The Audi A8, Transporter 3, and Some Super Rad Stunts

On May 18th, 2016 / By

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The Audi A8, Transporter 3, and The Old “Clearing The Gap Between Two Train Cars With Your Audi” Trick

Recently, I walked down to Rock Bottom Brewery on the 16th Street Mall to watch Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks series in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs. After a brief scare in the fourth quarter, the Cavs recorded a resounding 104-93 victory.

Like a proper fan, I arrived a little bit before the match-up, which was airing on TNT, in order to secure myself a good seat. Immediately before the game, the network was showing the 2008 Jason Statham blockbuster Transporter 3. While I’ve never watched the movie in its entirety, I did see the final action scene that concludes the film.

The bartender muted the television, so I couldn’t hear the dialogue; but the gist of the scene was more or less evident from the images. The protagonist Frank Martin (Statham’s character) is locked in some sort of skirmish with a treacherous villain on-board a train that’s speeding through a European countryside. Then, cut to this:

Still image capture from the film Transporter 3 of a 2008 Audi A8 L W12 on the roof of a passenger train.

Yes, that’s Statham entering a 2008 Audi A8 L W12, the German automaker’s full-size luxury sedan, on top of the train’s roof. The villain, previous to this moment, decoupled the train car that the film’s hero was riding on and, seemingly, escaped the clutches of justice.

But, as most viewers of action movies can attest, a cinematic villain never so easily dodges “the long arm of the law,” as the kids say. Statham/Martin being the ingenious chap that he is, won’t let a minor inconvenience such as a decoupled train get in the way of saving the day. So, as you would expect, he jumps the gap between the cars:

Still image capture from the film Transporter 3 of a 2008 Audi A8 L W12 jumping from train to train.

Still image capture from the film Transporter 3 of a 2008 Audi A8 L W12 jumping from train to train (top view).

And, yes, then he smashes through the back of the car on which the fleeing villain (and, obviously, the damsel in distress) rides:

Still image capture from the film Transporter 3 of a 2008 Audi A8 L W12 crashing into the passenger car of a moving train.

The Audi A8, Transporter 3, and The Old “Drive Your Audi Off A Bridge Onto A Speeding Train” Trick

Of course, as a decontextualized viewer, I wondered the obvious: “How the hell did Statham’s character get his Audi A8 on top of that damn train?” Well, I watched the beginning of the scene on Netflix this morning and discovered the answer to my query: he employed the old “drive your Audi A8 off a bridge onto a speeding train” trick. You can check it out in all its glory below:

Still image capture from the film Transporter 3 of a 2008 Audi A8 L W12 spinning its rear wheels.

Still image capture from the film Transporter 3 of a 2008 Audi A8 L W12 jumping from bridge to train.

Still image capture from the film Transporter 3 of a 2008 Audi A8 L W12 landing on the roof of a train.

The Audi A8, Transporter 3, and The Old “Don’t Try This At Home” Trick

Now, I shouldn’t have to mention this, but if you own an Audi A8, it’s highly recommended that you DO NOT perform any of these stunts with your own car. Doing so will result in one or several of the following actions:

  • major injury to your body
  • death
  • major damage to your Audi A8
  • legal troubles
  • incarceration

If you don’t own an Audi A8, but would like to drive one in a not-made-for-the-movies fashion, visit Prestige Imports. Our dealership is located at 9201 West Colfax Avenue between Wadsworth and Kipling. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our Audi Brand Specialists by calling (833) 825-5423. You can also view our Audi A8 inventory online.

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