Next to Bullet, Ronin probably features the best car chases in the history of the silver screen. For those of you who haven’t seen it, Ronin is about five spies who are ordered to steal a briefcase for the IRA. Robert DeNiro plays an ex-CIA operative who has considerable driving skill. In one particularly memorable scene, DeNiro chases the film’s antagonist through the streets of Paris in a BMW E34 5 series. The chase involves turns, and driving the wrong way on major motorways. Occasionally, the camera cuts to DeNiro’s feet as he heel toes to execute a daring maneuver.
Other cars featured in the film include a Ferrari 250 California Spyder worth between $4-$6 million. A Ferrari 456 can be spotted as DeNiro scopes out his mark outside of a swanky hotel in a Southern France. In the same scene, a Bentley Turbo R and Rolls Royce Corniche also make a brief appearance.
Car wise, the star of the film is the Audi S8, specifically requested by driving expert, Larry (Skip Sudduth). Also per his request, the S8 is fitted with a bottle of nitrous. The standard S8 produced 335hp via a 4.2 liter V-8. It reached 60 mph in just over 5 seconds, and with Audi’s signature quarto all-wheel drive it was the perfect car to chase down a valuable briefcase while driving on narrow city streets, and steep dirt roads. The 1996 Audi S8 is an understated car, only brushed aluminum mirrors, and subtle badging distinguish the S8 from the normal A8, making its humble exterior appealing both to business executives and to international spies.