We can’t wait for the Avengers on May 4th, which has got us thinking about wheels for Superheros. Acura’s no stranger to having its cars and SUVs featured prominently in mythical flicks where good trounces evil (remember their MDX and ZDX showcased in Thor?)
So you’ll see what looks to be Acura’s NSX convertible (which has been called the “Sports Car Avengers“) in all its glory along with the Acura S.H.I.E.L.D. MDX on the big screen in the Avengers movie on May 4th…
Given that, and the “other” superhero movies slated for release in the coming months – we got to thinking about the on-screen rides our heroes drive. And what they should be behind the wheels of.
Here’s our top five list of vehicles that crime fighters ideally would have parked in their lairs.
Captain America: Ford GT/Ford Daytona Coupe
When Chris Evans appears in the Avengers movie as Captain America this May, he should be driving something American. Enter the Ford GT. It’s as fast as he is and it’s built on our soil, as he was. The only ride that could be better would be the Ford GTs’ predecessor, the Daytona Coupe. Born after Captain America in the 1960′s, the Daytona Coupe is very stylish (thanks to designers Peter Brock and Carol Shelby). And it’s stupid fast. It dethroned the Ferraris the first time it went around at Le Mans, causing so much upset, the Daytona was actually outlawed at Le Mans due to Ferrari’s strong relationship with the governing bodies of Le Mans. Either make would suit Captain America well. The only issue is storage: he needs somewhere to put that shield.
Batman: Lamborghini Ankonian
Bruce Wayne has driven a Murcielago (the Spanish word for “Bat”) in a few scenes before, but when he slips into that rubber suit and his Batman persona, he’s dropping behind the wheel of a fictitious car. It should be a Lamborghini that the Dark Knight pilots, and in particular it should be the Ankonian. Admittedly, this is a concept car – for now. But there’s no reason someone with Wayne’s financial resources couldn’t snap up the blueprints and have it fabricated. Meanwhile, should the Joker resurface in future Batman flicks, he should be rocking the Fiat 500 Abarth. It’s quick and powerful enough for the villain to make his escape, but it’s still tiny and clown-ish. He’d have to get a green and purple paint job, naturally. And perhaps he could take over for J.Lo doing Fiat’s commercials.
Wonder Woman: 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
This superheroine needs something with as little of a roof as possible so she can get her lasso of truth out there and be able to swing it around. Something with T-tops would work perfectly, so we’re thinking a 1978 Firebird with a screaming chicken emblem on the hood. She’d probably also have a huge blower mounted on, too. The Trans Am is no stranger to co-starring on the big screen: it was the tire-squealing car of choice for Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit and for the Hoff in Knight Rider.
Aquaman: Rinspeed Splash
Swiss manufacturers introduced the Splash at the 2004 Geneva Auto Show and it’s a fully drivable amphibious vehicle; one perfect for Aquaman. At the push of a button, this sports car (which packs a 140 hp engine) transforms into a boat, capable of a top speed of about 28 knots. Another button push and a hydrofoil system deploys, leaving the wheels completely free of water contact as the car now flies across the water’s surface at 45 knots. While it’s not submersible, Aquaman is. He can simply drive to wherever conflict is and jump in. Added bonus: the Splash’s engine runs on natural gas, so Aquaman won’t be polluting the ocean while he’s trying to help save it.
Avengers: Mercedes-Benz Unimog
Made by Mercedes-Benz, this multipurpose vehicle is large enough for everyone to jump on. Even the sizeable Thor. And however off-road capable you think most cars are, the Unimog will absolutely destroy them. It’s not very fast, but it is bulletproof (and sometimes bombproof). It started off as a military truck but was adapted to nearly any scenario and can be configured in any way. You can have everything from a flatbed or sleeping quarters or a rotating gun turret installed in the back. They can even fit a snorkel onto the intake and to the exhaust, meaning it can handle deep water. As an added plus, you can even swap out the wheels for tank tracks. We’re only left wondering who amongst the Avengers wins the battle for shotgun?
Got another superhero and car pairing? Share it with us here. Just don’t say Captain Planet should drive a Prius because it’s the greenest. (He should be pushing a Porsche 918 Spyder.)