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'The Batman' director shows off new Batmobile with a twin-turbo V8, face like a Barracuda

The first images of the new Batmobile have been revealed.

Photo courtesy of Twitter, Matt Reeves

The original Batmobile's debut was in 1941, in the days when Nash, Hudson, and DeSoto were still making vehicles. Back then it was a science fiction fantasy with a high-speed engine, Batman hood ornament, and dark body, and large tail fins that were scalloped to look like bat wings.

Over the years the Batmobile has evolved reaching its muscular and design pique during the Christian Bale as Batman era. Now, a new Batmobile has been designed that reaches back in to the history of the automobile and the comic, delivering a simplified and raw version of the car.

The Batman Batmobile movie new 2020 film The car features Plymouth Barracuda-like looks the front.Photo courtesy of Twitter, Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves, director of 2021's "The Batman" showed off the new Batmobile on Twitter, igniting the imagination of the DC Comics fan and automotive enthusiast universe with excitement. Quite simply, it's like no other Batmobile out there.

Let's break it down.

The face of the new Batmobile is decidedly like a 1970-71 Plymouth Barracuda or first-generation Dodge Challenger with large headlamps and an expansive grille. The hood features a scoop and venting with bulky shoulders. The grille, windshield, and A-pillar have lines similar to the Chrysler Challenger but the roof appears flatter than the model would traditionally have which leads AutomotiveMap to believe this Batmobile has Barracuda origins.

The Batmobile's bulky back end departs from the Barracuda-like design offering broad haunches and flared wheel arches. Stabilizer bars are in place in the images but it's possible that the structural enhancement is just for safety and will be deleted in post.

The Batman Batmobile movie new 2020 film The rear of the Batmobile appears to show that it's powered by a twin-turbo V8.Photo courtesy of Twitter, Matt Reeves

The mid-engine design seats a twin-turbo V8 at the rear of the car. The stabilizer bars on the haunches form a protective frame for the engine, which is illuminated with red light. Despite the car's vintage looks, the engine is decidedly modern.

The rear of the car is where the Batmobile truly departs from its vintage origins with a taillight design that features three separate lighted areas.

Exactly how the Batmobile will be used during the movie has yet to be seen. The plot of the film is being kept under wraps though rumors persist that it will follow Batman's early years.

"The Batman" is slated for a June 25, 2021 release. It will star Robert Pattinson as Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

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The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue includes the technology.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan continues to roll out its Rear Door Alert (RDA) technology across its lineup. An announcement this week by the company confirmed that the alert is now available on 12 vehicles. It is expected to be available on all four-door trucks, sedans, and SUVs by 2022. That date is important as it marks the completion of a series of product rollouts the company has planned.

For model year 2020, RDA is standard on the Nissan Altima, Armada, Kicks (SV and SR), LEAF, Murano, Maxima, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, TITAN (King Cab and Crew Cab) and Versa (SV and SR).

2020 Nissan rear door alert Drivers can temporarily or permanently disable the alerts in Nissan vehicles.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Rear Door Alert was developed by a pair of Nissan engineers and first installed in the 2018 Pathfinder. RDA was the industry's first system to use the horn, door sensors, and message display on the center instrument panel, to remind drivers to check the back seat after the vehicle is parked.

In Nissan vehicles, RDA works by monitoring when a rear door is open and closed before and after the vehicle is in motion. If a rear door was opened and shut before the vehicle is in motion. Once the vehicle is in park, the system will first display a notification in the instrument panel. If the driver exits the vehicle and does not open a rear door, the system progresses to distinctive chirps of the horn.

Drivers can configure and temporarily or permanently turn off RDA though a menu in the instrument cluster display or through separate RDA switch, depending on the model.

Last year, Nissan joined other vehicle manufacturers in a pledge to have a rear seat reminder feature in essentially all cars and trucks by model year 2025 or sooner. The approach that each automaker takes may be different.

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept shows of the possible future of a V8 under the hood of a Jeep.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept model shows that the production model of a V8-powered Wrangler (and possibly Gladiator) is likely on the way - and that's straight from the people in the know at FCA.

Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler -8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road."

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept The model is pretty standard for a modern Wrangler Rubicon - on the outside.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

It's been a hot minute since there was a V8 under the hood of a Jeep. The last model to wear its power proudly was the 1981 Jeep CJ, which had a 5.0-liter V8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That power gives the concept a zero to 60 mph time of less than five seconds.

Its engine is paired with a more robust version of the traditional eight-speed automatic, something that the HEMI in the Charger Scat Pack gets as well.

The parts roster includes Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan. It also comes with Dana 44 axles, Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case (3.73 gear ratio), and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials. The SUV rides on custom 17-inch deadlock wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tires.

The suspension of the typical Wrangler JL has been upgraded to include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks, and two-mode exhaust, which is adjustable at the touch of a button.

The company has installed a factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.

All that equipment gives the model some impressive numbers. It has a water fording capability of 34 inches, 13.25 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 51.6 degrees, a breaker angle of 29.5 degrees, and a departure angle of 40.1 degrees. It's Trail Rated.

Jeep has given the concept a Granite Crystal paint job, bronze-colored tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks, and wheels. There's a heavy-duty raised hood, custom half doors, and Wrangler's Sky One-touch powertop.

The concepts interior features a Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.

When will you see the production version of the V8? These things take time, but remember, the auto show circuit looks to pick up in earnest early next year, and we have the Wrangler 4xe to see first.

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