The windshield was cut off and a shorter, smaller unit from an unspecified car was mounted a few inches forward of the original position. The car's rear track has been widened to fit the new panels, and wider wheels and tires were also used for a clean look. The "Stark 33" license plate comes from the fact that 33 is Downey's favorite number. "Maybe he's a Larry Bird fan," Marek surmised.
Photos: 'The Avengers' Acura NSX
The original six-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission from the 1992 NSX remain, though the car will probably never need the high gears since any speeds above 20 mph would shake loose the new panels. Also unchanged is the cockpit, save for an updated set of seats.
As such, one can drive this film car and quickly forget its exterior doesn't match its 20-year-old interior. There's nothing to tell you otherwise save for the stares you get.
A few laps around the parking lot revealed this NSX to be an easy drive; the engine, brakes and transmission are all plenty capable. The only change to the driving dynamics is the new body cladding lowers the ride height and widens the turning radius significantly.
But you're still tempted to just floor it and hope no one can catch up to you, before you remember the numerous security guards making frequent laps around the campus.
Thus, this NSX is reserved for the closing scenes of blockbuster superhero movies and light duty at movie premiers with none other than a certain genius billionaire playboy philanthropist at the wheel.
They have all the fun.