LAS VEGAS -- Chevrolet and General Motors reinforced their ties to the Michael Bay "Transformers" franchise with a trio of movie cars starting with this Chevy Camaro concept that transforms into the giant robot Bumblebee with the aid of movie magic (and probably hundreds of computers).
Show cars are usually kept impeccably clean, but this Rally Sonic RS from the upcoming "Transformers 4" film is covered in dirt. It's possible that this car will portray either Skids or the appropriately named Mudflap in the film.
However, aside from a few carbon fiber exterior parts and blade silver and fusion gray paint, the Atlantic Concept's upgrade list reads like a Corvette Genuine Accessories catalog. The suede-wrapped interior package does look nice, though.
Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that growls through a one-off Borla Performance Exhaust and sends 415 horsepower, 415 pound-feet of torque through its six-speed automatic transmission on its way to the rear wheels.
This Chevrolet Sonic concept features an all-around upgrade. The turbo, exhaust, suspension, intake, and brakes have been modified for increased performance. Bright lemon-peel-yellow paint with blue graphics and wheels finish the show-car look.
The half-shafts have been strengthened and the battery electric algorithms have been tweaked. I suppose Chevrolet didn't think that the 450 pound-feet of torque from the electric motor needed any more upgrades.
Under the hood, you'll find a 7.0-liter V-8 engine that sends 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque through its Tremec TR6060 manual transmission. It's sure to be quick in a straight line, but Chevrolet is also claiming 1.08g of cornering acceleration and 1.5g of braking deceleration.