• Feb 23, 2011
Rod "Torque" Redline from Pixar's CARS 2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're pretty big fans of the Pixar film CARS and have been following closely the gestation of its sequel, CARS 2, due in theaters on June 24. To that end, we've already introduced you to a dozen brand new characters who'll be rubbing bumpers with Lightning McQueen and Mater in the new movie. The folks at Pixar picked up on our enthusiasm and offered what is, to us, a very big honor: revealing a new character from CARS 2 exclusively on Autoblog!

So here he is. Meet Rod "Torque" Redline, described by the boys and girls at Pixar as "the greatest American spy in the world" and voiced by legendary Army of Darkness star Bruce Campbell. Clearly inspired by the best Made-in-the-USA muscle machines on the market today, Rod's shape appears to be most heavily influenced by the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, with just enough cues from both to keep his shape ambiguous enough to avoid the lawyers. Sorry Camaro, your influence seems AWOL on Mr. Redline, but you're already the star of a little independant film franchise called Transformers. Regardless, Rod looks ready for action in what's shaping up to be a much farther reaching story than the stuck-in-Radiator-Springs plot of the first film.

Check out Rod "Torque" Redline's official description and turntable video after the jump, as well as our ongoing gallery of new CARS 2 character below.

Rod "Torque" Redline (voice of Bruce Campbell)

Rod "Torque" Redline is considered by many as the greatest American spy in the world. Recruited after the Cold War for both his brains and brawn, Torque is a tough-as-nails Detroit muscle car with a mastery of disguises. In his latest deep-cover operation, he obtained vital information about the plot to sabotage the World Grand Prix. So Rod plans a rendezvous with his British counterparts to share his discoveries at the World Grand Prix welcome reception in Tokyo, Japan. But with the bad guys hot on his tailpipe, Rod is forced to ditch the intel early and with the first party guest he sees – a rusty American tow truck named Mater.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      The Dord Mullenger
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it! haha as weird as this may sound.. I kinda wanna see this movie even though I'm a bit too old for it
        • 3 Years Ago
        All Pixar movies are perfectly enjoyable for adults.

        I loved the first Cars, even though a lot of die-hard Pixar fans didn't like it. Wall-E is one of my all time favorite movies.

        And I'm an adult.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When are they going to realize that the eyes of a car are the headlights.
      • 3 Years Ago

      I love Bruce Campbell, especially in Burn Notice.

      This movie looks like it should be fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      His parents must be: a Dodge Challenger and a Ford Mustang.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks pretty damn Dodge-like to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tourque Redline needs to (((shake))) more when his engine is running. Especially when it starts up and revs. Otherwise, the only thing that could make him any cooler is if they got Bruce Campbell to do the voice--oh, wait...