Agent Orange goes berserk: Chev Camaro SS Convertible
In the week I wrote this piece, I'd been armed with a special Jeep Wrangler. Okay, that's an unjustified gush. The thing was not in the least bit extraordinary.
Rather it was a downright distasteful project.
Littered with all kinds of body stickers that ranged from a flurry of mock bullet holes on its flanks; and half a black skull with machine guns running through it, while mock camouflage in luminous green gave meaning to this Wrangler's seven-slat grille.
Bold lettering that spelled out CALL of DUTY MW3 and a tiny XBOX 360 sticker gave away its purpose as a marketing donkey for a gaming console software. While I found it deeply embarrassing, I was quite amused at how it evoked varied responses. The adults were visibly shocked while the laaities took to it favourably.
I spent the entire week shooting an imaginary AK-47 at numerous cars.
This brings me to our pimp car for the week: this Chev Camaro SS Convertible, by Geiger Cars, a tuning company based in Munich, Germany. By now you have obviously been arrested, or affronted, by the eye-popping colour scheme. I am a zany-colour kind of guy too.
I'm deeply attracted to car paint that's inspired by cartoon characters such as a Kermit Frog green Porsche 911 GT3 or a Tweety Bird yellow Lamborghini Murcielago.
But there are limitations and a fully orange set of wheels is where I draw the line.
The Camaro is undeniably cool metal and although GMSA doesn't offer it for sale in this country, there are people who can get one down here for you (hint: ask around Sandton).
Made famous by the Transformer movies, the Camaro SS drop-top is the all-new American pin-up model and also became that country's most pimped car after the Chrysler 300C.
Geiger produces a body kit that includes a chin spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and a rear wing. This Camaro falls into the muscle car category and, as such, the company adds a supercharger for the 6.2-litre standard engine, which dials up punch to 418kW and 779Nm.
I'd love to know how fast it parts the atmosphere but evidently it's better suited to cruising and leaving behind shock and awe, like that MW3 Wrangler.
I'd have to be smoking a particular brand of socks to endorse what Geiger has done to the wheels.
But then again, there are individuals to whom this sort of extravagance is art, of the pulp fiction kind, that is. I'd say get the black and orange paint going but leave the wheels alone.