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2014 Camaro gets Bumblebee treatment for 'Transformers 4'

The one-off concept car is even wilder than the 2014 production model coming this summer.

By Clifford Atiyeh Jul 3, 2013 11:29AM
With the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro sporting a thinner grille and restyled lights – not to mention the return of the vaunted Z/28 model coming this summer with 500 horses – you'd think that'd be enough to satisfy buyers of this retro muscle car.

It wasn't working for director Michael Bay, who ordered a custom 2014 Camaro to play Bumblebee in "Transformers 4," the tender but deadly autobot that's best friends with Shia LaBeouf's lead character. The whole front end is new, with an even thinner grille and LED headlights that look half-open, plus a reshaped, domed hood and a lower valance that stretches the air intake farther to the corners. The rear brake ducts are functional and wide-open as opposed to the faint strakes on the production car, and the fuel filler door has been moved onto a black cover replacing the rear window.

If we had to make a good guess, we'd say the gray BBS wheels – at least 22 inches, like on the Hot Wheels 2013 Camaro – have spacers fitted, seeing as they're almost popping out of the fenders. For a sports car, Bumblebee should be squatting lower, but again, those tires barely fit as is. In addition to this special concept, Bumblebee will also be seen in the film as a "restomod" 1967 Camaro complete with modern equipment, just like the Eleanor Mustang from "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Bumblebee 2014 Chevrolet Camaro (c) Paramount
While we could see Bay wrecking the 2014 Corvette Stingray in the film, the one-off Camaro is a bit too special for real crashes – and there's not a chance in hell he'd scrape the $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and the even rarer Pagani Huayra running alongside in the chase scenes. If that happens, we'll be marching on Hollywood with burning stakes.

[Source: Paramount Pictures]
Jul 5, 2013 9:22AM
Current Camaro looks so good. Why? What happened? Looks like there's some Oldsmobile designers lurking around at Chevy.
Jul 9, 2013 9:49AM
I think this Camaro looks pretty cool. If you want an old looking one, then go get one!
Oct 7, 2013 3:02PM
Yessss!!  I'm a true Chevrolet fan, I remember, from my early preteen years, those yellow 1967 Camaro RS models with their black stripes and concealed headlights.  I miss those a lot.  I'm also really happy that Chevrolet put Camaro back in the dealer showrooms.  Also, when I lived back east with my uncle in the 1960's and 1970's, he and I actually saw a Yenko Chevrolet Camaro, just a few car-lengths ahead of us, one day while we were travelling south on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  This was back in 1970 when I was just 8 years old, and at that time, my uncle had a 1962 Chevy Belair 2-door bubble top hardtop until he replaced it with a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu 2-door sedan back in 1974--all no thanks to the oil embargo at that time!!  After the 1962 model year, there were no more bubble top Chevrolet Bel Airs.
Jul 7, 2013 12:38PM
I love the rounded wheel wells, but a big no to the front grill.
Oct 7, 2013 12:23PM
This Camaro sucks! I have the orginal and thats the best! Just waiting for GM to put 4 doors on it to complete the transformation.
Jul 7, 2013 4:10PM

The current Camaro looks bad enough as a retro design, this is even worse. Hopefully, the next generation Camaro will look more like the 1969 Camaro.


Ford had it right in 2005, then ruined in 2010 with a redesign that gave it the unwanted & terrible looking aerodynamic look. Ford even ruined the rear with Mustang II look.


So far, only the Dodge Challenger looks good & faithful to the 1970 look.


Retro designs are SUPPOSE to look like a new car designed to look like the old car, not an old car designed to look like a new car.


The Chief Designer at GM/Chevrolet for some unknown reason actually told his designers that he did not want the new Camaro to look like the old Camaro, and even went so far as to have the front and back of the new Camaro designed by two different designers.


Everyone was waiting for the new Camaro to be like the new Mustang - instantly recognizable as a Mustang - but what a big let down.


Like the Mustang, everyone was hoping more styling cues from the '69 model years would had been incorporated into the two designs - NOT LESS.

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