At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego Ford unveiled the F-150 "The Crimefighter" — a concept car that pays tribute to the original Batmobile . The first Batmobile was built by George Barris and unveiled back in 1965. It was based on a Ford Futura concept car and in January 2013 it was auctioned for a cool $4.2 million.
The new F-150 "The Crimefighter" was built in cooperation with Galpin Auto Sports and is based on a 2012 model year pickup truck. The Crimefighter is painted in tuxedo black with Ferrari red accents - similar to the original Batmobile. The bed of "The Crimefighter" has even been adorned with fins, just like the original Batmobile. Under the hood, this F-150 carries a 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Ford makes no mention of engine upgrades, so we assume this V-8 engine produces the stock 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
What’s very interesting about the Crimefighter is that Galpin Auto Sports is accepting orders for it, so if you want, you can feel like Batman too — if only Batman drove an F-150 pickup...
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The F-150 is in its 12th generation and for the 2012 model year it saw only minor updates to the standard equipment.
The 2012 F-150 came with a choice of four engines ranging from a standard 302-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 up to a very powerful a 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8. The mid-grade engine is a 360-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, but customers that are more economical can choose the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. All of the engines can be mated to a fuel-saving electronic six-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode.
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Back in 1965, George Barris built the iconic first Batmobile using parts he found at a hardware store and the body of a Ford Futura concept car. The Batmobile made Barris a legend among custom car designers and in January 2013 it was auctioned for a cool $4.2 million.
In light of the auction, Barris’s grandson, Jared, wanted to create a tribute to his grandfather’s Batmobile. What he designed is a Batmobile, or rather a Bat Truck, for the 21st century.
Dubbed "The Crimefighter," the truck is a 2012 Ford F-150 customized by Galpin Auto Sports with a tuxedo black paint job and Ferrari red accents that create a look much like that of the original Batmobile. The bed of the Crimefighter has even been adorned with fins. It’s powered by a Ford 5.0-liter V8.
The cool thing about the Crimefighter? Galpin Auto Sports in Southern California is taking orders on the custom truck, so you can feel like Batman too.