Batman's new whip was heavily inspired by iconic cars.
This certainly isn't the first time the ever-iconic Batmobile has been rooted firmly in reality. The Tumbler, after all, was built to look like something you really could see some bat-crazed lunatic using in the real world. But this newest Batmobile is something entirely different. If Batman's Tumbler Batmobile was something you might one day see on some far-flung battlefield, this new car is something you're guaranteed to see on the streets of Gotham. Or maybe at your local Cars and Coffee.
That's because it's the most "car-like" Caped Crusader car yet. One of the designers, Andries van Overbeeke, pulled heavily from the world of cars at large, and the influences on this new Batmobile are obvious. There's an obvious link to iconic muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, but the design also pulls from some more niche cars, like the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.
van Overbeeke says he contributed to the new 'Mobile in the very early concept phase, and that the final design was not entirely of his own making. It sounds to us like Warner Bros. pulled from multiple different designers to create the final car you see above. The most obvious influence is, of course, the car's muscle car vibe. The front end and cabin clearly pull from the golden era of muscle cars in the 60s and 70s. There's definitely some Mustang/Charger in the bumpers, fenders, and beltline.
But slightly less apparent is the Lamborghini influence we discussed above. That's especially apparent in the rear of the car. Lamborghini has a thing for hexagons, and so did van Overbeeke's Batmobile concept. While it didn't make it to the final product, the hexagonal exhausts are reminiscent of the rear engine cover found on the Sesto Elemento. The visible gearbox in the rear is also a callback to Formula 1 cars, the Sesto, and other exotics.
You'll also note that some early designs went for a front-engine layout, something that was ditched for the mid-engine layout of the last car. By far the biggest departure from Batmobile tradition is the lack of an afterburner, something present on just about every Batmobile ever. Should this Batmobile live on in another film, we'll definitely be looking for it next time around.