Ever wanted your own Batmobile? Of course you have, many of us Batman enthusiasts have sat in traffic humming the infamous da na na na na na na (I lose track of how many na’s I need – but you get the picture) and hoping our family car could just sprout some ingenious device that would help us soar over the top of said traffic and out the other side. Or perhaps you are the more idealistic kind, who wouldn’t dream of wasting the prowess and proficiency of a Batmobile on idle dreams of beating a traffic jam, maybe you too, envisage fighting the criminal underworld like our caped crusader and need just that sort of vehicle to do it!
Well those super-cool, super-brains at Centives have worked out just how much the various Batmobiles used by hero in his long and illustrious history would cost! They looked at the many commercially available cars that have been carefully recorded in Batmobile History and used that data to figure out just how much they would have cost the Wayne Trust Fund.
Here are their findings;
- “Centives found that the average Batmobile costs $214,700.
- The most expensive Batmobile was the 2004 version seen in the comic books. It was a modified Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR and in 2010 dollars it would have cost around $1.8 Million.
The cheapest was the 1950s Studebaker which Batman used from 1950-1955. In today’s dollars it would have cost him just $13,604.
- The Batman’s flair for the dramatic has increased substantially over the years. In the first four decades of the Batman’s existence, between 1940 and 1970, the average Batmobile cost only $32,000 inflation adjusted dollars. The Batmobiles over the next 30 years cost an average of $358,000.
- Cars from Chrysler and Lamborghini appear to be Batman’s vehicles of choice with the two companies together making up 32% of the Dark Knight’s purchases.
- Batman’s method of transportation also reflects wider trends in American history. Up until the early 70s the majority (70%) of Batman’s vehicles were made in the United States. From 1973 onwards just 25% of the Batmobiles were made in America, reflecting a broader decline in the American automotive industry.
- And the country that the caped crusader has given his stamp of approval to is the notoriously mob-free Italy. Close to 50% of Batman’s foreign cars– such as the Lamborghini Reventón – are from the homeland of Carmine Falcone. German cars are also popular.”
I think the next Batmobile should be the Bugatti Veyron Supersport, it is after all one of the fastest cars in the world, hitting top speeds of 267mph. It has 8.0-litre, 16-cyclinder engine and is just about perfect to aid our caped crusader in his fight against those evil criminal masterminds he is so often coming up against!
The only problem with the Bugatti Veyron Supersport is that it might be that little too expensive, even for someone with Bruce Wayne’s multitude of assets. It costs about 50 times more than the average car and is priced at a cool $2.6Million. if the Dark Knight couldn’t resist and forked out on it, poor old Albert might have to go without his tea and new slippers for a couple of years!
What car would you like to see become the next Batmobile? Leave a comment and let us know!