Although most of us agree that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is awesome enough as it is, some tuning companies would rather slap their visual and output-increasing upgrades to the naturally aspirated muscle car. Renowned GM tuners Callaway Cars and Hennessey Performance have already done it with fantastic results, but it seems the list of shops looking to soup-up the Z/28’s 7.0-liter, V-8 engine up keeps getting bigger.
The latest company to join the pack is Geiger Cars, a German shop known for tuning American cars since 1979. Cadillacs, Chevys, Ford s or Dodge s, you name it. Geiger Cars doesn’t care about Detroit’s silly wars. If its American, the tuner will modify it, and stuff extra ponies and torque under the hood. Although the Camaro Z/28 is already sold out for the year, Geiger managed to get its hands on the track-prepped muscle car to add some magic to that brilliant engine we all love to hear.
If you live in Europe and you were worried about not having a shot at buying a Z/28, then you’d better read on and get ready to pay the folks over at Geiger Cars a visit.
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Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 By Geiger Cars in detail
Unlike Hennessey and Callaway, Geiger left the Camaro’s interior and exterior unchanged. At least that’s what were getting from the photos and the company’s brief press release, which makes no mention of such updates. No badging, no custom side sills or floor mats, nothing. Aside from the Geiger Cars graphics on the fender, this Z/28 is as stock as it gets.
Things change dramatically under the hood, though, where the Germans added an extra 106 horsepower and 53 pound-feet of torque to the already powerful engine. The unit now churns 611 ponies and 534 pound-feet of twist, which translates into significant performance improvements. Unfortunately, Geiger declined to release details surrounding this output increase or actual acceleration figures, but expect some forced induction device to be responsible for the upgrade.
Although specifics are scant, Geiger Cars says the update is already available to purchase. The Germans ask a whopping €13,000 ($17,435 as of 08/08/2015) for the package and claim they have the 2014 Camaro Z/28 in stock. There’s no mentioning on how many coupes are actually available or of the full sticker with the car included, but we suggest you contact Geiger for further information.
With a circuit time of 7:37 minutes on the northern loop of the Nürburgring, Zuffenhausen got a new competitor, who should by no means be lightly dismissed. On the 20.8 kilometres stretch through the Green Hell that makes up the circuit, the car is about seven seconds faster than the current Porsche 911 S and so seamlessly joins the series of successes of the legendary Z/28 models that have been making history since 1967.
Mainly responsible for the superior performance of the new Camaro Z/28 is the sumptuous seven-litre V8 heart with dry sump lubrication. Thank to titanium inlet valves, aluminium cylinder heads and new high-lift camshafts, the optimised LS7 power train straps a taut 507 HP and a mighty 637 newton metre torque on the drive shaft. A Tremec 6-speed gear shift mechanism, a K&N cold air intake air filter and an optimised body aerodynamics allow for an extremely superior performance apportioning as well as highly efficient cooling and stability during prolonged high-speed runs.
But what is the benefit of the most powerful pump of the casing wraps with overweight around the engine? Weight reduction that is consequently aimed at boosting performance was, therefore, top of the list when developing the Camaro Z/28. By forgoing on a luxuries radio, electrical seat adjustment and automatic air-conditioning (only on request), the developers were impressively consistent in putting the performance of the vehicle in the limelight. Side windows that are 0.2 millimetres thinner, special Recaro seats and completely dispensing with lining in the boot made it possible to reduce the weight by an impressive 136 kilos, compared to the hitherto top model ZL1.
In this combination it ought to be mentioned that almost 20 kilogrammes could be saved by using 19 inch light metal rims.
High-performance engine and efficient weight reduction: The driving dynamical coexistence resulting from those components culminates at 1.05 G lateral acceleration and permanently available 1.5 G deceleration. The latter value is possible, because of the six plunger resp. four plunger ceramic carbon brakes from Brembo that, together with the specially by Pirelli developed semi slicks (Trofeo), attach themselves almost like chewing gum to the tarmac and are equally connected to the rear and front axles in the format 305/30.
To justify the claim of a real "Track Day" vehicle, the Camaro Z/28 has exclusive access to the Magnetic Ride Performance power train known from the Corvette C7 and to the adjustable "Performance Traction Management" (PTM) stability control with five settings, which has been specifically developed and tuned for the race track.
And for those that are absolutely insatiable, Geigercars has a further card up its sleeve: the "Geiger Camaro Z/28".
Behind that names hides a performance kit that has been developed and specially tuned by the engineering team around Karl Geiger, with an increase to 620 HP at 6,500 revolutions and 725 newton metres at 5,600 rotations. The all-in price for engine conversion is 13,000 euros, incl. VAT at 19 %.
Geigercars have the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 in stock and it can be delivered immediately. The conversion time for a newly ordered "Geiger Camaro Z/28" is approximately two days.