2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Exhaust Burble
December 07, 2009
On the overrun in our longterm 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, the exhaust note responds in a way that was probably intended to sound burly and burbly and old-school-y.
While I appreciate the effort to add some flavor to the experience, the end result is a hollow plip-plip-plap that doesn't quite sound right to my ears. In a word, it's feeble. The flip side is that it's not obtrusive, either, so there's no real drawback related to it.
I'm reminded of another recent sporty car that had carefully-crafted spice in its exhaust -- the original Dodge SRT4. With its pops and cracks, the little four-banger turbo did Sporty Car On The Overrun more convincingly than this Camaro. Perhaps a bit too convincingly, though, as the SRT4's constant exhaust enthusiasm could grow tiresome in prolonged stop and go driving.
There's a balance between character and annoyance to be had here. Striking it must give exhaust NVH engineers sleepless nights.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 9,198 miles.