Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – the Bumblebee

The General Motor’s subsidiary Chevrolet is known for its high class and trendy looking designs. Today lets review a car which is built by Chevy under General Motors. This car has un-matchable aggressive looks and it is probably the best of Chevy’s design ever. It has been featured in Michael Bay’s sci-fi film …. yes you got it right it’s the bumble bee Camaro.

Chevrolet Camaro

Camaro is a well-known car to everyone who loves to see Hollywood sci-fi flicks. Surely it is one of the best cars ever built, and it has gained many fans throughout the world, including the Hollywood director Michael bay. If you have seen the transformer series completely, you will find only three cars in common Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Bumble bee (Camaro). Except these 3 cars the remaining cars change with every sequel. This clearly shows that Camaro is one of the important cars in transformer series ( and for the company ). So without waiting, let’s get in to the review of this amazing car. The basic idea of this car is based on the GM Zeta Platform which is awarded with “the best in show” award.

Even before reviewing this car let’s look into some technical specifications of the car (so we can have clear understanding about the aspects of this car)

Technical-Specifications:

Chevrolet Camaro technical specifications

Yup, the technical specification of the car looks solid. Read on,

Review: Styling

Exteriors:

When it comes to exteriors, the car looks amazing and perfectly crafted. With looks, the car has no drawbacks at all, from every angle the car looks picture perfect. Comparing the new Camaro with the old Camaro, we can observe some minor and as well as major changes in the body.The front bumpers are tweaked and the revamped grille with the V shape and the new Halogen head lamps with glowing LED halo rings makes the car look aggressive and monstrous. These stuff look even more interesting if we see the car from the front angle as it looks like a beast with a big pair of eyes watching us. The tail-lights also get minor changes and looks gorgeous, the side profile of the car looks very attractive and adds a touch of beauty to the car. All this looks even more attractive and aggressive when the car is set to roll on the road on max speeds.  Beautiful creased lines on the car give the car a sportive feel and at the same time it shows the aerodynamic design of the body. The car has an amazing body length measuring 190.4 in total length, 75.5 width, and a height of 54.2

Interiors:

The interiors look splendid with well suited and subtle colors, perfect tailoring, and remarkable accessories. The old Camaro was awarded with Interior of the Year award in the Sports Car Category by Wards Auto way back in 2010. The same legacy is continued in the new design too. The front bucket seats with black leather engraved on it looks amazing and adds a luxury feel to this car. The cabin looks fab with genuine black leather touches making a perfect interior for the car. The suede leather on steering with the central controlling features adds enough vibe to this car and can attract more number of sales to the company. If you are that kind of a guy who loves sporty looks than luxury and elegance, then there is an optional Recaro Sports Seats available for you to customize your interiors. Though the car has a low measurement 190.4 x 75.5x 54.2, the car’s interior look real spacious. The credits go to the designers for increasing the length of the car in a seamless manner.

Chevrolet Camaro interiors

Review: Engine and Performance

The power to this car comes from the supercharged 6.2-liter and 3.6-liter V-8 code named LSA, which is considered as the most predominant V8’s ever built till date. This engine gives the car monstrous power – enough to drive off the roads. The 3.6-litre V8 is designed to produce 312 horsepower at 6500 rpm and can churn a maximum torque of 278 at 5100 rpm while the 6.2-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management engine can produce maximum power up to 426 horsepower at 5900 rpm and can churn a maximum torque of 278 at 5100 rpm. With the 6 speed automatic/manual gearbox and magnetic shock which are found in cars like corvette, adds precise amount of power and performance to the engine.

Chevrolet Camaro 2013 - engine

Review: Handling and Mileage

The handing of the car is quite amazing and the credits for this amazing handling dynamics goes to its rigid body structure and the super efficient Chevy aerodynamics, that makes the car to move like a skate board on skating rink and Camaro engineers have worked hard in certain mathematical principles in-order to obtain accurate cornering and maintaining the stability on road. The mileage of this car is pretty impressive as it has good mileage range up to 19/30 mpg on City/Highway with the automatic transmission. The fuel efficiency has certainly increased when compared to the old Camaro (thanks to the revised engine tweaks)

Chevrolet Camaro 2014

Image Source: thecarconnection.com

Review: Safety

This power packed car is also power packed with good safety features. For a sports car, safety is very important as chance of getting into accidents is high. The safety features of the car include,

  • At front Camaro is equipped with both front and rear head airbags and side-mounted airbags for extra protection.
  • On star emergency system, which alerts the nearest emergency care if any accident happens
  • ABS (Anti-Lock Breaking Systems)
  • Stability control program
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5 star rated safety
  • Traction control system

Rivalry:

Chevrolet Camaro, in its class faces rivalry with some of the most predominant sports cars ever built on earth, starting from

  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Ford Mustang Shelby
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • Dodge Challenger

Chevy Camaro Commercial:

Pros:

  • Trendy design
  • Nice interiors and exteriors
  • Powerful Engine Specs
  • Handling and safety

Cons:

  • Price tag
  • Poor rear vision
  • Hard plastics for interiors

Bottom-Line:

If you are a die-hard fan of transformers, then I am sure that this car is one of your dream cars, and if you have enough money in hand, the car is not a bad choice at all as it has the desired features ie. sporty speed, aggressive looks, decent mileage and great handling.

AUTOBOTS Unmasked – the real automobiles behind the Transformers

Transformers Fan? No matter which side (autobots / decepticons) you are on. Read on, for the newer and revolutionary automotive casts that bring out newer identities that might have made you jump out of excitement.

Wouldn’t you love it if your car suddenly transformed into an Autobot? Well, we’ve all been there. Unfortunately, you’ve either got to be really drunk or dreaming high to see that happen. But, hadn’t it been for the expensive CGI’s and special effects, our favourite Autobots or decepticons might have been inanimate wallpapers on our screens (where’s the fun in that right?)

Let’s dig in a little deeper and uncover a few of the vehicles that put the previous Transformer films to shame.

THE SUPREME AUTOBOT:

Western Star Prototype a.k.a. Optimus Prime. Image Source: www.thebestwallpapersfan.com
  Western Star Prototype a.k.a. Optimus Prime.      Image Source: www.thebestwallpapersfan.com

Undeniably, the most loved (bulky yet effective) hero who has won millions of fans after the Transformers hit the big screens, Optimus prime, the virtual hero and the most loved character in the Transformers series, was formerly a Kenworth k100 cab-over truck (in the cartoon) that underwent a major overhaul by the Western Star Prototype, underwent major transformations, physically and digitally. Although the flaming paint job might have struck a certain amount of controversy, the all-new design would put all the issues at bay. Optimus Prime comes in a new avatar; flaunting huge chrome accents, exhaust stacks and a heart -throbbing look that put all the controversies at bay. The credits go to the prototype designed by Western Star Trucks (under the Daimler Auto Group)

BUMBLEBEE (Then and Now)

Introduced as Sam Witwicky’s (ShiaLeBouf) best friend, the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that was later transformed into (then new) Chevrolet Camaro has a whole new look in the latest Transformers movie.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS Image Source: www.worldcarfans.com
1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Image Source: www.worldcarfans.com

The Autobot scout that cruised around with a retro look was shown in a sexier and orgasmic avatar, the Chevrolet Camaro 2014 Super Sport. This look is definitely to die for.

Image Source: www.michaelbay.com

 

Cross Hairs Sting Ray:

A perfect opportune to invade the skies and rule the racetrack, Chevrolet showcased the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray; the autobot (abrasive with a cocky attitude) that transforms into Cross Hairs, a paratrooper that gives the Decepticons, a run for their bolts.  The lime green beauty that musters up its rage under the hood takes on the roads and skies.

Corvette Stingray. Image Source: www.corvette7.com
Corvette Stingray a.k.a. Cross Hairs. Image Source: www.corvette7.com

 

DISGUISED “DRIFT”

An Autobot by heart, and a decepticon by looks, meet the street legal Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse 2013, an expensive (US $ 2.25 million) addition, a breath taker and a conqueror of the actual roads that smashes its rivals black and blue, this bolt of lightning goes by the name “Drift” in disguise. Watch this Autobot with an unfinished business and a thirst to regain its lost honor, avenge its enemies with its massive (1200) horse power and a 253.81 mph speed.

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Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse 2013 a.k.a Drift.  Image Source: www.wallpaperstoday.com

THE “HOUND” READY TO POUND:

Another elephantine sized heavy duty vehicle after Optimus Prime, The movie brings you up close and personal with the Autobot commando, Hound, transforms from an Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle which in reality belongs to a family of heavy duty vehicles that are currently manufactured by the Oshkosh Corporation. Hound was formerly a Jeep (in the cartoon series) but the movie has given a newer definition to Hound by changing the complete look and transforming it into a decepticon pounding commando.

Oshkosh Defence Medium Tactical Vehicle. Image Source: www.automoblog.net
Oshkosh Defence Medium Tactical Vehicle a.k.a. Hound. Image Source: www.automoblog.net

Saved by RATCHET

Playing the role of a medical officer in the transformers movie, ratchet transforms into a green rescue Hummer H2 and also into a red and white striped ambulance with flashy lights that looks like a cargo van.

Ratchet. Image Source: www.tfwiki.net
Ratchet a.k.a Hummer H2                                Image Source: www.tfwiki.net

A TWISTED “LOCKDOWN”:

Sleek, slender and possessing sinister traits,  “Lockdown” the grey 2013 Lamborghini LP 700-4 Coupe, disappointingly is not an Autobot, neither is it a part of the Decepticon’s army. A bounty hunter replaced the previous “Lamborghini Murcielago” with ease. With only 4000 units made, Lamborghini proudly flaunted the Aventador, best in its class and a fame that makes you’d still love this legendary bull albeit it’s twisted role in the movie.

Lamborghini Aventador. Image Source: www.picthewall.com
Lamborghini Aventador. Image Source: www.picthewall.com

STINGER

Possessing gory colors, a Decepticon that was supposedly built by a human specializes in spying and sabotaging all good that Autobots stand for, the 2013 Pagani Huayra (Pronounced “wai-rah”) might lack the looks of a Lamborghini, but it is the epitome of pure bred speed infused with state of the art technical aerodynamics. Being one such car that provides flawless handling is definitely a dangerous demon on wheels for the Autobots. Pagani motors, an Italian Premium car Manufacturer is also known for cars such as its popular “Pagani Zonda”.

JUNK HEAP

The obvious, Decepticon which transforms into a Waste Management Truck, Chevrolet trax has been recruited to do the dirty yet effective job. Playing villainous roles, the Jukheap is featured in a differently colored Chevrolet Traxes on screen. These vehicles are also supposedly made by humans (in the movie) and later join the decepticons. This perfectly sized crossover is an offering from Chevrolet motors, sports its rally car which has an impressive design, nimble and confident handling capabilities, and goes easy on your fuel.

Chevrolet Trax. Image Source: www.yjcool.blogspot.com
                           Chevrolet Trax a.k.a Junk Heap.   Image Source: www.yjcool.blogspot.com

THE DECEIVING DECEPTICON

Freightliner Argosy cab-over-trailer. a.k.a Galvatron. Image Source: www.screenrant.com
                                Freightliner Argosy cab-over-trailer. a.k.a Galvatron.                              Image Source: www.screenrant.com

Another human made transformer that becomes the Decepticon overlord. GALVATRON, transforms into an impressive looking 2014 Freighliner Argosy cab-over-trailer. The black and grey colored definer of doom looks very impressive. The Freightliner Argosy trucks are extremely agile and immaculately structured.  The North American descendant looks evil yet breath-taking.

Bottom Line: These vehicles might have played different roles in the movie, yet they have impacted our hearts – a lot 🙂

Also,

Visit the Western Star Website: www.star-prototype.com

Visit the Chevrolet  Website: http://www.chevrolet.com/

Visit the Bugatti Website: http://www.bugatti.com/

Visit the Oshkosh Defense Vehicle Website: http://oshkoshdefense.com/

Visit the Hummer Website: http://www.hummer.com/

Visit the Lamborghini Website: http://www.lamborghini.com/

Visit the Pagani Website: www.pagani.com

Visit the Freight Liner Argosi Website:  http://www.freightlinertrucks.com/