Before we get started here, let’s make one thing clear: This is not our take on a Batmobile. If you’re looking for how we at 0-60 would build a crime-fighting car for the Dark Knight, check out our Bugatti Veyron-based Batmobile. What you see here is a Batman tribute car, whipped up by us and our sibling publication RIDES in conjunction with Kia and DC Comics. That said, we’re still pretty thrilled by it.
To give the car the appropriate Batman-like color scheme, two tone BASM R-M black paint—both matte and gloss—was slathered all over the Kia Optima’s flanks, while yellow pinstriping outlines the Bat-logo on the sides. The custom body kit, which consists of new bumpers, sideskirts, hood vents and a rear spoiler, was formed by hand specifically for this Kia, and the front grille was redesigned to resemble Batman’s chest piece. The headlights even double as tiny Bat-Signal projectors.
GFG painted a set of 20″ Drama Wheels to match the Batman Optima, adding tiny Batman logos to the center caps and enclosing them in Continental tires. Behind those 20″ rims, Ksport Big Brake stoppers are there to slow things down, and behind them, a Ksport coilover kit gives our Batman tribute car improved stance and handling. Jim Lee even whipped up an original Batman graphic for the rear window.
For the interior, Lux Motorwerks reupholstered the seats, headliner, door panels and dashboard in leather and suede—hey, Bruce Wayne may spend his nights cracking skulls, but he’s still appreciates the nicer things in life. Yellow Batman logos and yellow LEDs dot the interior, and just in case of a crime-fighting emergency, there’s a handful of Batarangs tucked away in the center console. Hey, you never know when the Riddler might show up.
Photography: Andrew Link