Bumblebee will transform into an off-road-ready second-generation Camaro.
You can always count on the Transformers movies to feature cool cars for gearheads to swoon over. After all, this is a franchise that centers on giant intergalactic robots that transform into cars, trucks, and jets to keep a low profile on earth when they aren't punching each other.
After Michael Bay directed five Transformers movies that were widely panned by critics and fans, the franchise went back to basics with 2018's Bumblebee, a warmly-received prequel set in 1987. In a throwback to the original 1980s TV series, the titular Autobot transformed into a yellow Volkswagen Bug.
Bumblebee was a return to form, paving the way for a promising new era of live-action Transformers films. Next year, the robots in disguise will return to the big screen in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Ahead of its release, director Steven Caple Jr. has given us a first look at the cars we can look forward to seeing in action.
Photos taken on location in Peru show that Bumblebee will be a Chevrolet Camaro, just like in Michael Bay's Transformers movies. This time, the Camaro will be a second-generation model upgraded with some off-road goodies to tackle the dirt. For its role in the film, the Camaro has been modified with beefy all-terrain tires, flared fenders, a ducktail spoiler, and a ram bar for smashing anything that gets in its way.
Sources say the Camaros built for the film are fitted with modified GM Performance 350 small-block V8s. Once again, Autobot leader Optimus Prime will transform into a red, white, and blue cab truck.
For JDM enthusiasts, Nightbird will morph into an R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R with a mean-looking body kit featuring copper and purple accents. Also spotted on set is an orange GMC Topkick tow truck that will reportedly be a Terrorcon, a new faction that will replace the Decepticons as the main villains. A black Mack truck will play the role of Scourge, while Autobot Arcee will transform into a Ducati 916. Finally, Mirage will be a silver Porsche 964, and Wheeljack will transform into a vintage VW Bus.
The seventh film in the live-action Transformers film franchise, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will release in theaters on June 24, 2022.