The Caped Crusader would approve.
Earlier this month, we got our first glimpse at the new Batmobile that will star in 'The Batman' reboot next month starring Robert Pattinson, and directed by Matt Reeves. In contrast to the military-inspired Tumbler that Batman drove in 'The Dark Knight' trilogy, the new Batmobile is more grounded, with a design inspired by classic American muscle cars like the Dodge Charger and Ford Mustang. Too bad they didn't use this badass BMW 3.0 CSL for inspiration - it's even nicknamed the 'Batmobile.'
The BMW 3.0 CSL IMSA 'Batmobile' is one of the most insane race cars ever built by the German automaker. It first raced in 1973 where it won the European Touring Car Championship was nicknamed the 'Batmobile' as a reference to its massive rear wing and front splitter.
BMW also made a road-going version for homologation purposes limited 1,265 examples, but its racy looks were toned down. To rectify this, artist Khyzyl Saleem has created a digital render envisioning what a road-going BMW 3.0 CSL IMSA should look like. The artist has removed the car's eye-catching BMW Motorsport racing livery but kept the race car's aggressive aerodynamics.
Like the race car, the road-going BMW 3.0 CSL IMSA features a ferocious front splitter and a gigantic rear wing that doesn't look road legal. It makes the flagship BMW M8 Competition look rather tame by comparison.
The artist has also modernized the road-going Batmobile with LED headlights to improve visibility on the road, added a side exit exhaust, and lowered the suspension to bring the car closer to the ground. Good luck driving it over speed bumps. A black paint job, flared wheel arches, and custom wheels complete the look. We think the Caped Crusader would approve.
Sadly, BMW will never put this rendered BMW 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile' road car into production, but you want to own a BMW customer race car you can still buy the M2 CS Racing.