Celebrity Cars: Hugh Jackman (Audi R8 Spyder)

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Net Worth: $55 Million
Famous For: As Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
(2000-2018), Van Helsing, and The Greatest Showman

MSRP: $165,000
Top Speed: 201 miles per hour
MPG: 14 city / 23 highway



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Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer who got his start in the entertainment industry in the early 1990s after studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Western Australia. The night of his graduation in 1994, he received a call offering him a role in Correlli (1995), an Australian television series. Only unemployed for about 13 seconds, Jackman became a local celebrity in Australia and then ventured to London in the late 1990s to work with the Royal National Theatre.

By the new millennium, Jackman became a household name in America when he was cast as Wolverine in X-Men (2000). This marked the beginning of his record-setting portrayal of a Marvel superhero that has spanned over the last 18 years and includes films like X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Deadpool 2 (2018). Outside of his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s also starred in Kate & Leopold (2001), Van Helsing (2004), The Prestige (2006), Prisoners (2013), and The Greatest Showman (2017), the latter of which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. 

Continuing to work in television, film, and theater, the 51-year-old Jackman is one of the most beloved actors in the industry today. He’s amassed an impressive net worth of $55 million and isn’t shy about sharing the wealth as a renowned philanthropist who works as a global advisor with the Global Poverty Project, World Vision, and the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organizations.

2014 Audi R8 V10 Spyder Specs

Audi introduced the first R8 sports car in 2003 in concept form before putting it into production in 2006. With Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen Group, owning Lamborghini and Audi, the R8 was based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and shared the same chassis and engine. The inspiration was genuine but sharing parts was cost effective with over 28,600 R8 models built between 2006 and 2015.

Throughout the early years of production, the Audi R8 went through several revisions seen in the R8 Coupe 4.2 FSI Quattro, produced from 2006 to 2012, and the R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro, produced from 2009 to 2012. The R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro debuted in 2010 and remained in production for two years as Audi introduced the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI Quattro (2011-2012), the R8 GT (2011-2013), and the R8 GT Spyder (2012). The models were highly marketed and gained even more prominence in 2008 when the Marvel Cinematic Universe put Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) in the driver’s seat of an R8 V8 in Iron Man (2008). The R8 e-tron prototype was used in the Iron Man sequels and even joined Downey on the red carpet for the United States premiere of Iron Man 3 at the El Capitan and TCL Chinese Theaters (2013). 

With demand soaring after Iron Man, Audi was at it again and presented Hugh Jackman with an Audi R8 Spyder to drive in The Wolverine (2013). Jackman also drove a red 2012 Audi A4 Coupe in the film and later, in X-Men: Days of Future Past, was spotted driving an Audi R8 e-tron. By this time, Audi named Jackson the spokesman of the brand as the Marvel star promoted Audi with ads and special appearances around the world. Jackman even arrived to the London premiere of The Wolverine in an R8 V10 Spyder, which sent fans and the media into a frenzy!

So, what makes the Audi R8 V10 Spyder so special? From its power to its luxurious interior, the R8 Spyder brings new meaning to the need for speed and comfort on the road.  Upon its debut, the R8 V10 was the highest-performance R8 on the market offering a revving 5.2-liter V-10 engine with 550-horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The high performance engine pushed the car to a top speed of 201 miles per hour and reached 0 to 62 miles per hour in just over 4 seconds.

The powerful engine is only one selling point of the R8 V10 Spyder, which is one of the most comfortable cars in the Audi lineup. The engine’s power is felt only behind the wheel with the interior designed to provide the utmost in comfort from its quiet interior to its plush seats. The seats are manual-adjust and provide ample support on smooth roads while high speeds and bumpier roads make the R8 Spyder less comfortable, which is to be expected. Other features include the V10 Spyder’s Sport mode, which offers a firmer ride and better body control. These features add to the R8 base price of $130,000 with the V10 Spyder coming in around $165,000. 



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