Kia’s Batman-Themed Optima is No Batmobile, But It’s Still Pretty Neat
While this Batman-themed Kia Optima might be a step down from the Caped Crusader’s last vehicle, let’s be honest, the Tumbler must be a truly awful daily driver. This Optima of Gotham is the result of a partnership between Kia, DC Entertainment, and RIDES magazine, and is based on the Optima SX Limited. It comes equipped with a number of elements you might expect from the Dark Knight.
The Kia is given a matte- and piano-black paint scheme with a giant bat signal on the side. To make sure the Optima is up for Master Wayne’s high-speed pursuits, the car is lowered on a coil-over suspension, and is given large Ksport brakes and a performance exhaust. A body kit and 20-inch black wheels further the aggressive nature of the wannabe-Batmobile, while the grille is replaced by a custom bat-shaped piece. The bat signal also is stamped into the headlights, and yellow LEDs hark back to Tim Burton’s Caped Crusader.
The interior is vigilante-ready with throwing stars in the center console—just in case our hero happens to stumble upon a burgling or whatever evil-doers are doing these days—while his suit and headgear are mounted in the trunk. The seats are done in black leather and suede with yellow accent stitching.
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This Batman-themed Kia is the beginning of a 10-month partnership centered around the Justice League comics to raise awareness for DC’s We Can Be Heroes campaign, which is a relief effort to combat hunger in the Horn of Africa. The car will be on display this week at the Time Warner Center in New York City. We can only imagine how helpful the Petoskey Batman would have been had he gotten his hands on a car like this.