Hollywood

New Batmobile revealed by model creator in concept photos

A Hollywood model creator put pictures on his portfolio website reportedly showing the new Batmobile.

Photo courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com; Jeff Frost

Model maker Jeff Frost posted images of models reportedly showing the the new Batmobile from the forthcoming film "The Batman". There's a lot of reason to believe that they reveal the real design vision of the Batmobile and aren't just some models from an enthusiast.

Frost is a model maker and sculptor with experience on a wide variety of films over the last two decades including "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", "Star Trek: Beyond", "Thor", and "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice". He's created landscapes and animals, and vehicles as part of his work, as displayed on his portfolio website.

After the images leaked, one page of his website became unable to be found - the one that was originally designated for "The Batman". Then suddenly the whole website was made private. That likely means that the studio asked Frost to remove the images, which lends more credence to their credibility.

'The Batman' Batmobile Concept Model

'The Batman' Batmobile Concept Model

Photo courtesy of ComicBookMovie.com; Jeff Frost

Luckily, ComicBookMovie.com saved the images so they could be shared.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Batmobile. Director Matt Reeves teased the vehicle in a tweet. Those images were enough for AutomotiveMap to speculate on what the design origins and and capability of the new Batmobile are.

Much of the speculation based on the tweet holds up as the new model images have been shown. Its illuminated back end is more apparent in the new images, showing a design with direct lineage to previous Batmobiles. The car appears to be the right blend of throwback and new age.

And, if you look closely at the model photos, you can see a miniature Batman sitting inside the car, confirming that it's left-hand drive.

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Performance luxury SUV

The Cadillac Escalade-V starts at almost $150,000

The Escalade-V gets a $149,990 starting price

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Cadillac teased an ultra-powerful Escalade-V a while back, and now we have all the details. The 2023 SUV will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, plenty of luxury, and a stout six-figure price tag.

The 2023 Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. It features a hand-built design and shares much of its underlying engineering with the CT5-V Blackwing. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and full-time active four-wheel drive.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VUnder the hood, there's a supercharged 6.2-liter V8.Cadillac

Cadillac gives every Escalade-V air ride adaptive suspension and magnetic ride control. The driver can customize the suspension and feel using the SUV's selectable driving modes. The system can also raise or lower the ride height by to .8 inches, and the SUV comes with a launch control system that helps it get off the line with explosive speed.

Inside, the Escalade-V builds on the top trim of the standard SUV with zebra wood accents, massaging front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It's got the same amazing tech, too, with a curved OLED display that runs the length of the dash, navigation, voice commands, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, an augmented reality navigation system, and a 36-speaker AKG Studio stereo. Cadillac Super Cruise is available.

2023 Cadillac Escalade-VAn extended ESV variant is also available. Cadillac

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V goes on sale this summer. Starting pricing lands at $149,990, and Cadillac offers an extended-wheelbase ESV version of the high-performance SUV.

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American muscle cars

Ford Mustang continues sales dominance

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford has good reason to be proud of the Mustang. Now almost 60 years on from its introduction, Ford continues innovating with new versions and performance upgrades. It's all good news for buyers, as it's hard to find a "bad" Mustang in Ford's current catalog. The efforts have paid off, too, as the automaker just announced that the Mustang outsold its competition for the seventh year in a row.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mustang continued outselling the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, and did so without help from the Shelby GT350, which was discontinued. The Mustang Mach 1, with its 5.0-liter V8, led the charge, but Ford notes the performance of its most powerful Mustang, the Shelby GT500.

Ford says Americans are the most prolific Mustang buyers, representing 76 percent of the car's worldwide sales. Mustang sales in New Zealand grew 54 percent and Brazil saw sales climb 37.3 percent, so the car is a global effort for Ford. The automaker notes that retail orders, where a customer places an order for a car instead of shopping for one off the lot, almost doubled last year.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo courtesy of Ted Fontenot

The 2022 Mustang may mark the last year of the car's current generation. Spy photographers have caught next-generation cars testing in the wild, and the current-gen cars have been on sale since 2015. Ford also expanded the Mustang name in 2021 with the addition of the new electric Mustang Mach-E, which was met with huge demand and several awards from around the auto industry.

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