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Audi, 20th Century Fox team up for 'Spies in Disguise' short featuring Will Smith, Tom Holland

Audi has once again teamed up for a promotional spot in a feature film.

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Earlier this year Audi was touting its inclusion in a Spider Man movie. Now, the German automaker has moved into a new animated feature called "Spies of Disguise" starting Will Smith and Tom Holland.

Ahead of the movie's December release, Audi has teamed up with 20th Century Fox to create a short feature called "Lunch Break", which both entertains and shows off the automaker's technology.

Here's the synopsis straight from Audi:

In the video, suave and smooth Lance Sterling and tech genius Walter Beckett find themselves in a high-speed car chase through the streets and underground shafts of Washington, DC. The unlikely duo are at an advantage in the RSQ e-tron with the concept car's fully automatic driving mode and additional boost capability, which is controlled via Functions on demand.

The electric and fully automated RSQ e-tron concept car, designed in close cooperation with Blue Sky Studios, features autopilot mode, as well as visionary design language and futuristic highlights including a hologram speedometer.

"The action-packed super-spy storyline provides us with a creative medium to showcase innovation and technology, and all that is possible with the future of mobility," says Sven Schuwirth, Vice President Brand Audi, Digital Business and Customer Experience.

"Spies in Disguise" opens nationwide on December 25.

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Audi vehicles equipped with the MIB 3 infotainment system can take advantage of the technology.

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Audi has partnered with iHeartRadio to deliver Hybrid Radio to owners of select 2021 model year Audi vehicles. The result is an industry-first experience.

Models that are equipped with Audi's MIB 3 suite of infotainment technology will be able to take advantage of Hybrid Radio, which allows listeners with an Audi Connect Prime or Plus subscription not switch between broadcast and digital radio signals when they have entered or exited radio signal territories for uninterrupted listening.

iHeartRadio Audi The new technology allows you to take your local radio station with you when you leave its broadcast zone.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

When the vehicle is cycled off and on again, it is able to retain the radio station, picking up the digital radio channel via internet connection.

"The ability to bring Hybrid Radio® to Audi customers would not be possible without pioneers like iHeartRadio embracing this technology," said Pom Malhotra, director, Connected Services, Audi of America. "Audi advances progress through technology, and we are thankful to be able to collaborate with iHeartRadio to continue bringing new conveniences to our customers."

"Radio has always been the consumer's No. 1 choice for companionship in the car," said Michele Laven, president of Strategic Partnerships Group for iHeartMedia. "The innovative functionality Audi is introducing via their Hybrid Radio® experience allows yet another way for that companionship to be seamlessly extended beyond the range of the broadcast signal keeping the consumer connected to their favorite station, no matter where the road takes them."

Hybrid Radio is available to Audi customers at no additional cost as part of their subscription.

It uses the integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. Verizon is Audi's wireless connectivity provider.

Models equipped with the MIB 3 system are arriving at U.S. dealerships this month.

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Audi has designed the special edition to remind enthusiasts of the 1994 RS2 Avant.

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The 2021 Audi RS 6 Avant is a coveted piece of sheetmetal, not just for its wagon body style, which drives enthusiasts wild, but also for its enthusiastic powertrain and dynamic handling. Add in the cool factor of a tribute edition and the message boards will have you fooled into thinking that this is the best car to debut this year.

The new version of the high-performance five-door is limited to 25 miles and brings design elements of the 1994 RS2 Avant forward. It is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that reaches 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The engine propels the wagon from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

2021 Audi RS 6 Avant RS Tribute edition

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The Tribute edition comes standard with a sport exhaust. Audi also adds the Driver Assistance Package (adaptive cruise control and side assist), the Executive Package (heated rear seats, head-up display, and power soft-closing doors), and a Bang Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System as standard equipment.

Unique design elements include a Nogaro Blue pearl effect exterior paint color with black optic accents on the grille, side blades, rear diffuser and black roof rails. The side mirrors match the wagon's body color.

It rides on standard 22-inch five V-spoke trapezoid design cast aluminum wheels in silver with summer tires. The steel brake calipers are painted red.

The car's cabin features carbon twill structure inlays and Denim blue contrast stitching. There are Valcona S Sport seats, perforated steering wheel, RS floor mats, and the leather elements along the upper and lower dashboard. The front seats also include lower seat panels in leather with Denim blue contrast stitch.

The 2021 RS 6 Avant "RS Tribute edition" is on sale now in the U.S. with an MSRP of $136,800.

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