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Corvette Stingray Concept (aka Sideswipe from Transformers 2) Revealed

by Nick Aziz

General Motors announced the surprise debut of the Chevrolet Stingray Concept at the Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday. The car will appear in the forthcoming film "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen," as the vehicle mode of Autobot "Sideswipe."

Various images of the car leaked from the set of Transformers 2 onto the Web in 2008. In September, we asked former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz if the vehicles was meant to preview an eventual production car. "I would say that is in the realm of pure concept," he said. "At this point, there's zero intention to produce." It's not known if anything has changed since that interview.

That said, Mr. Lutz also told us the new Camaro began as a "pure concept" without production ambitions, so it's possible this Corvette has some kind of future. For now, though, the show car's purpose in life is to celebrate 100 years of motoring history at GM, and of course, fight evil as "Sideswipe" in Revenge of the Fallen. As always, reception will be an important factor in production consideration.

The Chevy Camaro will again have a staring role in the film, returning as "Bumblebee." Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Volt will join the team of Autobots, introducing a new character to the series named "Jolt." The Trax and Beat compact concepts will also appear in the film as "Skids" and "Mudflap."

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Corvette Stingray Concept