If there are any comic book nerds out there who also happen to be car enthusiasts, chances are there’s been at least one instance on the road where a car has passed you by and you’ve thought ‘… that looks like the Batmobile!’
In celebration of this, and because we’re excited for the upcoming release of The Batman on 4th March, we felt inspired to pick out a handful of real-life cars that could pass for the Batmobile. Just make sure you also have a lot of money and a Bat Cave (aka a big garage) to store them in…
Lamborghini Vision GT
Okay, so it might only be a concept car, but just one look and it instantly scores a 9/10 on the Batmobile scale.
Build by Lamborghini to coincide with the finals of the 2019 FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, the Vision GT is a single-seater hypercar with a design dedicated to sophisticated aerodynamics. A large wing housing a significant Y-taillight dominates the rear and all elements are designed as high performance surfaces, integrating design and aerodynamics.
The main body is disconnected from the fenders, while the typical Lamborghini Y-signature feature for both front lights and rear lights.
The closest thing to this on the road is the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 which shares a lot of the concepts underpinnings, namely a V12 engine and hybrid technology based on supercapacitors. This helps it reach a top speed of 220mph and a 0-62 of <2.8 seconds.
But where would you fit the Bat-missiles?
Aston Martin Valkyrie
The Aston Martin Valkyrie comes as close as possible to a Formula One car without being restricted to the track, and with only 150 made it makes it one of the most exclusive and exciting models on this list… so you’d better believe Bruce Wayne would have one at his disposal.
The all-carbon fiber bodywork carries Aston Martin’s trademark grille outline up to the striking aerodynamic exterior, with an open underfloor helping to maximise downforce so it is utterly honed for performance.
With 1140bhp, the Valkyrie’s otherworldly performance comes via a 6.5-litre V12 engine developed with Cosworth. Starkly different from a traditional hybrid system, the V12 is torque-enhanced during take-off and uses the electric motor for a power boost. Batmobile car? This is it right here.
Ever since we glimpsed this £840,000 behemoth on Top Gear’s Race to London episode, few cars have quite scratched the ‘that’s the Batmobile!’ itch like the Bugatti Veyron 2005-11 model.
With an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged, W16 cylinder engine (basically the same as two V8 engines bolted together), four turbochargers displacing 7,993cc, and 1,250 Nm of torque, it could reach a top speed of 253.81mph.
These eye-popping stats are helped along the way as, when the car reaches 137 mph, hydraulics lower the car until it has a ground clearance of about 9cm and at the same time its wing and spoiler deploy. In this handling mode, the wing provides 3,425 newtons of downforce to hold the car to the road.
Even Bruce Wayne would be happy with those stats.
Tesla Cyber Truck
And now for something slightly different. While Elon Musk often comes across as a comic book villain with a Twitter account, there’s a hint of the famous Tumbler Batmobile in the design of Tesla’s Cybertruck.
Designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car, the Cybertruck is due for release in 2023 and promises a 0-60 acceleration of under three seconds and 500 miles of range unladen. Towing capacity is claimed to be 6,350kg with a payload capacity of up to 1,587kg.
With an emphasis on durability, versatility and capability, backed by its exceptional performance both on and off-road, the Cybertruck is being built using ultra-hard 30X cold-rolled stainless steel: this helps eliminate dents, damage and long-term corrosion as well as keep passengers safe. Its ultra-strong glass can also absorb and redirect impact force for improved performance and damage tolerance too (well, unless you’re trying to demonstrate that at the launch).
Mercedes-Benz SSK Count Trossi
Let’s not forget that Batman was first published in 1939, so it seems only right to put a classic car in the mix. And if ever a production car seemed designed specifically for Batman it’s this: the Mercedes-Benz SSK ‘Count Trossi’.
Over 40 SSKs were built during its production span, and half of those were used as racings cars, so it’s a very rare model. This ‘Count Trossi’ version is rarer still, with the body restyled by the Italian aristocrat as a one-off in 1930. It is now famously owned by fashion designer Ralph Lauren, having been restored by Paul Russell and Company in 1993. You can read more about the SSK ‘Count Trossi’ restoration and see more pictures here.
Featuring a 7.0-litre straight-six supercharged engine, the car is menacing and powerful just like Batman.