Exhaust Burble - 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Long-Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro Long Term Road Test

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Exhaust Burble

December 07, 2009

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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.

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