Robert Downey Jr. Geeks Out On First Drive Of Audi e-Tron GT

DEC 10 2018 BY JOHN NEFF 21

He also reunites with the original Audi R8 e-Tron he drove in the first Iron Man movie.

It’s been 11 years since Robert Downey Jr., a.k.a. Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sat in the seat of the original R8 e-tron However, the German automaker recently reunited Marvel’s titular superhero with his former daily driver in New York City for a special occasion. The reason: to learn about and drive the latest e-tron model to come from Audi: the e-tron GT.

Tony Stark, Downey Jr., drove a number of exotic autos on screen. Moreover, many were Audis thanks to the brand’s marketing partnership with the franchise. None, however, fit Stark’s character as well as that original all-electric R8.

Today, however, Audi is preparing for the launch of its second production e-tron model. Welcome the e-tron GT that recently debuted at the L.A. Auto Show. In this video, Downey Jr. visits Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte in the Big Apple and gets the low down on e-tron GT. The actor seems genuinely excited about the car; this doesn’t seem to be a normal marketing obligation for him, even though it’s meant to promote the trailer release for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers: Endgame film.

The film ends with Downey Jr. and Lichte driving away in the e-tron GT, something we don’t think the automaker would let anyone do unless they had the clout of an actor like RDJ. Who knows, maybe we’ll see the e-tron GT co-star in Avengers: Endgame with him.

Stay tuned as it seems clear there may be more to come here.

Video Description via Audi USA on YouTube:

Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte and Robert Downey Jr. discuss the design elements of the Audi e-tron GT concept, which will make its film debut in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, set to be released in theaters April 26, 2019.

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Lame. The video ends as he’s getting into the car. Worst car review ever.

I hear they call this “product placement” in the movies.

Okay, now they’re doing this on purpose. Of all the marvel selection, they a chose “Iron Man” specifically to drive their EV. Sigh

So when will it come out in the USA ? What price and range will it have ?
How fast can it charge and where will we charge it?

Tony Stark=Fantasy
Elon Musk=Real Deal
P.S. Still gonna see the movie this spring, wouldn’t miss it!

Groannn… Remember the (9 CARB state) 2016 Volt tie in and promotion with the Tomorrowland movie? If you don’t, you are forgiven. Nobody does. Why? Because GM showed adverts of a car nobody could buy for another year! The movie finally premiered to mostly bad reviews and the Chevy Volt, which seemingly after several national ads, would be a central feature in tbe movie ala Bumblebee Camaro and Jolt of Transformers fame…turned out to be a 2 second blip in the waning 3 minutes of the entire movie. Nobody got it…Nobody caught the tie-in. GM must’ve been on crack! They spent a whole lot if money on a whole lot if nothin’. Audi seems bent on the same trail. Promoting a car you cannot buy who may or may not get 3 seconds with Downey driving into the sunset. I kind of feel sorry for ICE OEMs. OK, I don’t. They all wait for Tesla’s demise. If Apple, Amazon or Google buy Tesla, they could bring the auto giants to their knees in 4 years. Build a Rivian style truck with 400 mile range and 0-60 In 4 seconds. EV SUVs in every size. GM, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Mercedes, Ford,… Read more »

Hey at least they are spending mone9 to make advertisements like this……

Tesla doesn’t have to.

I recently rewatched the original Ironman movie. I can’t believe I didn’t notice the Tesla roadster in his garage the first time. Then in the second movie, Tony Stark shakes hands with Elon Musk. That’s what I get for being late to the party.

Yeah, I was just thinking about that. The original Tesla Roadster in Tony Stark’s garage in the first “Iron Man” movie was a memorable moment for this Tesla fan. The video here… not so much.

The Most exciting EV in “History”,,…. .R O T F …l m a o …This guy is FOS on Some Wicked Drugs & Knows Little to Nothing Of what’s Going On Around Him . **** 🙂 ****

He’s acting.

That’s what he’s paid to do, say nice things. *shrug* I’m not sure some puffing by a paid spokesperson is even worthy of noticing. It is normal and customary.

I think All That Cash Is Wooing Him ! People Will Say & Do Just about Anything If There is Money To be Made ! 🙁

Are you saying that actors act in advertisements for money, the same way waiters wait tables for money? News at 11… We all do our jobs for the paychecks we get. Nothing to get worked up about.

Downey is one of the minority of successful Coke-Heads that can ‘do his thing’ yet function in the real world as well. I suppose one acting job that pays really well is worth it since eventually he’ll need the money.

That said – if they price the E-tron agressively I’d like to take a look at it. I’m in favor of them coming out with a stripped version – rather like the $35,000 Model 3 people are still waiting for. That vehicle, with all the gobbledygook made optional, and therefore not on the stripped version – is the car I think I want, as long as it has the 95 kwh battery intact.

It’s the AUDI electrical components, that you don’t want, that is going to bite really hard after the 60 months of ownership wipes away any existing factory warranty.

If they’d get the ‘bad hair day’ engineer off the sketch blackboard and have him review and double-check his designs, maybe they’d get the basic powertrain working ok and only have problems with the Bells and Whistles, which I hope they make totally OPTIONAL since then I wouldn’t purchase them or have to deal with their idiosyncrasies.

Are you saying RDJ still uses? I thought he has been clean for awhile, thus why he’s successful in Hollywood once again.

Mark Twain: “Quitting Smoking is so easy – I’ve done it a thousand times.”