The brand new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has been on the market for a couple months now, and we’re finally getting some great tuner versions from…Germany? That’s right, the land of Beamer, Benz, Audi, and VW has produced one of the most desirable tuned muscle cars to date. The combination of German engineering precision with the raw power of American muscle is a heady mix. Now, the Geiger Camaro SS Kompressor isn’t quite as powerful as the completely mad Shelby Super Snake Mustang we looked at a few days ago, but the added suspension work on the Geiger just might make it a better muscle car overall.
Okay, since this is a muscle car, we are obligated by the car-lovers’ code to start with the power figures. The Geiger Camaro has the same 6.2-liter V8 under the hood that comes on the stock 2010 Camaro SS. The base version of this engine puts out an impressive 426 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, but this wasn’t enough for the German tuning firm. They attached a supercharger that brings the output to 568 horses and 590 (!) lb-ft of torque. The top speed is 195 mph. And, for those who are counting, that ties the current darling of the German sports car world, the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3. And, while no pricing has been announced for the Geiger Camaro, it is sure to come in under the GT3′s base price of $113,500.
Fast and powerful, the Geiger Camaro lives up to the muscle car promise, but it goes a step further. Geiger fitted their Camaro with coil-over suspension at the four corners and, in order to keep it flat through the corners, installed a series of adjustable large-diameter anti-roll bars at both the front and rear. Unlike the Shelby Super Snake Mustang mentioned before, the Geiger Camaro can go into a tight corner at speed and come out the other side in one piece (instead of breaking through a barrier and flying off a cliff).
The brake system further illustrates the German firm’s philosophy of “more is better.” The front discs are 380 mm and the rears are grooved 355 mm discs. In inches, that measures to 15 and 14 respectively. The six-piston brake calipers on the front and the 4-piston setup on the rears required that the already massive 20-inch wheels from the stock Camaro SS be replaced with 22-inchers. They probably could have used more modest 20-inch wheels without any clearance issues, but that wouldn’t be more than the original, would it?
Visually, Geiger doesn’t stray too far from the regular Camaro SS. Some of their previous tuning designs have strayed a bit from the original, but this one stays relatively true (except for those wheels of course). But, since the stock Camaro is already a pretty darn good-looking car, there won’t likely be any complaints on that front. The 2010 Geiger Camaro SS Kompressor was just announced a few days ago, so there isn’t a set release date or price yet, but you can be sure it’ll be one of the most appealing muscle cars on the market.