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This is the new Batmobile

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Three camouflaged copies of the latest version of the "Tumbler" — the Batmobile from the past two Batman movies — were being driven this weekend around Pittsburgh for filming of the third installment, "The Dark Knight Rises." The best part? There's video. Lots of it.

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You know what's rising? A tent in our pants at the thought of driving one of these batshit-crazy 500 HP 5.7-liter GM V8-engined beasts of camouflaged beauty down the street. God, why won't the vehicle handlers call us and let us come by for a test drive?

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But this isn't the first time there's been a Batmobile spotting in Pittsburgh. The boys at Motor Authority reported on a Tumbler last week being carted around the steel city's streets. But that was nowhere near as awesome as these three videos taken by YouTuber "subaruwrxfan" of them rolling down the street with that big V8 engine cranking away.

So why is it camouflaged? No clue. Maybe Batman's gonna kick some ass in Afghanistan.

Hat tip to Subaruwrxfan!

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My thoughts on the Camouflage:

The original purpose of the tumbler was as a military bridge laying vehicle. Two tumblers were

to jump a ravine, towing cables, then a bridge would use those same cables and be

strung across the ravine.

(Therefore, Two Tumblers.)

We saw that the tumbler had this paint scheme when being driven around the lab, before Bruce

Wayne requested it be painted black.

Since the black tumbler was destroyed in the last movie, this is most likely the second prototype

(i.e. the matching half of the first tumbler) used in the project, and Bruce needed it quickly,

without enough time to paint it.