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Batmobiles: Nissan Juke Nismo

Batman Nissan Juke Nismo

To mark the release of The Dark Night Rises on Blu-Ray and DVD, Nissan have teamed up with Warner Bros to design this unique – Batman-inspired (!) – Nissan Juke Nismo.

This one-off comes complete with black 18-inch alloys, lowered sports suspension, a matte black finish and a whole load of Bat logos. So how does it compare with the rest of the Batmobiles?

We have pulled together our very own Batman-inspired gallery, from the Batmobile driven by Adam West in the 1966 TV series to the modern-day Bruce Wayne’s luxurious cruisers, check out these classic rides behind Gotham City’s mysterious Dark Knight.

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The Batmobile –“The Tumbler” (From Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises)

2005 not only introduced the new look Batman films, but also showcased the new look Batmobile. Nicknamed “The Tumbler”, this ride loses its elegance and shine and instead takes on the gritty, down-to-business approach. This custom-built 2.5 tonne ex-military vehicle which uses a 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8 engine, can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds. This along with the fact that this car comes with a detachable, bulletproof, explosive firing Batpod means you wouldn’t want to mess with this bad boy.

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Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 (From Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)

The Lamborghini Murcielago AKA Bruce Wayne’s ‘day car’. Far from subtle, but this beautiful piece of luxury certainly holds it stead against some of the more classical cars in Batman’s historical garage. Fitted with a 6.5-litre V12 engine, this lambo can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 211mph.

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Bentley Arnage (From Batman Begins)

The iconic Bentley Arnage defines luxury on a whole different sphere. From your action motors to your fast motors, this two tonne four door saloon acts as Bruce Wayne’s personal chauffeur service – complete with none other than Michael Caine, aka multi-talented Butler Alfred Pennyworth at the helm, if you’re Bruce Wayne of course.

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1995 Batmobile (From Batman Forever)

The caped crusader’s ultimate vehicle. This Batmobile was custom-built vehicle using a Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 racing engine from 1995, built out of carbon fibre, and featured grappling hooks and could theoretically climb walls – impressive skills!

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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (From Batman Forever)

In 1995’s Batman Forever, Bruce Wayne’s priceless collection of classic cars is showcased, displaying the millionaire playboy’s petrolhead playthings. Just one of the many classic cars in the collection of was the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL -one of the world’s very first ‘supercars’ and the first petrol-powered car to offer fuel injection.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith (From Batman Returns)

Sticking with the elegant theme, another of Bruce Wayne’ s chauffeur driven cars. 1992’s Batman Returns sees Alfred driving the effortlessly elegant Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. The Silver Wraith was made at the Crewe factory, and has been used as both the Irish and Brazilian presidential state cars – this car keeps only the most esteemed company.

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1989 Batmobile (From Batman)

The one which started Batman’s descent into darkness… director Tim Burton showcased a completely new Batman to cinema audiences across the world with his iconic film. And with an iconic film comes the iconic car. This new look Batmobile was built on chassis found in local scrap yards – one from a Chevrolet Caprice and another from a Buick Riviera, featuring a jet turbine in its nose and a Chevrolet V8 engine under the long bonnet.

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image courtesy of imcdb (Internet Car Movie Database)

Dodge 3700 GT (From Batman)

Batman’s legendary adversary ‘The Joker’ was made famous to cinema audiences across the world by Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman film. And the “Clown Prince of Crime” was seen driving an old Dodge 3700 GT – in his trademark colours of purple and green

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1966 Batmobile (From the television series of Batman)

Back before Batman was modernised into a dark playboy and philanthropist, him and his loyal sidekick Robin, were known as the lovable crime fighting duo. But what duo would be complete without a customised Batmobile with distinctive wing-shaped tailfins. The car that was designed by George Barris – a Hollywood custom car builder – based it on the Ford Futura concept car below.

Ford Futura Concept

 

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Haskell hearts his Range Rover Sport

Launched in 2005, the new Range Rover Sport aimed to rival the growing trend of sporty 4×4s being launched by Porsche, Mercedes and BMW. Underneath it’s more Land Rover Discovery than Range Rover, sharing the same platform, which means it offers slightly better handling on the road, while still capable in the rough stuff.

At 6 foot 4 inches tall and nearly 18 stone in weight, it should come as no surprise that England rugby star James Haskell likes a big car. And he’s more than happy to tell you why the Range Rover Sport is his motor of choice

In this video James takes you on a ‘MTV Cribs-style’ tour of his Range Rover Sport and explains what he finds so special about the vehicle he calls ‘Snow White’.

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Dragon’s Maybach 57 on Auto Trader

A Maybach 57 previously owned by Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den fame is currently for sale on Auto Trader for £130,000.

The stationery business guru and TV star took delivery of the Maybach 57 back in 2007 and was happy to explain why the ultimate high-end limousine was his car of choice. Theo liked to use the cabin as his “chill out zone” when travelling the length and breadth of the country on business.

His attachment to the luxury German manufacturer has continued ever since. Recently he invested in a Maybach 62 and Theo’s no shrinking violet as he opted for the latest in blinged-out customisation with full on chrome body and personalised RYM4N number plate!

And he’s not alone, the brand is famous for attracting such esteemed owners as Madonna, Puff Daddy and Jay Z.

Paphitis’ Maybach 57 is being sold by Marlow Cars, a prestige, sports and luxury car specialist based in Buckinghamshire. Luke Bangs from Marlow Cars told Auto Trader: “The Maybach truly is the ultimate in understated luxury, recognised by only those who know!”

Check out Marlow Cars’ YouTube channel for a closer look at the Dragon’s luxury car and more, or follow them on Facebook

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Competition: Win a pair of VIP tickets to MPH featuring Top Gear Live

If you’re in to fast cars, breath-taking stunts and those blokes off of Top Gear then you’ll probably be looking forward to this year’s MPH.

Tickets for the MPH featuring Top Gear Live 2010  are on sale now but Auto Trader are happy to announce that we’re giving you the chance to WIN one pair of VIP tickets to attend the event in style!

The winner will attend either the London or Birmingham show and experience the luxury of a private VIP enclosure with the added bonus of the post-show paddock tour where they’ll see behind the scenes of Top Gear Live. They’ll also receive a three-course menu as well as a glass of champagne on arrival – all from the comfort of the best seats in the house with amazing views of all the action.

After all the live banter and boasting from Clarkson, May and Hammond, you’ll want to make the most of your time at MPH getting up close and sitting inside some of the most stylish, rare and expensive cars on the planet. Plus hundreds of exhibitors will be selling everything from the latest motoring gadgets to the coolest car accessories.

So for your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the MPH featuring Top Gear Live, simply email socialnetwork@autotrader.co.uk with your contact details and the answer to the following question:

What’s the name of the Top Gear Live tour this year?

Competition closes midday Thursday 14th October 2010, for more details of the VIP experience visit the MPH website

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Borat’s Bentley?

Borat's Bentley

“Cultural learnings of Bentley for make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan”

Forget America, Britain and Germany… Bentley is opening a dealership in Kazakhstan – the home country of fictional film star Borat.

Bentley says the new dealership is evidence of “the growing demand for Bentleys far beyond the company’s traditional markets”.

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Jenson Button and the Frome Flyover

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John Lennon and George Best have their airports, Rocky has his set of steps and George Foreman has his grilling machine. Mercedes even dedicated a supercar in honour of Sir Stirling Moss.

But you know you’ve hit the big time when your home town names a flyover in your honour.

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Clarkson branded ‘scruffiest presenter’

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson has been voted the UK’s worst-dressed TV presenter, with co-star Captain Slow (aka James May) in second place.

But perhaps the casual look is just a part of being a motoring presenter. What do you think?
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Beckham and Rooney doing their bit for England

David Beckham and Wayne Rooney

You can’t ever fault David Beckham and Wayne Rooney for their contributions to English football.

These two superstars are also supporting England off the pitch – in the car market. Continue reading

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Auto Trader galleries…what do you want to see?

Girls...with carsGirls on cars, animals in cars, matt black cars – they’re all galleries that we’ve featured on Auto Trader over the past few weeks.

We love putting them together, and you love looking at ’em. Continue reading

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How many driving tests did you take before passing?

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Ozzy Osbourne has just passed his driving test on the 19th attempt.

The 60-year-old new driver blamed alcohol as the reason why he took so long to pass. Did you pass first time?They say the best drivers pass second time, but I have a few friends who are good drivers and didn’t pass until their seventh attempt.

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