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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

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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New American supercar

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gets reveal date

Chevy draws a line from the Z06 directly to its racing program.

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The new Chevrolet Corvettewas a revelation when it was finally announced. The car brought a mid-engine design to the Corvette line for the first time, and put decades of speculation over the shift to bed. We've all known that Chevrolet would eventually release an even higher performance Z06 version of the car, but now we know the date. The automaker just announced that the car will be revealed on October 26.

To build hype for the car's announcement, Chevy released a short teaser video of the Z06 tearing around the Nurburgring. It's clear from the film that the car we'll see in October will be a different beast from its standard predecessor, which mainly comes down to a big change in its powertrain.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new car will be revealed in October.Chevrolet


The new Z06 is expected to feature a flat-plane crank V8 that will allow it to rev to 8500 or 9000 RPM. The car should see in excess of 600 horsepower from its howling V8, which will be sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.



As it has done with other Z06 models, Chevy will bolster the Corvette's suspension and brakes to accommodate higher speeds and the jump in power. The car will be able to carry more speed into corners and stop in a shorter distance than its standard counterpart, which will improve its lap times at the track. Various active and fixed aerodynamics components are also expected.

The C8 Corvette's interior is anything but boring, and the Z06 will carry on with that tradition. We'll still see the long center strip of buttons and controls, along with a digital gauge cluster and nicely upholstered sport seats. The Z06 will most likely get more in the way of carbon fiber and race-inspired trim pieces, but the layout won't deviate from the standard car to a great degree.


2023 Chevrolet Corvette The Z06 will be powered by a flat-plane crank V8.Chevrolet

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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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