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Fans from all ages would gladly shell out money to drive the Batmobile, but have you ever really wondered how much does it cost to sit behind the wheel of a Batmobile? Luckily for us, Leasing.com has revealed the price tag. It costs a staggering £6,258 a month to be able to park Christian Bale’s ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile in your garage. What is interesting is that it is not even the most expensive vehicle that you could lease!

Leasing.com did the honors of figuring out how much you would really need to lease iconic movie and TV vehicles if they were ever offered in the car market for a three-year lease contract.

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Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) in the Ecto-1 jumpseat in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE.

Is it even surprising to know that the most expensive car to lease is James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5? The silver coupe made its first appearance driven by Sir Sean Connery in Goldfinger. Its latest auction price was an impressive £3.45 million. James Bond enthusiasts would need to shell out £28,787 a month to lease this beauty and feel like the most revered British spy.

Most UK drivers, or drivers around the world, for that matter, will not really be able to shell out those amounts of money. The good news is that Philip Glenister’s Audi Quattro from Ashes to Ashes is really quite reasonable. Leasing.com revealed that the average monthly lease cost was £331.97. In 2014, the classic Quattro was sold at an auction for the benefit of Children In Need and it fetched £38,958, so it will actually be lower than the average lease price and can be leased for only £321.65 per month.

Top 10 Most Expensive Movie/TV Cars From Leasing.com

1. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 – £28,787.38 per month

2. Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang GT390 – £23,155.06 per month

3. Christian Bale’s Tumbler Batmobile – £6,258.13 per month

4. Paul Walker’s The Fast & Furious Toyota Supra – £3,441.97 per month

5. Doc’s Back to the Future DeLorean DMC – £3,385.64 per month

6. Dukes of Hazard General Lee – £2,816.15 per month

7. Ghost Busters Ecto-1 – £1,473.38 per month

8. Herbie Fully Loaded – £671.88 per month

9. Del Boy’s Reliant Robin – £346.88 per month

10. Gene Hunt’s Ashes to Ashes Audi Quattro – £321.65 per month

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DMC-12 from Back To The Future from Petersen Automotive Museum

You will have to shell out a little more than average for Del Boy’s Reliant Robin which was sold back in 2017 for £41,625. But with a four-wheel drive – and four wheels – the Quattro is still more practical.

Practicality though plays a really small role when it comes to cars, especially when we’re talking about our dream cars. Leasing.com Managing Director Dave Timmis shared, “Like me, many car fanatics will probably have had posters or even phone backgrounds featuring the Batmobile or Bond’s DB5. But whilst most of us don’t have a cool £3.45 million to spend at auction, our research shows that leasing helps make some of our dream motors attainable including TV or movie icons including a bright red Audi Quattro!”

There are also other cars with a surprisingly expensive monthly rentals like the Ford Mustang GT390 from Steve McQueen’s seminal 1968 classic Bullitt. It would set you back £23,000 a month just to lease the car. The bright orange Toyota Supra driven by Paul Walker in the blockbuster Fast & Furious movie would cost £3,441 a month to lease.

Vehicle pricing data is based on the most recent vehicle estimations from official auction sales or publicly recorded private sales.

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By: Reggie
Title: How Much Do You Need To Lease The Batmobile? And Other Iconic Hollywood Cars.
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/how-much-do-you-need-to-lease-the-batmobile-and-other-iconic-hollywood-cars/
Published Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2022 16:59:08 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

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Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

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The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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