• Dec 7, 2006
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One reason we're so geeked about the upcoming live action Transformers movie that's scheduled to open on July 4th, 2007, is that we will see the familiar battle of Ford vs. Chevy in a most unfamiliar way. Watching the two brands battle it out in the marketplace is a bore. In the Transformers movie, however, we'll hopefully see a giant mechanized Camaro robot square off against a giant mechanized Mustang. Now that's a true comparison test.

We know the Camaro will be played by Bumblebee, the affable ex-Volkswagen Bug that counts himself among the Transformer's do-goody fold. The Mustang, however, will be played by Barricade, an evil Decepticon (gee, wonder who paid more for product placement) with the message "To punish and enslave" tattoed on his fender/shoulder. We've seen images of Bumblebee plenty of times, but the affable little guy will likely cower behind the prodigious calf muscles of Optimus Primes when he gets a good look at Barricade, the baddest (and only) muscle car/evil robot the world has ever known. A sketch of Barricade was released on the internet today that gives us our first glimpse of the menacing Mustang in ass-kicking robot mode. Let's just say the first batch of Camaro vs. Mustang head-to-head comparos in the buff books a couple years from now won't be quite as impressive after seeing this movie.

[Source: TFW2005 via Jalopnik]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      One quibble- it's not technically a Ford Mustang- it's a Saleen. Ford reportedly didn't want their car playing the bad guy, so the production company pulled a quick one by partnering with Saleen instead.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "We've seen images of Bumblebee plenty of times, but the affable little guy will likely cower behind the prodigious calf muscles of Optimus Primes when he gets a good look at Barricade, the baddest (and only) muscle car/evil robot the world has ever known."

      The idea of Bumblebee cowering. Pfft! If you knew the FIRST thing about Bumblebee... the bot does NOT cower!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool! Looking forward to the movie too. Looking forward to seeing the Transformers idea tranlated into reality. (Something that always bugged me about the cartoon, which had absolutely no basis in reality.) Especially looking forward to all the whiny fan-boys.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys are blind, that looks like hell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think "Barricade" in car form looks awesome. What I like about it is not only is the car a Saleen Mustang but the bumper guard looks wicked. Anyone know which brand they used or was it custom made? I wouldn't be surprised if Highway Patrol would start using a Mustang thaty looks like "Barricade". Of course they wouldn't use the phrase " to punish and enslave". Then again..... =P (kidding)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The problem is that the camaro is going to be more expensive than the mustang, so while it may beat it out performance-wise by a slight margin, power for the money still goes to the mustang. Just like it always has.
      • 8 Years Ago
      now that is cool looking!
      i cant wait until this movie comes out
      Dave
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ummm... actually the Mustang/Saleen didn't ever kick the Camaro's ass. In fact, unless you wanted to pay $45K+ for a Saleen, there hasn't been a factory-built Mustang that could beat a factory-built Camaro offering for about 30 years, if you can even argue that a Saleen is factory built Mustang, and not a tuner version. That's like saying the Dick Harrell 427, Berger, or Intimidator Camaro is factory built. The legendary Boss 429 was a badass ride, but even still, was arguably beaten by the ZL1 427 Camaro, and that was damn near 40 years ago! The only thing that "booted the Camaro into oblivion" was sales... because balding middle aged men and 16 year-old girls love to drive V-6 convertible Mustangs. Yay V-6 convertibles! LOL!1 Don't worry, when the Camaro comes back from "oblivion", it will continue to out-handle, out-accelerate, and generally out-perform the Mustang. And if you're going to say something like "what about the Shelby GT500!?!?!?" just wait, because Chevy is remedying that situation as we speak. It's called "SS". I'm not even a Camaro fan, but facts are facts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Of course, it goes without saying that the Mustang/Saleen Transformer will kick the Camaro Transformer's ass, just like the real Mustang booted the real Camaro into oblivion some years ago ...

      (and yes, I know that the Camaro is going to make a comeback, four years after the Mustang was redesigned.)