If you’re one of the millions of people who have seen one of the new Transformers movies, you know to expect robot-battle carnage, a supermodel-turned-actress wearing short-shorts and a full lineup of GM cars. In Transformers: Age Of Extinction, or “TF4,” the addition of dinobots, Mark Wahlberg and some pretty sweet supercars make it a thrilling follow up. Like most quadrillogies, the ante gets upped with each installment. That meant director Michael Bay had to reach deep into his sleeves for some cinema magic. In this post, you can find a break down of what cars have been updated for the fourth installment, as well as completely new vehicles for the series.
Marmon Cabover & Western Star 4900 Phantom
Marmon cabover: Four-time savior of the world and leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime is the first Transformer introduced in TF4. Cade Yeager, played by Mark Wahlberg and his friend Lucas acquire an old truck in hopes of parting it out to make some money. Cade soon learns that the truck is actually Optimus Prime in hiding and begins to repair the dilapidated robot. The Marmon cabover is an ode to the original transformers series.
Western Star 4900 Phantom: Later in the movie, Optimus transforms into a custom Western Star, because when you’re trying to hide from the CIA and Decepticons, there’s nothing more inconspicuous than a Big-Rig with red flames and chrome accents. Nonetheless, the truck is badass and suits Optimus perfectly.
1967 Camaro & 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Concept
1967 Chevrolet Camaro: In the beginning of the movie while the Autobots are in hiding, Bumblee sheds his flashy-yellow form in favor of a classic flat-black Camaro. With its rounded fender flares and staggered wheel setup, you might not know if you like the classic or concept better.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Concept: Let’s be honest, besides Cade’s daughter Tessa, played by Nicola Peltz, Bumblebee is who you want to see most in the Transformers movies. His hot-headed persona pairs perfectly with his black and yellow hot rod exterior. This 2014 Camaro concept is pretty mild as far as concepts go and it probably won’t change much when it rolls off the assembly line.
2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Powerful, precise, and refined. The Bugatti Veyron is the car-form of Drift, a former decepticon who now uses his robot Samurai skills to fight for the Autobots. He is voiced by Ken Watanabe.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The new Corvette Stingray was lauded when it was launched last year and the love fest continues in TF4. Crosshairs, the Autobot Paratrooper voiced by John DiMaggio, uses the American sportscar as its preferred car-form. Where style is concerned, the Corvette holds its own next to the Bugatti Veyron which costs roughly 27X more. The Bugatti also doesn’t have a big spoiler which everyone knows is critical for downforce.
Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle
Hound is the old-school commando Autobot voiced by John Goodman. It’s a fitting vehicle for Goodman as they both exude that overweight, cigar smoking, “I’m the American in charge of this operation” appearance.
2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
The menacing Aventador is the car form of Lockdown, an intergalactic bounty hunter who’s been hired to capture Optimus Prime by the supposed creators of the Autobots. Lockdown meets his end when Optimus epically stabs him through his back and slices upwards threw his head.
2014 Freightliner Argosy
The man-made version of Megatron, Optimus Prime’s nemesis, is Galvatron. Therefore, its only fitting that Galvatron transforms into a truck that is equally as badass as Optimus’s Western Star. In the movie, Galvatron survives and vows to defeat Optimus another day, leaving room for yet another sequel (or two).
The most exotic addition to the Decepticon lineup, by far, is the Pagani Huayra. It is the car form of Stinger, a man-made transformer under Galvatron’s control.
You might be thinking, “Aw look at that cute little family-family friendly crossover.” You fool! In TF4, Traxers are mass-produced human-made transformers who are commanded by Galvatron to participate in the Decepticon army. GM says to expect the Chevrolet Trax to hit the US market in early 2015. Buyer beware.
Chevrolet Sonic RS
Rally driver Shane Dyson, played by Jack Reynor, is the secret love interest of Cade’s daughter , Tessa Yeager. The Sonic RS is a full-fledged rally car, and while Shane using his professional rally car as a daily driver doesn’t make any sense, it sure comes in handy when he’s being chased by the CIA.
Local Motors Rally Fighter
Quite possibly the coolest car in the entire film wasn’t a Transformer at all, it was the Local Motors Rally Fighters. The open-source vehicle is driven by the CIA during the chase scene with the Chevrolet Sonic RS. In real life, each Rally Fighter is custom built with the help of the buyer at the Local Motors factory and looks like something straight of a Mad Max movie. Despite it’s futuristic looks, it is street legal in all 50 states and completely capable of handling the toughest desert terrain. The fact that it is RWD fuels the best drivetrain debate.
The Volt, Chevy’s plug-in hybrid car, only appears during one scene when a real estate agent (or landlord?) shows the Yeager’s house to potential buyers. Cade’s family is still living in the home at the time and he threatens the agent and potential buyers with a baseball bat. As the agent drives off in plug-in hybrid, she destroys the power lines Cade is using to “borrow” electricity from his neighbors. Oh, the irony! If you’re looking for an EV and Tesla isn’t allowed to sell cars in your state or it’s outside your budget, you can find plenty of Volts here.
1970 Chevrolet C10 Pickup
Chevy’s slogan used to be, ‘Chevy runs deep.’ Probably because since the first Transformers, Chevy has run deeper in the series than any other automaker. Cade Yeager’s first ride in the movie is a vintage Chevy pickup. Unfortunately, like many things in Transformers, it gets blown up when the CIA comes to capture Optimus Prime and the Yeager family.
The Mini Cooper is driven by Cade Yeager’s best friend Lucas Flannery, who unfortunately gets killed early in the movie. The poor Mini doesn’t receive a lot of screen time as it suffers the same fate as the Chevy C10 (it gets blown up.) Here we see the scene where Optimus Prime breaks out of Cade’s garage and all hell breaks loose.
The full size Cadillac Escalade SUV are driven by members of the CIA. The $70,000 SUVs which were a good use of tax dollars, were continually shot at, blown up, crushed and demolished by transformers on every side.
Rolls Royce Vorsteiner Ghost
Rolls-Royce is the ultra-luxury vehicle of choice for billionaire moguls like Joshua Joyce, played by Stanley Tucci. Joyce is the head of KSI, the company that builds transformers. His bohemoth ego is served accordingly with this behemoth luxury sedan. The big advertising boost GM gets from Transformers appears to be working since no one cares about the millions of recalls. However, they were smart to bring in super car companies. By doing this, they varied their lineup without promoting a competitor, yet there probably won’t be a Ford F150 transformer anytime soon. If you liked this post, check out the extravagant lineup in The Wolf of Wall Street or Michael Bay’s other recent movie, Pain & Gain.
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