Korean car manufacturers and Batman go together amazingly well. Earlier in the year the mental as bat excrement Toronto Batman gatecrashed our review of the Hyundai i30, scoring it 5 out of 5 in the process, and now Kia has helped design a car inspired by the creators of the real Dark Knight.
This amazing Kia Optima concept is the brainchild of DC Entertainment, artist Jim Lee and Rides magazine. It was created to raise awareness of DC Entertainment's “We Can Be Heroes” charity campaign, a relief effort to help fight hunger in the Horn of Africa.
The car is pretty hard to miss. The front grille, which took 40 hours to create, is shaped like a Batwing, its HID headlights feature the iconic bat signal and it's littered with an array of yellow LED lighting accents to increase badassery to new heights. The whole thing is clad in a matte- and piano-black paint scheme wrapped around a badass ground effects body kit. Performance is boosted thanks to a sporty exhaust, lowered coilover suspension and uprated Ksport performance brakes sitting behind custom-designed 20-inch black wheels.
Being a Batman-themed car, there's no shortage of gadgetry inside this one-off Optima. The car features utility throwing stars installed in the centre console and a Batman suit and cowl ready and waiting in the boot. It's also been fitted with twin video screens in the front-seat headrests that show a continuous video loop highlighting the hunger crisis, guilt tripping inspiring rear seat passengers to take action.
The car, the fist of eight custom Kias based on DC Comic characters, will go on show at the Time Warner Center in Gotham CIty New York.