A classic car chase scene is one of the more exhilarating cinematic experiences a serious moviegoer could possibly ask for. So a poorly executed car chase can oftentimes be unrealistic and thereby extremely boring. But a well-crafted one easily keeps the viewer engaged, enthralled, and energized. It wasn’t until Bullitt where Steve McQueen set the standard for car chases because it was shot at actual speed. Nowadays there are many ways to recreate a car chase that imitates exactly what would happen IRL. And every year we keep wanting more. So with that, I give you the top three movies this summer with wicked car scenes you just have to see!
Captain America Civil War
Audi has been tied into Marvel movies since the first Iron Man film in 2008. And what better character to drive an Audi than the likeable, funny, and confident Tony Stark? He is the superhero that wants everyone to know exactly who he is. And let’s be honest, is there any other car that fits Tony Stark better? In Captain America: Civil War, he opts for the 610-hp R8 V10 plus. But it’s not the only Audi in the film. The SQ7 and A4 Sedan also make appearances. With scenes from the actual movie, Audi made a fun commercial showing the versatility of the brand in a legendary car chase scene:
Marvel also made a custom comic story for the Avengers with Audi as the undercover transport for the Black Panther. The rest of the characters also drive Audi vehicles as additional cover support for the team. The making of The Avengers In: King of the Road can be viewed below.
Who isn’t excited for this movie? If you’re not, you probably just hate all movies. Which is fine. But considering that the much-anticipated Joker is set to make a terrifying and chilling appearance, I don’t know what could be holding you back. And you know what we get to see? The Joker’s car. Despite Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s wonderful performances, Jared Leto looks to be kicking it into another gear. And another gear means there’s going to be a chase. Here’s a look at his ride from fan footage during the movie shoot:
If you look closely, you can see it in the official movie trailer as well.
The car itself isn’t any specific model, it’s chopped up and put back together with an Infiniti G35 chassis and a custom frame designed by Vaydor, which is a company that makes and sells fiberglass frames for you to build your very own supercar for a much lower price. No matter how cool the car looks, you better still have the tires to match. Even the Joker needs a good set of tires, and you’ll have to go see the movie to find out if he does!
Superhero movies clearly are all the rage in this countdown. What’s most evident in the movie is the appearance of several cars, including vintage cars as well. For instance, a 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 convertible is driven by Cyclops and is in multiple scenes while an unidentified Jaguar makes its way up the drive to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Beyond those appearances, other cars that are clearly visible include Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, and Ford.
Since there are fewer car chase scenes and more cars getting cut in half in this film, X-Men: Apocalypse makes this list for a different reason: the Kia X-Car. In continuing their collaboration with 20th Century Fox and the X-Men films, Kia has created a new version of the Sportage to promote the movie while sponsoring the Australian Open tennis championship. Inspired by the character Mystique, the car has a textured and gloss blue paint with red and yellow highlights and racing wheels and tires. Here’s the promo video with tennis star Raphael Nadal, a shapeshifter in his own right on the tennis court. The video was to promote the upcoming May release of the movie during January’s Australian Open tennis tournament:
This summer should be an exciting one with plenty of great movies to see filled with great action and great cars. Tell us in the comments section what movie cars you saw this summer that blew your mind.