Batman sending his second car, a Kia Optima, at the Time Warner Center

Article by Christian A., on October 14, 2012

A Batman-inspired Optima will go on display this week at the Time Warner Center. Kia Motors America (KMA) partnered with DC Entertainment and RIDES magazine in creating this model. This signals the start of a 10-month team-up based on the iconic characters in the Justice League. The Kia super hero vehicles are influenced by the artistry of comic book icon, Jim Lee.

They are meant to raise awareness of DC Entertainment's a giving campaign dubbed "We Can Be Heroes", which is a relief effort aimed at fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa (WeCanBeHeroes.org). Kia's top-of-the-range Optima SX Limited matches Batman’s dark and mysterious personality. It gets advanced technology and premium features in a sleek, bold design personalized with several distinctive Batman elements.

Kia, DC Entertainment and RIDES magazine worked together to design and assemble the Batman-themed Optima. The exterior was transformed, using a matte- and piano-black paint scheme, a radically lowered coilover suspension and muscular ground effects kit, big Ksport performance brakes for extreme stopping power, custom-designed 20-inch black wheels and a performance exhaust system.

The exterior also received revisions such as a custom front grille with the shape of a batwing that took more than 40 hours to make, yellow LED lighting accents all through the vehicle and the iconic bat signal etched into the HID headlights. The Optima's seats are covered in custom black leather and suede with dramatic yellow accent stitching.

Optima has a Bat suit and cowl mounted in the trunk and utility throwing stars installed in the center console. The Batman-themed Optima features two video screens in the front-seat headrests that will make people more aware about the worst hunger crisis in 60 years by broadcasting a custom "We Can Be Heroes" video to show how one small act can make anyone a hero.

While showing high-performance, the new Kia Optima continues to have that graceful look mainly through the sleek stance and distinct profile. This is possible because Kia Motors follows the principle of developing dynamic vehicles that display high quality while drawing out passion. The face of this new model is truly attractive especially with the signature grille with the projector headlamps on both sides. Looking at the exterior, there are a number of features that are considered as standard for any Kia model. Examples include the indicators placed on its wing mirrors, the solar glass, and even the dual exhaust. Kia will be offering heated exterior mirrors and fog lights though this would mainly depend on what trim level the customer decides on.

Depending on the version as well will be the door handles which can come in body color or in chrome. There is also the option to have the allow 17-inch wheels fitted with the 215/55 R17 tires. There is no doubt that the Optima has a silhouette similar to a coupe and highlighting this fact is how the sweeping chrome arc begins at the A-pillar and flows all the way to the C-pillar.

With this unique design theme, it allows the Optima to look lower and it puts emphasis on the proportions. Meanwhile, the roofline is connected through the prominent and high shoulder line which goes to the sculpted flanks and even the wheelbase, which has been extended to 2,795 mm. A combination of the steeply-sloped window in the rear and the flared wheel arches results in a saloon that has a muscular yet graceful attitude.

For customers who do decide to go for higher trim levels, they will have HID headlights that come with auto leveling added. Included as well will be the lights in the rear that utilize LED as well as the grille in the front which comes with a distinct design. Other additions on higher trim levels include lip spoiler in the rear, aero wiper blades, sculpted side sills, and red brake calipers. There are also the alloy machined-finished black 18-inch wheels with the 225/45 R18 tires. Overall, it gives it that true high-performance appearance.

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