Hooniverse Asks: What engine do you think is in the new Batmobile?

Matt Reeves’ Batmobile is shaping up to be pretty cool. The director tweeted out three images of the vehicle on Wednesday, giving fans a peek at the design.

Looks Muscular!

This front three-quarter view gives us a good look at the car’s front fascia. Looks like a late 60’s Dodge Challenger, or something. I know you guys are gonna beat me up in the comments saying it’s actually more like something else–I take that for granted.

This other shot gets us closer to what matters here. The engine of the car is sandwiched between two radical three-element taillights. The fenders on both the front and back have clearly been changed, but it looks like a lot of the roof could be from a stock car.

Here’s the controversial picture:

Okay, here’s the money shot. There’s a ton of speculation going around as to what this actually is. Jeff thinks it’s some sort of intermarriage between four Hayabusa engines to make one big V10. He’s had the tin foil crunched onto his head all day trying to peddle this theory. I’m not so sure.

Other people are speculating it’s some sort of twin-turbo V8. I think it is likely turbocharged. If you look closely you can see two distinct exhaust pipes exiting straight up into the atmosphere. Below them, there are some very faint snail-like shapes. If you really wanted to see it, I guess you could find intake plumbing, too.

My guess is that this is just a prop motor. They probably have a small block Chevy or something in the front of the car that’s actually getting the power down. It’s one thing to fabricate all of this cool-looking movie magic, it’s another to make it run. Those tubes running down the side of the motor that exit in some sort of jet intake out that back–that seems like it would get in the way of the actual exhaust headers. If I had to put five bucks down on it, I would say that the engine in the back is a dummy.

What do you guys think?

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8 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What engine do you think is in the new Batmobile?”

  1. Wayward David Avatar
    Wayward David

    I have no idea what kind of engine that is (other than “Fake”), but looking at hoe it sits in the car, the way the passenger compartment is chopped off at the back and the overall size makes me think the donor car might have been some kind of ute? Australian readers might recognize something. I just know that when I zoomed in to look at the engine it looked like somebody was hauling a very fancy engine in the back of an old El Camino. Of course, I wasn’t wearing my glasses, so there’s that…

  2. roguetoaster Avatar
    roguetoaster

    It really looks like a V10, but not a Hyabusa conglomeration. It looks wider than V10s I know, but the overall design says German manufacture to me.

  3. Wayward David Avatar
    Wayward David

    I have no idea what kind of engine that is (other than “Fake”), but looking at hoe it sits in the car, the way the passenger compartment is chopped off at the back and the overall size makes me think the donor car might have been some kind of ute? Australian readers might recognize something. I just know that when I zoomed in to look at the engine it looked like somebody was hauling a very fancy engine in the back of an old El Camino. Of course, I wasn’t wearing my glasses, so there’s that…

  4. VeeArrrSix Avatar
    VeeArrrSix

    I see the hater pipes, so it’s appears to be turbo’d, but it also looks as if the exhaust routes to an afterburner/thruster setup at the rear. But to be honest I’m flabbergasted it’s not some super high output AC Induction motor.

  5. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    All I want to know is does it have atomic batteries, and if not, why?

  6. outback_ute Avatar
    outback_ute

    Right down in the bottom of the vee, is that an LS intake?

  7. salguod Avatar

    I’m only seeing 8 coil packs.

    And how does one turn 4 engines into a V10? I’m not familiar with the Hayabusa, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have 2.5 cylinders. 😀

    1. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      Thank you for asking, I felt stupid for not getting that.

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