo, but that's where private jets (or Mark IVs) come in handy. Not only would the fuel economy be more efficient, but you'll also avoid the maddening bumper-to-bumper traffic that plagues the Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Bronx Expressway.
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.