Next summer, when The Avengers opens to packed multiplexes, playboy billionaire Tony Stark will be rolling in a trick new ride. After driving an Audi R8 in the two Iron Man features, Stark apparently switches to a never-before-seen Acura sports car (in keeping with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s use of all Acura vehicles, as seen in this summer's Thor and Captain America films).
The new ride appears in a series of on-set photos published at SuperHeroHype.com (borrowed from WENN.com) showing Robert Downey, Jr. standing next to it as Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) look on. Another shot, posted at WorstPreviews.com (we've posted a cropped version here), shows the mystery Acura convertible by itself, parked on the set in New York's Central Park.

Note to the spoiler-averse: the WorstPreviews.com report explicitly details the scenes that were filmed, and they're reportedly for the the conclusion of the movie. So, you've been warned.

We also have a note in to Acura to see if they'll give up any other information. We'll update the post accordingly if and when we know more.

UPDATE: Acura spokesman Gary Robinson has gotten back to us. Follow the jump to see what he had to say.
In an email to Autoblog, Acura's Gary Robinson said the following:

"As you may know, Acura has been in the Marvel Comics Universe films as the official car of their fictional law enforcement agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. That relationship continues for The Avengers.

The open-top sports car that was photographed yesterday is a one-off, fictional car that was made just for the movie and will not be produced.

That said, as you may also know, our CEO has said publicly that we are studying the development of a new sportscar, but we can't say any more about it at this time.
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Mr. Robinson also said that he's unable to tell us any specifics about the use of the car in the film beyond what's suggested in the photos, and that Acura itself won't know the full extent of the car's appearance in The Avengers until the film's release next spring.


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      Kelly Hatcher
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drive an S2000 and I believe the front end design DNA is very Much an S2000 but not the rear end.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please be the successor to the NSX!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Kind of hard to be when Honda killed that project...
          Dennis Baskov
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          No they didn't. Research it.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Yes they did. They're developing a new sports car. They're not developing an NSX successor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        [blocked]
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      New NSX? Hopefully. New something SPORTY? HOPEFULLY!!!! New styling direction? I hope so. That's very sexy. Please Acura......please.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth
        [blocked]
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh please let this be a quasi NSX concept placement advertising thing. From the looks of it I kinda like it. That huge grill which I think we all hate is very toned down and the edges look very evolved form of Acura's current styling trend.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe the people out there stupid enough to think that some large carmaker is going to spend millions of dollars on product placement for a future summer blockbuster movie and they are simply going to use some one-off car and leave it at that. How naive are you folks?! Maybe that exact car won't make it into production, but I would say that the possibilities are very good that this is a glimpse into Acura's next-gen styling language. A car company isn't going to spend alllll that money just to show off something that no one will ever buy - that's moronic and companies aren't out there to just give out free one-off vehicles to movie studios just for the hell of it.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Uh Transformers 2 and 3 had the Corvette Centennial Concept in them. The concept previews the looks of the upcoming C7.
      Hashiryu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the Honda HSV racecar (that was under development to replace the NSX, now raced in Super GT) With the Acura corporate nose slapped on. Not bad.
        matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hashiryu
        I was thinking the same thing, except when you look at this picture: http://www.superherohype.com/gallery/the-avengers/the-avengers-set/135968-photo-credit-wenncom#joomimg -it looks like it could have the engine in the rear with all those cooling vents. If so, it's not the HSV-10.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hashiryu
        [blocked]
      bobpell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does the car look like it is smiling, or is it my imagination?
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great, but I want to see the whole car before I deem it more beautiful than the R8.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Acura spent enough money sticking as many SUV's they could in the Thor movie, so this is no surprise.
      tucsonthedog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do we have misleading ads that promote a scam and mislead the public? Please have these removed. Thanks.
      Ric Kaysen
      • 3 Years Ago
      That last Times Square scene in Captain America was a pretty good clue they were gearing up for the next Acura infomercial/product placement.
      j
      • 3 Years Ago
      HOPE You raped the Prelude and left it for dead. You shot the CRX in its cylinder head. You killed the Integra, then buried its young (RSX) You maimed the Civic... I hate the new one. You stabbed the NSX with the world's sharpest knife. You destroyed the S2000, and ended its life. You gave us hope with the HSC, Then cut it off... (Drake pause) ...amputee. You had nerve to flaunt times at the 'Ring, Only to not even build the damn thing. And still we buy your Japanese poo. So what if it's made in Ohio... Woohoo. (- _- ) THIS could be your chance to right those wrongs, And let no more engines sing their swan songs. So here is a push, your shot of caffiene, To give us your best in a four-wheeled machine. ...Don't f#@king blow it.
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