Across numerous reviews I read, the question regarding Cybertron Downshift's vehicle mode popped up quite frequently. Many people believed having identified the inspiration behind the vehicle, and yet it seemed that everyone cited a different model. I've decided to check into this and compared the various suggestions. I'm presenting my results in this thread, together with comparison photos. All photos of Cybertron Downshift are lifted off Seibertron.com and BWTF.com. So Ryan and Ben - please don't sue me for stealing your pics. Photos of real-life cars have been taken from various websites. By far the best source for a first overview on the various models was Musclecarclub.com. So, what's the story with Downshift? Unlike, for example, Cybertron Hot Shot, Crosswise or Red Alert, who are clearly based on a Chrysler ME 412, a Bugatti Veyron and a Dodge Magnum, respectively, Downshift's vehicle mode is an homage to 1970s muscle cars in general, using elements from various different models. Interestingly enough, many elements found on Downshift aren't specific to one particular model, but rather shared between various different cars. It's possible that this might be HasTak's way of avoiding legal trouble - even if one of the car manufacturers in question might still claim property rights to the design of a car model that's been out of production for several decades, HasTak could just insist that the design feature in question was shared between different manufacturers, and thus isn't the property of one single company. Another possibility is that the use of "shared" design elements was just intended to make the vehicle mode a broader homage to 1970s muscle cars rather than just to a specific model. Anyway... without any further ado, on to the models. The front end Ben Yee suggests that the characteristic "W" shape is based on a 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d...t_models/downshift_chevrolet_monte_carlo1.jpg Sounds quite plausible... unless you know that that design feature can also be found on a Ford Gran Torino (as featured in the popular TV show "Starsky & Hutch"). http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d...nshift_models/downshift_ford_gran_torino1.jpg As you can see, the two models are quite similar, and Downshift basically uses a shared design feature. The color scheme and the hood The lime green color with a black hood and black stripes is one of the primary color schemes of the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A (called "sublime"). http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d...nshift_models/downshift_dodge_challenger1.jpg However, it's also a famous color scheme of the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda AAR. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d...hift_models/downshift_plymouth_barracuda1.jpg Also note the shaped vents in the hood, another feature shared between the Challenger and the 'Cuda (although the Challenger's hood vents are closer to the Downshift toy). The exposed engine, meanwhile, appears to be the fabrication of the imagination of Hasbro and Takara's designers, although I won't rule out that this is a design element of yet another muscle car model which I haven't been pointed out the identity of yet. The rear end The rear end of Downshift's vehicle mode is where Hasbro and Takara's designers have apparently taken the biggest liberties. Ben Yee suggests that the rear end is once again based on the Dodge Challenger. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d...nshift_models/downshift_dodge_challenger2.jpg But then, other than the overall shape, there aren't actually that many similarities. Also, if we compare this to the Plymouth Barracuda, we see some more vague similarities, but nothing that clearly seems to be based on anything in particular. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d...hift_models/downshift_plymouth_barracuda2.jpg So, is that it? Or did anyone else think there are elements that are based on yet another car which I overlooked?