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Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiled

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the nerds-roll-out dept.

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roelbj writes "Automotive stories are few and far between on Slashdot, but today's news from Chevrolet might just make a few readers' mouths water at the chance to own their own Bumblebee. Today at Comic-Con, General Motors officially announced the 2010 Chevy Camaro Transformers Special Edition. The $995 appearance package can be applied to LT (V6) and SS-trim Camaros in Rally Yellow with or without the optional RS package."

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Damn... (5, Funny)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792571)

I don't want a Bumble-Bee! I want a Crazy Frog!

Kill yourself (0, Troll)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792645)

Not only is that lame to joke about an article describing a lame attempt at exploiting a lamer crap movie but you just fail at being yourself.

What about cutting the crap and avoiding such submission, in the future?

(and sucking less dicks would be a definite asset for the mods and their fellow gheyditors)

Re:Kill yourself (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28792689)

Not only is that lame to joke about an article describing a lame attempt at exploiting a lamer crap movie but you just fail at being yourself.

What about cutting the crap and avoiding such submission, in the future?

(and sucking less dicks would be a definite asset for the mods and their fellow gheyditors)

You big Gay! You big Gay! YOU big Gay!!!!!!

Re:Kill yourself (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28792749)

SHUT the FUCK up.

Re:Kill yourself (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793575)

Why is this person modded troll?

I wanted to see the effect of making a lame joke as the first comment - as the comments closest to the top no-matter how mediocre are always modded too high!

God bless the trolls. Sometimes they point out the obvious!

Obama's bizarre distraction... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793721)

Last night, during what was supposed to be his Obamacare infomercial, Obama provided a bizarre distraction from the fact at hand, as he is prone to do:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0709/Obama_Cambridge_police_acted_stupidly.html [politico.com]

Either a) Obama has so much free time on his hands that he can meddle in local matters, or b) he was hoping to distract his audience from his appalling lack of substance in his appeal for government takeover of the health care sector. Since Obama is famed for his lack of substantive arguments (what we call "all hat and no cattle" in this part of the country), my vote is "B."

Here's a thought, Obama: health care is not a right. A person has a responsibility to take care of themselves. Nowhere in the Constitution is it mentioned that the federal government has the power to create a nationalized health care system. That means that this power belongs to the states. You would think that a former Constitutional law professor would know this, but I guess this is what we have come to expect from affirmative action products. Instead of wasting all of your energy on yet another government power/rights grab, creating another unfunded entitlement, and creating another huge avenue for fraud and waste (or what we like to call MedicAid and MediCare), why don't you incentivize the states to come up with creative solutions to the health care problem and see what works best? Isn't it better to have more brains working on the problem than fewer? Obama, you seem to have forgotten that the states are not a collection of regional subjects of the federal government, but are separate entities of which YOU are the servant.

And they wonder why..... (4, Interesting)

Immostlyharmless (1311531) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792595)

GM is sinking faster than an anvil in a swimming pool....1000 bucks for 472 dollar rally stripes and some tacky emblems applied in a couple of spots? WOW....HOW about 472 bucks for rally stripes and 500 bucks into a decent aftermarket exhaust? Its obvious they are smoking the good shit in Detroit...

Re:And they wonder why..... (5, Interesting)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792675)

Neither GM nor Chrysler will "get it".
Why should they?
They have governed by finance pros instead of by engineers.
Finance pros are more concerned with short-term profits than long term growth.
It takes someone with FORD CEO's instinct to think ahead.
And being finance pros, they can blackmail the government into funding them into eternity.
Gordon Gekko was absolutely right when he said: "The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest."

Re:And they wonder why..... (2, Insightful)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792713)

If they survive, it means they were the most fit to survive. That is proven by the fact of their continued existance. Value judgements are irrelevant to evolution - it's a process, not a pathway.

Re:And they wonder why..... (3, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792987)

Actually if they survive it just means they survived, not that they were "most fit". I haven't kept abreast of the news but I heard about GM having trouble years ago, and if they are still struggling then it could just mean that they used to be very fit, but now are just struggling along on reserves and will die if they don't improve matters. Were they one of the companies helped by the government 'bail out' recently? The bail out was presumably affected by 'value judgements'..

My but it's fun to argue about pointless things online.

Re:And they wonder why..... (3, Insightful)

wisty (1335733) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793517)

A company that gets bailed out is fit, just like a virus or tumor. The same could be said for certain business practices. A parasite can hurt its host and still be successful.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793737)

I didn't say that they weren't fit - their very survival is an indication of some element of current fitness or at least past success. I'm just saying that the "most fit" companies didn't even need a bailout (at least among European and Asian car manufacturers).

Re:And they wonder why..... (3, Insightful)

Paltin (983254) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793025)

UGH.

A catastrophic confluence of Smith and Darwin.

What Smith didn't realize, is that humanity doesn't act rationally; what Darwin didn't get, is that he was just recapitulating Smith's tenet's in a world there they worked.

In any case, evolutionary standards are inappropriate for discussing economy. Except in theory- theory which doesn't work in real life.

Mista B, you're proposed superiority of selection fails in the face of human morality. Just as the dreams of eugenicists failed... and for the same reason.

Man is not bound by survival of the fittest. We can choose what is moral, what is right-- and what will survive.

Re:And they wonder why..... (3, Insightful)

rohan972 (880586) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793741)

What Smith didn't realize, is that humanity doesn't act rationally;

No, you just don't understand the term in the context it's being used in.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_choice_theory [wikipedia.org]
"The 'rationality' described by rational choice theory is different from the colloquial and most philosophical uses of rationality."

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

michaelhood (667393) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793215)

Well, that's what it meant before we started nationalizing auto companies..

Re:And they wonder why..... (3, Insightful)

catxk (1086945) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792773)

The issue is that the government allowed those companies to grow so large. I heard one tenth of all jobs in the US are connected to the three auto companies. That number is enough to scare any politician into a bailout.

Thus, the issue is not that the government steps in with rescue funds, the issue is that the government, by allowing mergers, allowed for those companies to grow so large that their survival becomes an issue of national economic stability. One can only hope that the government will take this opportunity to hack n' slash the brands out of the company (like GM is doing with Swedish SAAB at the moment) and make sure a similar situation can never arise again.

Re:And they wonder why..... (4, Insightful)

bitrex (859228) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792965)

Did the government just allow for the companies to grow so large, or could one say that the government actively encouraged the growth of oligopolies in certain sectors due to effective lobbying by those sectors? Corporations love competition when they are on the offensive, but they hate it when they are on the defensive, and many American corporations (for numerous reasons) have been on the defensive of late. So, the FedGov hates competition, large corporations hate competition - sounds like a match made in heaven! It seems only when this two peas in a pod arrangement goes sour, and the screwups of the corporate siblings threaten their government brother, that there is realization (too late of course) that this match may not have been for the best.

I'll admit that I don't know a great deal about Libertarian philosophy, but how anyone who works in an economic capacity for the U.S. government can perform their job and say that the government upholds free-market capitalist ideals with a straight face is beyond me. Free market rhetoric must be just some kind of obfuscation to deflect the fact that the much of the US economic system is really a kind of corporate-socialist hybrid, and has been for quite some time (perhaps beginning truly in earnest after World War 2, and the incredible increase in economic power the U.S. was able to obtain when the government and industry joined forces). It appears to be the logical and efficient solution when it works (look at what China has managed to do under this kind of arrangement in the span of only about 20 years!), but watch out when it falters.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

catxk (1086945) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793187)

That Communism and Capitalism is pursuing the same endgame has been stated over and over by several scholars. If so, I believe you must make a distinction between the capitalistic technicality and libertarian philosophy. Capitalism is the system in which US politics and corporations has been living in the last half-century or more. To me, it seems as this system is working towards an inevitable end, which would be the total corporate-socialist hybrid you mention, in which a one company, one government rules all.

The solution to that problem would be liberalism in the sense Adam Smith intended it. A diverse economy so large that the small companies it consists of has no possible to in any substantial way influence the larger whole. In an economy ruled by Adam Smith, company mergers would be unheard of and one bankrupt car manufacturer among the tens or hundreds in the market wouldn't even make headlines. If the US car manufacturing market as a whole would lose its advantages compared to Chinese manufacturers, the US companies would go bankrupt one by one, probably at a slow and manageable rate, causing no major distributions to society and surely, they would not gather much attention from politicians.

To me as a European, that would mean cheaper and better cars, produced in China and cheaper and better whatever the US market would start producing instead.

Re:And they wonder why..... (5, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793431)

Capitalism is the system in which US politics and corporations has been living in the last half-century or more.

I WISH!

No, you're not even close. The system that our government and the larger corporations have created isn't capitalism, it's a rehash of mercantilism. Capitalism is a system of free markets, in which information is conveyed through profits and losses. By insulating larger players from their losses, the government robs us not only of the wealth they loot from us through taxation or inflation to give to these incompetents, but they also keep resources misallocated.

-jcr

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

morghanphoenix (1070832) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793105)

You mean like EA Hasbro? Wonder what would happen if people decided to stop buying the crap they churn out as they milk the IP of every company they've bought.

Re:And they wonder why..... (2, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793403)

The issue is that the government allowed those companies to grow so large.

No, the issue is that the government is using usurped power that the people never granted to keep these companies around after they've failed. The government is looting wealth from everyone who has dollars, to give to incompetent organizations like GM's management and the UAW, to allow them to continue their failure.

-jcr

Re:And they wonder why..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793383)

Ever wonder why finance pros are the once in governance in most corporations? Because they have these things called people skills that a lot of engineers lack (but think they have).

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793569)

No, that's the sales guys you're thinking of.

-jcr

Re:And they wonder why..... (3, Informative)

DarkNinja75 (990459) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792685)

Honda sells a special edition motorcycle (CBR1000RR Repsol edition) for $1000 more than the original, even though the only difference is the color of the plastics and rims. You can buy the plastics from Honda separately for $500, and pay a local shop $100 to paint the rims. GM isn't the only one who charges more for a special edition when it can be had for cheaper some other way.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793135)

It's apparently a good example of the whole being worth more than the sum of the parts.

Re:And they wonder why..... (2, Insightful)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793209)

The difference is you can't finance a $600 mod, but when you add it as a $1000 package on top of the price of a car you can make payments on it. Dumb yes, but this is how consumers think. And why it is so very easy to sell car buyers all these packages.

Re:And they wonder why..... (5, Insightful)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793303)

    I look at it this way. I have a 2000 TransAm WS/6 edition. It's a special edition car, and always will be.

    I've known of people who buy the V6 Firebird. They'll swap in the LS1 engine. Then they'll get the body parts from aftermarket vendors to match (nose, hood, tail wing, etc). Then they'll get the logos, decals, etc. They'll put it all together, and have pretty much the same car. Sometimes they'll forget something, like the suspension, exhaust, original wheels, etc. It won't quite be a WS/6, even though it will look like it. Regardless of how perfectly they reproduce it, mine will always be an original WS/6. Theirs will be a modified car similar to the WS/6.

    If they ever go to sell it, a VIN search will show that it has the wrong engine, and that particular one didn't come with WS/6 performance package.

    To a collector, my car with very few modifications is worth a whole lot more than a car made to emulate it.

    In my area, with the mileage and options my car has is will sell retail for $11,300. Someone who modified a regular Firebird (Formula) to look like my WS/6, assuming the dealer overlooked the fact that it was modified from original (which lowers the value), it would only retail for $8,400. As a private sale, the modified car may go for more, but that's all in your salesmanship.

    You're not only paying for $20 worth of plastic trim, you're paying for the fact that a particular vehicle was originally sold as that vehicle.

    Would I buy the Transformers special package? Probably not. It's kinda silly and childish. But hey, whatever. Some people may like that. It will remain a special edition car, which will always have it's bragging rights. What if someone just adds on their own parts later, and says it's the special edition? Well, when you look it up, you'll find that it isn't. You'll also likely find that they missed some detail in their conversion.

    When I work on cars, that's something I hate more than anything. Someone along the line will have converted something, and then you have to figure out what they did so you can get a replacement part that fits. I don't know how many hours I've spent in parts stores with a broken part, asking them to look up various years and models of similar cars to see what some small part came off of.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

samurphy21 (193736) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793425)

I'm one of those people you talk about. I'm such a menace under the hood. Not only do I buy parts off similar, but superior, cars to swap into mine, I've been known to backyard up my own modifications to intake, exhaust, and other areas, just for fun. I actually hate taking my car to a mechanic for fear of them having exactly the issue you describe.

Right now, I've got an 04 Subaru with a 'custom' air intake, basically just a cone filter directly mounted to the throttle body, with the PCV valves replumbed back in to the cone filter. Its kind of a monstrosity, but it sounds SO good, and I refuse to put it back. I recently took it in for a repair to the accessory pulley and my mechanic raised quite a few eyebrows. (He's got at least 5)

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793465)

To a collector, my car with very few modifications is worth a whole lot more than a car made to emulate it.

What kind of collector would buy any GM car made after the mid 1970s?

-jcr

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793597)

You'd be surprised. Here in the UK there's a Morris Marina owner's club, and those heaps of junk would have been more appealing if they'd used the metal to craft giant metallic dog turds on wheels.

One man's meat, and all that.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

yeahthisisrob (964263) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793635)

True, but the owner of that emulated WS/6 is still paying the much cheaper insurance of a V6. Pros/Cons.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

DebianDog (472284) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793681)

As the owner of a Trans-Am with modifications as good or better than a WS6. I 100% agree. I lost track of how many "car people" have asked me, "Nice car. Is that a WS6?" Then I go into an explanation of the "what's different".

I would not mind a Camaro, but I can not ever image the day someone asking me, "Why didn't you but the Transformers edition?"

Re:And they wonder why..... (3, Insightful)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793723)

And if you are lucky, in 40 years or so, the car will be worth the $32k you paid for it when it was new. By then though, $32k will be worth $10k.

Concerning the V6? $25k new, so I would say yours lost value quicker, as if that made any difference.

Moot point, really. Both lost value like crazy.

Re:And they wonder why..... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793773)

Only guys with tiny dicks buy Trans Ams.

Re:And they wonder why..... (4, Insightful)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792729)

Because some people won't mind over paying a little over the going rate to get it like that fresh from the factory. Perhaps cause it's cool and they have too much money to care, or perhaps the really aren't THAT into the performance other than to talk to thier non-car people friends. Maybe the just don't want to worry about getting a hassle if they need warrenty repair work from a dealer.

Just a copy of reasons that come to mind. Its only a few percent increase price, the car companies do well on these deals because it requires you to buy a bunch of other options to get a configuration they will add this package to.

My last car purchase resulted in me getting every option except the smoking package because I had the money and knew I'd like the features and would never get around to adding them later. It was just easier to have them do it. Yes, the after market optins were "better", in both price and performace, but not enough to justify the work and inconvience later. If I really wanna make it a hot car I'll need far more expensive upgrades across the board.

If you think a muffler upgrade on it's own makes you car special in anyway then you are a poser. Posers are who the are aiming for.

Anything that legitimately makes them more money is a good idea. We're not talking about penis enlargement pills level of ripoff here.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

Immostlyharmless (1311531) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792771)

I used an exhaust upgrade as an example because it was one that was cited in the linked article. RTFA much?

Re:And they wonder why..... (2, Informative)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793485)

Don't forget the upgrades prices are with your car total price so you are paying for it via your car loan. Which means you don't need to wait to save up the couple of thousand for these upgrades. Or try to get the bank to loan you more money for extras which may be harder then getting the money for the car. Plus you pay it off with the price of your car. So you can make it part of your normal budget.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793837)

Because some people won't mind over paying a little over the going rate to get it like that fresh from the factory.

You should have said "because some people are ignorant". Factory paint is usually pure shit, especially from GM. Even when they hand-paint a car (rare) it looks like dog doo. Orange peel for ever!

If you think a muffler upgrade on it's own makes you car special in anyway then you are a poser. Posers are who the are aiming for.

Actually, most factory mufflers are super-restrictive to make a quiet sound, even on so-called performance cars. Replacing the full exhaust system can net over 10 horsepower on cars with big engines and small exhausts... even while making zero other changes. I mean, the top model has 426 HP, that's a tiny percentage.

Re:And they wonder why..... (2, Interesting)

arizonagroovejet (874489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792741)

I really don't think this is the big 'OMG this is why GM fail' deal you're trying to make it out to be. GM are by no means the first to offer a special edition of a vehicle where some will say that the extra cost cannot be justified by the extras that are included for the money. I can't be bothered trying to locate and link specific examples, but I do know that on at least a couple of occasions Top Gear (very popular UK car themed entertainment programme) have mentioned a special edition of some car or other and expressed their opinion that the value of the included extras is less than the premium being charged.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

SerpentMage (13390) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793205)

No this is an example of why GM will fail. In the movie why on earth did they choose a Camero? Oh yeah because it is a manly car. Frankly Bumble Bee could just as easily have been a Volkswagen Beetle! Or another fuel efficient vehicle from GM. For example it could have been the Opel sportster or Corsa, etc... You may say, "why should they be politically correct?" Ever watched a movie from the 30's or 40's or 50's? A large number of them are REALLY tacky because of the props they chose, and frankly a large number of them are pretty unbearable to watch.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793587)

Apparently you missed the part about the Asian automakers being down 56% in the last few quarters too. *waves a giant clue bat* It's not just a north american automaker problem.

Re:And they wonder why..... (1)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793791)

Don't you mean they are smoking good shit in DC

I must say... (5, Funny)

cosmotron (900510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792599)

...this is pretty awesome. That being said, they absolutely should make a Decepticon option for the appropriate cars.

Re:I must say... (1)

RockWolf (806901) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793579)

That being said, they absolutely should make a Decepticon option for the appropriate cars.

Mercury Marauder.

You said appropriate, not GM.

/~Rockwolf

Transformers (1)

s74ng3r (963541) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792609)

I wish they would release a Camaro that really transform to an autobot.

Re:Transformers (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793079)

I wish they would release a Camaro that really transform to an autobot.

I'd bet on Honda before GM.

I don't get it (5, Funny)

The Creator (4611) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792619)

Can someone explain it to me with a robot analogy?

Re:I don't get it (1)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792715)

Curse you! With only 16 comments so far, I was hoping to be the first to ask for a car analogy, but yours was cleverer!

Re:I don't get it (2, Funny)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793095)

Can someone explain it to me with a robot analogy?

Imagine you're a kid on one of the twelve colonies, and Apollo saves you from being lost in the extras. You beg Apollo for a Cyclon that you can order about, to shoot up your enemies. Apollo goes to see an engineer, and brings back a dumb, annoying person dressed up in a robot suit, calling him Muffet. So you take Apollo's gun while he's playing with the "dagget", and hijack a Viper instead.

Re:I don't get it (1)

chooks (71012) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793443)

Actually, I was hoping for an explanation using an intellectual property analogy...

Re:I don't get it (4, Funny)

brianc (11901) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793537)

Can someone explain it to me with a robot analogy?

Bite my shiny metal ass!

Shouldn't they pay you ... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28792639)

... to advertise a franchise?

Re:Shouldn't they pay you ... (1)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792983)

You would be lucky if you didn't get sued for copyright infringement. I can see it now, you're cruising down I-95 and all of a sudden there's twenty police cars behind you a la OJ Simpson.

Re:Shouldn't they pay you ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793779)

This is America, buddy. The same country where people think it's cool to stick a giant Nike swoosh sticker on the back window of their Camaro (a.k.a. the White Trash Corvette). There are enough stupid people here to do free advertising for just about any company. This post is brought to you by Fascism: Welcome to it.

Like Ford, I Have a Better Idea (0, Flamebait)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792643)

That idea being that I shock their marketing department with a tazer until they come up with an idea that doesn't make me vomit in my mouth. I'll work by the hour, GM, call me.

Oh, and by the way, that color of yellow is really hideous. Actually, any color of yellow is really hideous.

Re:Like Ford, I Have a Better Idea (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793029)

Oh, and by the way, that color of yellow is really hideous. Actually, any color of yellow is really hideous.

Bumblebee has always been yellow and one of the favourite characters on Transformers. Most guys wouldn't get a car that colour sure, but if they're Transformers nuts then they definitely would consider it. I was thinking about putting a couple of Autobot badges on my own car recently, but decided against it for now. I'm seriously thinking about Starscream style tattoos all over the bodywork though, that would just look damned cool (even without the Transformers association).

Automotive stories.... (1)

Slurpee (4012) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792667)

Automotive stories may be few, but automotive illustrations on the other hand....

$995 for (5, Funny)

hebetudinous_rectum (1583011) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792669)

the only Camaro option that won't help you get laid.

Re:$995 for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793811)

...by someone you'd be interested in

Yawn... (4, Insightful)

SmlFreshwaterBuffalo (608664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792693)

...wake me when this is offered on a VW Beetle.

Usually when people buy sports cars... (4, Funny)

Procasinator (1173621) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792697)

... they do it to impress girls. And, with a bright yellow transformers car, I think you might struggle. Oh wait, this is slashdot, nevermind!

Re:Usually when people buy sports cars... (1)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792957)

Actually, and I don't understand this myself, one of the most popular colour for Porsches is 'Speed Yellow' which is a similar garish yellow to the one on the car in the article.

Re:Usually when people buy sports cars... (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793413)

Here they are just tring to impress Michael Bay.

Re:Usually when people buy sports cars... (2, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793527)

Oddly enough cars really don't impress girls that much. It actually impresses the guys more, and the girls follow the guys, so you may improve your exposure chances.

After looking at the pictures. I kinda wish they didn't put the transformers logo on it. Just the Autobot symbols so it looks like the character. Putting the logo on it reminds me of those cheap $3 costumes for Halloween where you get a mask and a plastic smock with the picture of what you are supposed to look like, its name and what show it is from. Just so when you go trick or treating the adults can properly guess who you are and make you feel like you actually did a good job in choosing a cool costume.

Re:Usually when people buy sports cars... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793753)

Oddly enough cars really don't impress girls that much. It actually impresses the guys more,

That is what impresses the girls. Girls wants the alpha male that impresses all the other guys. The guy with the largest... engine, so to speak.

At first I was surprised you seemed oblivious to this fact of life but then I remembered that this is slashdot.

Editions (1)

Fotograf (1515543) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792737)

Call me when they offer petersbild or mustang with To Punish and Enslave on the side

Car Analogy (0, Redundant)

Razalhague (1497249) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792765)

I'm having trouble understanding the story. Could someone make a car analogy please?

shdit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28792769)

to avoid so as to jBSD 8achines

Mouth Watering? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28792799)

...make a few readers' mouths water...

I think I just threw up a bit in my mouth, does that count?

Its only a collector's item.... (5, Funny)

KneelBeforeZod (1527235) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792813)

If you keep it in the box.

Hmm... (1)

BlitzBrain (1567113) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792821)

Now only if we can get Megan Fox....

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793115)

Nah being Slashdot shed make ya ride bitch.

Re:Hmm... (1)

bagsta (1562275) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793609)

With the appearance package you can get as many Megan Foxes [thefoxwebsite.org] :) as you like... :P

About the picture (5, Interesting)

noddyxoi (1001532) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792833)

The marketing picture used in the link makes use of a visual illusion that is achieved by overlapping the two tyres surfaces from opposite corners. This effect draws a tyre that is very wide and we associate it with power and stability.

Chevy Spark (1)

codecracker007 (789100) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792891)

The real deal will be when GM launches the 2010 [wikipedia.org] Chevy Spark [wikipedia.org] on which the Skids were based

New Camaro is, but the Challenger looks better! (4, Informative)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792915)

The new Camaro has some design issues that really irk many people. One is the 'Joker' front end that looks like a big, stupid, Cadillac CTS on acid. The second is the rear sheet metal. It looks like the design team just quit, and it doesn't look good at all. The third are reports of super bad visibility, and a cheap interior.

That is why I love my Challengers more and more. They have the great lines of inspired design, and while there is always something faster out there, you can't outrun ugly. Here is a nice image comparison of a Challenger and a Camaro: Challenger and Camaro via autoblog. [blogcdn.com] Yet to each their own. At least we live in a day and age where all three historic cars are available at the same time: The Dodge Challenger, Camaro, and Mustang. If you want one you better get one quick though. As the new CAFE standards are implemented these cars will likely go away by 2012. It is 1972 all over again.My SRT8 Challenger gets fair mileage. My R/T Challenger got 26mpg on the highway. I think the Camaro's are comparable. And thank you editors for posting a car story! I love cars. :)

Re:New Camaro is, but the Challenger looks better! (2)

SerpentMage (13390) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793231)

I love cars and actually wanted a Barracuda. But frankly the cars you mentioned are old fashioned! They are nostalgia for times WAY BYGONE! I find it weird that they do this. After all how many 57Chevy's look alikes were being built in the 70's! NONE!!!! Instead what I REALLY crave is a tesla! A car that beats the pants off a Ferrari and is environmentally friendly! WHERE DO I SIGN UP!!!!!

Re:New Camaro is, but the Challenger looks better! (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793743)

Touching on that.. doesn't it seem sad that the only success stories coming out of Detroit these days seems to be the resurrected muscle cars from the 70s?

This Camaro hits two generations. My generation which grew up playing with transformer toys and my parents' generation which grew up with the muscle cars. Retro is sooo the "in" thing right now.

Pig iron, I've got pig iron. (0, Troll)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792947)

Unfortunately it requires you to buy an American car.

Has the American car industry actually managed to get a whole 100bhp/litre out of a normally aspirated car yet? Or install suspension that wouldn't feel more at home in a super-soft bed?

Top Gear regularly make the joke that American car engines are made out of pig iron. And that was certainly true when I considered, for a whole 5 minutes, buying a Ford Mustang. A modern performance car with a *solid* rear axle and a lump of volcanic rock for an engine? No wonder I went out and bought European instead.

Putting this 'appearance pack' on a Chevrolet is like putting lipstick on a pig.

Re:Pig iron, I've got pig iron. (1)

xer.xes (4181) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793333)

What European brand offers an engine reach 100bhp/l normally aspirated? And then again, why does it matter?

And with respect to american sportscars: I think the ZR1 is the quickest production car to go around the nurburgring at the moment.

Re:Pig iron, I've got pig iron. (1)

Marcika (1003625) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793375)

And with respect to american sportscars: I think the ZR1 is the quickest production car to go around the nurburgring at the moment.

It was for maybe about 2 months in 2008. Right now, [wikipedia.org] there are at least 5 faster cars, one is a Dodge Viper, three of them are Italian, and the fastest one is British. (Not that it matters, mind you, given that you can be almost as fast on a good motorcycle for one tenth of the price and twice the coolness factor...)

Re:Pig iron, I've got pig iron. (1)

.mario1607 (596009) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793549)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurburgring_lap_times#Production_vehicles [wikipedia.org]

No, it's not. The quickest at the moment is the Radical SR8 with 6:55, and that's a 4 year old record... Second place is a Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, so the american cars are not that far behind. The engine in the SRT-10 ACR is a 8.4l engine with 600bhp though, so it doesn't exactly cross the 100bhp/l mark. The SR8 on the other hand has a 2.6l engine with 363bhp, so it crosses it just fine...

Re:Pig iron, I've got pig iron. (1)

CoonAss56 (927862) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793445)

Evidently you missed the episode of "Top Gear" where they drove 3 American hot cars-(Cadillac,Corvette ZR-1, and Challenger), went to Bonneville and set personal speed records, then went on to declare that these cars were some of best they had ever driven. So get that snobbish spoon out of your ass, wake up and learn that EVERY car builder makes some shitty car. Maybe you have forgotten have lousy British electrics-(Lucas) almost fried Jaguar until Ford bought them and modernized the lot.
Don't be painting all American cars with the same brush due to ignorance.

Re:Pig iron, I've got pig iron. (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793693)

Has the American car industry actually managed to get a whole 100bhp/litre out of a normally aspirated car yet?

I don't know, but a better answer is "who cares?". There are no autobahns in America where the top-speed-determining (drag-overcoming) horsepower can be fully utilitized. A majority of us are city dwellers, and the only fun we can have (that engine performance bears on) legally is punching it at a stoplight, and that's about twisting force. So the better question is, has anyone other than the American car industry actually managed to produce for very long any affordable model lines with available normally-aspirated generous torque?

Or install suspension that wouldn't feel more at home in a super-soft bed?

The 1970's called, to tell you that it's no longer the 1970's. What hampers American cars' handling IMO is weight. When they re-did the Mustang they made it larger and added a few hundred pounds. The new Camaro is a few hundred more than it was when it was cancelled. The GTO was the same. The Charger and Challenger are 4000+ lb porksters. Ain't no way that's going around a corner confidently. Only the Corvette actually lost weight in its last remake.

...Mustang. A modern performance car with a *solid* rear axle and a lump of volcanic rock for an engine?

With the exception of the super-charged Cobra one year, the V8 Mustangs have had the aluminum block 4.6L for the last 15 years or so. That the V6 model is still an iron block (it's an old pickup truck engine that's supposed to be replaced next year, along with the 4.6L) and both have live axles in the rear is a means of keeping the cheapest model dirt cheap. This makes it suitable for rental fleets, and otherwise keeps sales sufficient to prevent its cancellation like we've seen with its ponycar competitors.

Obligatory link to pulled Gay Camaro commercial. (1)

tetrahedrassface (675645) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792981)

Yup, here it is in all the glory it can muster. lol GM Viral Marketing gone horribly wrong. [youtube.com]

And yes folks this was a real internet commercial that GM pulled the plug on

Don't blame me!~ lol

Re:Obligatory link to pulled Gay Camaro commercial (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793511)

this was a real internet commercial that GM pulled the plug on

Who ordered that commercial, and has the SEC looked into whether they were shorting GM shares?

-jcr

couldn't be worse (4, Interesting)

dltaylor (7510) | more than 5 years ago | (#28792985)

They take an iconic American model, one with a decent racing history (Penske in Trans-Am, for example) and make it look like a stupid cartoon toy, so that only someone with the mentality of a 14-year-old would want one, then turn it, literally, into a cartoon toy look-alike?

After Ford botched the Mustang suspension and engine, then "fixed it" by ruining the styling, and Chrysler built a seriously overweight Challenger, my last hope for a factory "pony car" was Chevrolet. Ain't gonna happen now.

You can pretty much build a '60s Mustang or Camaro body from parts, and use some late-model items like 4-wheel discs, EFI, and 5/6-speed transmissions, plus some "lessons learned" suspension bits to build a really nice daily driver, cruiser, race car, ...

http://www.dynacornclassicbodies.com/ford_models.html [dynacorncl...bodies.com]

http://www.dynacornclassicbodies.com/gm_models.html [dynacorncl...bodies.com]

$1000 for some stickers? help me here... (3, Insightful)

fantomas (94850) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793133)

Not a big car fan, not an American, so help me here and correct me if I've got it wrong.

The deal is you pay $1000 and you get some stickers to stick on your car?

Maybe they stick the stickers onto your car as well, so you don't have to do it and presumably they put them on nice and straight?

Wow, if this is what you get they'd better be very nice stickers.

Re: Meta Parody? (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793631)

Any room for a consumerist Meta-Comment here? Buy the car sans package, buy your own $50 stickers courtesy of Hasbro, do it yourself, and dare anyone to call you a poser? Then when the fad is over you can remove the stickers and be back to the stock model.

Sounds cool . . . (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793177)

But does the radio work properly?

In related news (3, Funny)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793311)

In related news it is alleged that Nissan will do a pokemon rice job on the Z370. It will however be $100 cheaper.

WTF! Are xformers so geeky that they a Chevy deserves an article on /.? Sure, car crisis and shit. But hey!
When the original series was aired I used to take the piss at xformers --con and -tron and all with an all American deep voice. Cars transforming into robots, both goodies and baddies.

How lame can you get? What's the next level of unlikeliness? Oh shithe that 'll be Tolkien of which hoards of devotees are on /. I see and smell my karma burning....

Get A Nice Green One With A Rear Spoiler... (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793491)

...then when you get bored pretending that you are piloting a vehicle-morphing robot, you can pretend you are Virgil Tracy rushing to the scene of a huge disaster in Thunderbird 2.

Thus you will keep your options open despite having a tiny penis.

Meh (1)

anarkavre (904651) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793567)

Call me when it actually transforms.

Decepticons are among us... (1)

bagsta (1562275) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793573)

I hope not to find Megatron [wikipedia.org] in your way...

this licks... (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793603)

a day late and a dollar short GM is coming up with this bullshit? the specs on this are the ones from the first movie (no longer marketed/marketable) and its basically (as parents have said) just the camaro with stickers.
I already know a guy who added decepticon logos to his mustang, which was damned cool at the time, but for a production car company to not keep up with hollywood is somewhat unheard of.
in ghost in the shell, nissan used it as a chance to showcase their newest SUV with the plate number "san ku ni san." youd better believe people could walk out of a theatre and buy one that day.
BMW rolled an entire series of short films staring cars that yes, you could buy and drive just like in the movies. James Bond had been doing this for years with the jag brand. hell, even national lampoons vegas vacation cashed in on EXISTING brands that could be sold to the public (hummer, corvette, etc...)

point to make: ball dropped GM. you offered a car to the public that DID NOT EXIST in production until TWO SOLID years from the movies release date. no one wants the old car from the old movie as is even hinted in TFA.

to be fair though, good job on bringing the safety of the vehicle up to a competitive level. and good job increasing the stock vehicles fuel efficiency. although realistically anyone buying this car wants muscle, not a sticker-clad gas sipper i think.

I bought these and it worked (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793611)

I put these on and at the first gas stop Megan Fox got into my car.

She told me how life sucks and how she prefers lesbian strippers, and then got out. But for three seconds there...

News for people that even nerds think are sad (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28793637)

and have too much spare money.

stupid movie (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793665)

i did not like the first transformers movie changed channels on the TV after a few minutes, and i wont bother to watch the second one either. machine technology has made some great strides but i think the transformers idea is just beyond the sci/fi to reality scope of possibilities...

nice chevy, yellow is not my favorite color for a car, i would prefer plain white for a light color or dark metallic blue for a dark colored car would suit me, and lose the stripes - stripes and other flashy crap are for teenagers and older men suffering a mid-life crisis.

STEAL ME. (2, Funny)

Civil_Disobedient (261825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28793677)

Those Autobot fender badges are going to get stolen faster than a Chic bass line.

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