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by Sam Rawlings

The next instalment in the popular Transformers movie franchise is set to hit cinemas mid next year, which means the return of one its most popular characters, Bumblebee.

The new look of the Chevrolet Camaro-based Autobot was revealed by the film’s director, Michael Bay via Twitter last week.

The sixth generation of the popular muscle car has been facelifted for the new model year, so it’s only fair that its on-screen counterpart gets the same treatment.

While it still carries its familiar black and yellow paint job, Bumblebee will also get a few extra cosmetic additions for the film.

Headlining an aggressive aerodynamics package is a large rear wing and a tweaked front end, featuring a deeper front splitter and a modified air intake.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Above: The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro 

Fans of the film series will also notice the Autobot logo adorning Bumblebee’s front quarter panels.

No details have been offered on the car’s powertrain, though it’s likely the car will be powered by either the LT1 6.2-litre V8 engine found in the Camaro SS or the LT4 supercharged 6.2-litre V8 unit from the Camaro ZL1.

The Camaro has been a mainstay of the Transformers ensemble since the first film debuted in 2007. A deal with General Motors has seen a number of its products feature heavily in the franchise.

Chevrolet has benefited from its deal with the franchise in the past, experiencing a spike in sales following its appearance in the films. In 2009, Camaro sales rose from 60,000 units to 80,000 in 2010.

The fifth instalment in the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, is scheduled for release on June 23, 2017.

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