Battle of the Batmobiles

By Brock McPherson

One of the most iconic vehicles in film history is the Batmobile, there’s no denying that. A problem does arise, however from its 50 year history on screen, and that problem is that there have been four different live-action Batmobiles, all completely different. (Note: The Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney Batmobiles will be treated as a set) A group of people could talk about “The Batmobile” and all be thinking of different cars. So, the reasonable thing to do is see which one would win in a race. I’ll be doing this by comparing the power and weight of each to see which has the best ratio.

movies_batmobile_history_gallery_1The Adam West batmobile was based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Not much is known about this car, as all the official records burned in a fire at Ford HQ in 1962. From what can be gathered, this concept car had a 368ci V8 engine said to be capable of 330 horsepower, but this may not be true, as their standard engines at the time only made 205. This is made even more confusing as a press release for the Batman series claimed the engine in the car was a supercharged Lincoln racing engine that made 500 horsepower. It is unknown as to whether this was real or just an extension of the show. The original car weighed roughly 4200-4400lbs, however the aforementioned press release stated the weight as 5500lbs.

PromoPhotoThe Keaton-mobile was made of two junkyard 1974 Chevrolet Impalas spliced together. The stock engines in these cars ranged from 145-235 horsepower.

https___blogs-images.forbes.com_benjaminmoore_files_2015_09_Batman-Forever-Batmobile (1)The Kilmer-mobile was said to be powered by a Chevrolet small-block ZZ3, which made around 345 horsepower. The weight of the vehicle after all the modifications was said to be around 6000-7000lbs.

54cfda2d86cb7_-_batmobile-75th-03-0714-deThe Bale-mobile was different from those which preceded it. As it was the first to be built from the ground up. Although it was built by the same people who made the Keaton-mobile, it was quite different visually. This batmobile was also powered by a Chevrolet ZZ3, making 345 horsepower but only weighed 4500-5000lbs. According to the creators of the vehicle, it had a 0-60 time of under 6 seconds and was capable of 110mph.

Ben-Affleck-Batman-Batmobile-Shoot-HDThe most recent of the batmobiles was the Affleck-mobile, which made a brief appearance in Batman vs. Superman. This batmobile is known to weigh around 7000lbs and be capable of 205mph according to the creator, but the engine is unknown. Assuming the team went with a Chevrolet crate engine, as the last two batmobiles did, the new Chevrolet crate engines for around that time place horsepower between 400 and 750. 

With all this being said, it may be confusing which one is the fastest. Assuming the highest possible numbers for each, the fastest is Affleck, followed by Bale, West, and Keaton. Assuming the lowest possible numbers, Bale is the fastest, followed by Affleck, West, and Keaton again being the slowest.

My findings conclude that even with the uncertainty of these numbers, it is definite that the Affleck-mobile and the Bale-mobile are the fastest batmobiles of the four.