More Than Meets The Ride: The 10 Dopest Cars In The Transformers Movies

With six different movies earning over $5 billion combined at the box office, the Transformers movies have certainly been a mainstream success. Whilst the films have come under some critical reviews from movie buffs, they are the perfect popcorn blockbuster films.

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For those who grew up in the '80s, the cartoon Transformers show likely played a vital part in your childhood, with the toy cars being incredibly popular. But the movies have taken the franchise to a totally new level, providing a realistic view of what they would actually look at.

Throughout the series, Michael Bay has used some incredible (and a few not so brilliant) cars to use in the movies, creating some incredibly iconic characters that will never be forgotten.

However, some cars have certainly been better than others, and within this list, we will take a look at the 10 dopest cars that have been used in the Transformers movies so far.

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10 Lamborghini Centenario (Hot Rod)

A new form for Hot Rod was introduced in the fifth movie where the incredibly limited Lamborghini Centenario (only 20 coupes and 20 roadsters were built) was shown to the world and the impressive car wowed audiences in their seats.

Considering that Hot Rod used to transform into a Citroen DS, this was a major upgrade for the character and helped make Hot Rod a lot more memorable than it previously was, putting its transformation on a level with other impressive cars in the film.

The Transformers franchise is known for featuring some incredible cars, therefore it wasn't really a surprise to see this change happen, and it certainly brought another amazing car to the series.

9 Western Star 5700 (Optimus Prime)

This is one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of the Transformers franchise as the Western Star 5700 is used to be the form of the Autobots leader, Optimus Prime, the ultimate hero throughout the franchise.

This is the new truck that Optimus was upgraded to in the latest two instalments of the franchise and the truck has gone down incredibly well, with sales of the vehicle apparently skyrocketing after appearing in the film.

Even those who haven't watched all of the films likely know what this truck is due to Optimus being on all of the posters, and because of how highly the character is featured, this was a great choice.

8 Saleen S281 (Barricade)

The Saleen S281 is used as the form for Barricade, with the Decepticon using the transformed Ford Mustang GT in the Transformers series, with Michael Boy opting to make it appear a little more aggressive.

The way that they achieved that was by adding a push bar and having the design be tweaked to that of a police car, as you can see in the image above. This car is a particularly interesting option in the film though as Decepticon's traditionally change into fighter jets or helicopters, not cars.

However, in the first movie the decision was made to use a police car, perhaps to take even the most dedicated Transformers fan by surprise, which it likely did.

7 Corvette Stingray Concept (Sideswipe)

Unlike every other car that is featured in the Transformers movies, the Corvette Stingray is the only concept car that is used, with the car still remaining a concept to this day, making it a very unique addition to the series.

The car was originally created as an exercise of design, rather than with the intention to actually be mass produced, but Michael Bay saw the car and loved it so much that he pushed for it to be involved in the movies.

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The Stingray concept is the form used by Sideswipe, which suits his character well as the car is so technologically advanced as Sideswipe uses it to get from point A to point B much quicker.

6 Pagani Huayra (Stinger)

Another great car that is used in the Transformers movies is the Pagani Huayra which is portrayed by the character, Stinger, who is originally considered a Decepticon, but is, in fact, a Transformer, as we learn in the film.

Stinger is created by humans and is inspired by Bumblebee, although the cars aren't really similar at all. Despite that, the car is still an incredible one that certainly fits into the world of Transformers well.

Even though the car is inspired by Bumblebee in the movie, the two Transformers end up fighting in the fourth instalment all around Hong Kong in what is a very fun scene, giving this awesome car plenty of screen time.

5 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray (Cross-Hairs)

Within the Transformers world, Cross-Hairs is the Autobots' weapons specialist and only reaffirms Michael Bay's relationship with GM as the Autobot is a Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray.

A green model with a spoiler was decided upon for Cross-Hairs which has been the car used for the character during each film, unlike other characters which have been chopped and changed at times.

The vehicle is a popular one for toy collectors, mainly because of how easily the car stands out, which was likely one of the big factors in deciding which car to use and it's fair to say they nailed this one.

4 Lamborghini Aventador (Lockdown)

Lockdown is the Decepticons bounty hunter and is one of the best characters in the franchise. Lockdown is incredibly ruthless and has the ability to upgrade himself by collecting different parts of cybertonians.

Like many cars have done throughout the films, Lockdown did change into the Lamborghini Aventador, but only from a different make of Lamborghini as it was originally a Murcielago.

The car looked fantastic on-screen and really suited the Lockdown character and with a max speed of 217.5 mph, it really is a vehicle that simply deserves to be part of the franchise.

3 Ferrari 458 Italia (Dino)

For a movie that involves so many cars, the Transformers franchise absolutely had to get at least one Ferrari in, didn't they? In the third movie, they did exactly that, with the Autobot named Mirage, also known as Dino being a Ferrari 458 Italia.

The car is a fitting choice for the Transformer considering the fact that Mirage has an Italian accent in the movie (likely done on purpose). With Mirage being able to scan into any car he wants, clearly, the speed was a major factor for this choice.

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Whilst it might not be the most realistic car to be avoiding the rubble of Chicago it certainly looked great on the silver screen, well done Michael Bay!

2 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse (Drift)

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is an incredible car and was used in the fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise for the character, Drift. Although this was switched for the fifth when Drift became a Mercedes AMG GT.

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Despite the decision to switch things, the vehicle is a tremendous one and has a very slick look with the blue and black colors. The car looked brilliant on-screen and many fans were disappointed it didn't return.

During an interview with USA Today, Mark Wahlberg revealed that the Bugatti was heavily protected during filming admitting that nobody was supposed to touch it, including himself.

1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Bumblebee)

Is there a more iconic car from the Transformers franchise than that of Bumblebee? As the main character (at least in terms of the cars themselves), the choice for Bumblebee had to be perfect and it's fair to say the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was a smart one.

The Camaro was chosen as the alternate mode of Bumblebee, which started out as a 1976 Camaro at the very start, made to be seen as something old for when Sam Witwicky bought the vehicle in the movie

Bumblee scans the fifth-gen Chevy later in the movie and upgrades itself, with the stylish modern and sleek look that people know and love today.

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