So many films have featured the Audi brand and its stylish cars over the past few decades, as we have looked to showcase in this celebration of some of the well-known German manufacturer’s best big screen moments…
Audi in Mission Impossible II
Mission: Impossible — Fallout may have been the latest release in Tom Cruise’s hit series of action films. However, we want to take a moment to rewind back to the year 2000 and Mission: Impossible 2 to showcase how Audi has been featured in the hit movie series that has always starred Cruise in the lead role of Ethan Hunt.
When Hunt is tasked to locate and then destroy the dangerous biological weapon ‘Chimera’, it isn’t long before an exciting car chase takes place involving the IMF agent and international thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall. Hunt is behind the wheel of a Porsche Boxster and Nordoff-Hall tries to hold him off while driving an Audi TT — suffice to say that the pursuit between the two German-made cars into oncoming traffic is filled with nail-biting and edge-of-your-seat drama!
Audi in Marvel films
Without a doubt, one of the most successful movie franchises of all time must now be the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There have been 20 films released already — the most recent being Ant-Man and the Wasp — and at least a dozen more in the pipeline. As well as seeing all your favourite superheroes in action throughout these movies though, many of them also feature a collection of sporty and stylish cars from Audi.
All of the standalone movies which make up the Iron Man trilogy feature at least one Audi, for instance. A 2007 R8 and S5 B8 can be found in the first movie, a 2009 A8 LD3 and 2010 R8 Spyder are spotted in the sequel, and a 2012 S7 and R8 e-tron both feature in Iron Man 3. The R8 e-tron also turned up at a VIP screening of Iron Man 3 at London’s Leicester Square a few days before the movie’s general release!
Captain America: Civil War features quite a few Audi vehicles as well. Within its two hours and 27 minutes runtime, in fact, you can see the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus, the 2017 SQ7, the 2017 A4, the 2016 A7 Sportback and even the Audi prologue concept car — a vehicle hailed as “a ‘signature car’ for Audi” by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Development at Audi.
And there’s more! Be on the lookout for an Audi R8, A6 Hybrid and A3 as you watch the excitement unfold in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as an Audi TTS Roadster, R8 Spyder, Q7 and A8 during Spider-Man Homecoming — the first standalone film by our favourite web-slinger since he became involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where film adaptations of well-known comic book heroes feature cars by Audi though. An R8 Spyder features in Wolverine — the titular protagonist’s actor Hugh Jackman even turned up at the London Leicester Square premiere of the film in the same car — and an A8 plays a role in the 2015 big screen edition of Fantastic Four.
Watch a Marvel film then and you really shouldn’t be surprised to feel a temptation to head along to your Audi dealer to see what’s available from the German car maker afterwards.
Audi in Furious 7
Would a piece all about cars in movies be complete without at least one visit to the Fast and the Furious franchise? After all, this is a series which features street racing, heists and espionage using all manners of vehicles and has so far spanned eight main series entries and two additional short films — grossing in excess of $5 billion to date! The franchise is so popular, in fact, that a spin-off movie called Hobbs & Shaw is due for release this year and there’s now even a worldwide live show titled Fast & Furious Live, which includes stunt driving, projection mapping and pyrotechnics.
Let’s keep our focus on the main movies, however, and Furious 7 in particular. This is a film that clutched at the heartstrings, as it was the final one to feature an appearance by series regular Paul Walker due to the actor being killed while the movie was still being filmed.
Furious 7 is also where you can see Audi appearing in the franchise. It was the German manufacturer’s Audi R8 that appears, when it competes in an exciting quarter mile race against a classic Plymouth Barracuda in the early moments of the film.
Audi in the Fifty Shades trilogy
In all three film adaptations of E.L. James’ novels which make up the Fifty Shades trilogy, you can find cars by Audi. The brand’s multiple appearances in a series which followed the relationship of business magnate Christian Grey and college graduate Anastasia Steele came as a result of a partnership which was set up between Audi and Universal Pictures. It was a deal that Audi no doubt has relished, seeing as though the movie series has grossed over $1 billion across the globe to date!
Be on the lookout for an Audi S8 D4, a 2017 S7 and a R8 Spyder during the first movie of the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey. In the sequel Fifty Shades Darker, a set of Audi Q7 cars and an A3 took centre stage, with both the R8 and Q7 returning when the franchise wrapped up earlier this year with Fifty Shades Freed.