If anyone had the famous chin to play Batman, it would certainly be Jay Leno, but no, the car-loving comedian hasn't bumped Ben Affleck from his upcoming role as the Caped Crusader. Instead, Warner Bros. swung by for the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage to show off the modern interpretation of the Batmobile – known as the Tumbler.

Introduced for Batman Begins in 2005, the Tumbler is not your typical movie prop car as it runs, drives and does its own stunts (without CGI). The fully operational Tumbler shown above was the car actually used in the movies, and it can hit speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, powered by a Chevy V8 rather than the fake jet engine poking out the rear. The first prototype of the Tumbler took about a year to build at a cost of as much as $1 million, and these fully custom-built cars (seven of which were made) are "fairly lightweight," even if it does tip the scales with roughly the same heft as a Chevy Suburban. Scroll down to learn more about the Tumbler and to watch Leno take it out for a spin on the roads of California.


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      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the the dark knight dvd extras, Chris Nolan mentioned that the tumbler's exterior design was loosely based off the Lamborghini Murcielago's exterior design.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should put this into production. Lots of buyers for sure.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice lambo
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      dam straght batman drives a chevy no ford pos for him
      Bassracerx
      • 1 Year Ago
      those straight cut gears
      Agilis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could someone perhaps explain to me what is causing such a high-pitched whine? Thanks.
        argenta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Agilis
        Its a custom gearbox prob from a truck, tractor etc. It has straight cut cogs instead of slanted ones you find in modern passenger cars. Therefore they make a lot of noise. Same in rally cars etc. Pro's = less energy loss, con's = the bloody noise. :)
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Agilis
        It's from a custom vee drive 'like a boat'
      Ak74
      • 1 Year Ago
      He said Iran. lol there was no war if that what he meant.
      v6sonoma
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pure Awesome.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aw no flames. :( I know people were driving past it saying "wtf is that?".
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