A lime green CHEVROLET CAMARO
SS with a supercharged whine, aggressive bodykit, writing on the windshield, and the number 13 on its side would draw stares even in downtown Detroit. We're not in Detroit, though, or even the United States. This is downtown Munich, Germany, BMW's backyard, and half of the people staring at the Geiger Cars CHEVROLET CAMARO
SS think we're the coolest guys on Earth, while the other half think we're epic tools.
Europe is used to laughing at American cars. But the groundbreaking performance of the CHEVROLET CORVETTE
made a whole continent look again, and now the Mustang and CHEVROLET CAMARO
SS have won a healthy following on the other side of the pond. Karl Geiger's outfit used to make most of its money selling Hummers and Dodge Ram
s to the cowboy-boots-and-line-dancing brigade. But now the younger crowd, footballers, and others are snapping up the latest-generation pony cars as fast as they're imported.
Geiger doesn't just import U.S. muscle. It tunes it, too. This CHEVROLET CAMARO
SS comes with an Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger strapped to the LS3, pumping out some 560 horsepower through a new exhaust system that sounds like God is mad. The 6.2-liter V-8 finally has the bite to match its bark, and if the numbers quoted by Edelbrock are even close to accurate, this is a serious machine that could easily mix it up with the best the Germans have to offer - in a straight line, anyway.
Of course CHEVROLET SUBURBAN
Munich isn't really the place for us to test such theories, but we follow Geiger's man to a predetermined location, and he doesn't worry about such things. So we get a firsthand look of the CHEVROLET CAMARO
SS spiking violently sideways off each stoplight as massive 22-inch rear Pirelli P Zero Corsas try and fail to contain the 488 pound-feet of torque. That's more than the Mercedes and way more than the BMW, if you're counting.