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Old 05-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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This morning I went to my local dealer and test drove a 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS. The car had 36,000 miles on it, only a couple thousand more than my V6, and after driving it around I was mostly disappointed in it. The car feels like it sits higher (it wasn't the seat level) and is heavier. The throttle was sluggish compared to my V6 and even though it is a faster and more powerful car I felt mine was quicker. I don't know if it was just me but my car has minimal performance mods as of now but I felt like at least that V8 in particular let me down. Not sure if it was just that car or what but based on that I would just keep my v6. Not much of an improvement.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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This morning I went to my local dealer and test drove a 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS. The car had 36,000 miles on it, only a couple thousand more than my V6, and after driving it around I was mostly disappointed in it. The car feels like it sits higher (it wasn't the seat level) and is heavier. The throttle was sluggish compared to my V6 and even though it is a faster and more powerful car I felt mine was quicker. I don't know if it was just me but my car has minimal performance mods as of now but I felt like at least that V8 in particular let me down. Not sure if it was just that car or what but based on that I would just keep my v6. Not much of an improvement.
It should ride lower stock vs stock v6. Possible it needs a fuse pull. Other than that no it's not a mind blowing difference in power feel but make no mistake it is faster in every aspect.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:08 PM   #3
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Based on Car and Driver's test, the L99's come in at 13.1 in the 1/4 and I've seen some low 12 sec cars with bolt ons. Car and Driver also tested a 2010 V6 and got 14.5 in the 1/4. Heads up, I would call that an a$$ kicking.. Like mentioned above, it is probably running on some bad gas.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:03 PM   #4
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Yeah that might have been it. I did my research last night and saw the time differences in the 1/4 and 0-60. I wanted the test drive the corvette they had there just for kicks but it was getting detailed.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:10 PM   #5
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So your saying your going to keep the v6?
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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Also, did you know about driving it in sport mode or not? It shifts and moves a lot faster than when in regular D.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:13 PM   #7
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I'm still uncertain, I know I won't be getting that V8 for sure, the interior wasn't kept very clean. Also I wouldn't mind going with the Inferno Orange or Synergy Green colors instead of the black I have now or the one at the dealership.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
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Also, did you know about driving it in sport mode or not? It shifts and moves a lot faster than when in regular D.
I did start the driving in D then switched to Sports Mode to see the difference. I also had the traction control off.
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Perhaps that one was beaten. If the interior isn't good, expect the same all the way around. Cheapo gas, dirty filter, mediocre oil.... Try out another!
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:26 PM   #10
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Perhaps that one was beaten. If the interior isn't good, expect the same all the way around. Cheapo gas, dirty filter, mediocre oil.... Try out another!
Sounds like what could have been the problem. I'll try another for sure!
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This morning I went to my local dealer and test drove a 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS. The car had 36,000 miles on it, only a couple thousand more than my V6, and after driving it around I was mostly disappointed in it. The car feels like it sits higher (it wasn't the seat level) and is heavier. The throttle was sluggish compared to my V6 and even though it is a faster and more powerful car I felt mine was quicker. I don't know if it was just me but my car has minimal performance mods as of now but I felt like at least that V8 in particular let me down. Not sure if it was just that car or what but based on that I would just keep my v6. Not much of an improvement.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:28 PM   #12
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That's what i originally thought when i first test drove an ss convertible coming from my 2lt.. Then i test drove a manual transmission ss with an cai and exhaust. i ended up walking out of the dealership mid oil change with my 2011 ss that had 900 miles on it. Those mods really opened the engine up and it was a whole different monster from when i initially test drove the ss!
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:44 PM   #13
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Go test drive a manual. Get in first gear and accelerate slowly to around 3500 - 4000 rpm and punch it. Let us know if it feels different. Or just tach it up and drop that mother...LS3 FTW
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Go test drive a manual. Get in first gear and accelerate slowly to around 3500 - 4000 rpm and punch it. Let us know if it feels different. Or just tach it up and drop that mother...LS3 FTW
Please. L99 In 1st off IDLE will take your lunch money. Thanks for the A6 input though. If we need more we will stop and wait for you.
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Just saying thats where the torque is in these engines so he would be able to feel the pull. Sorry to hurt your feelings. And I disagree with your statement on all accounts..Stock for stock you would be seeing rear lights.

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Just saying thats where the torque is in these engines so he would be able to feel the pull. Sorry to hurt your feelings. And I disagree with your statement on all accounts..Stock for stock you would be seeing rear lights.

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Umm , that's where the torque is in YOUR engine. VVT has a much bigger torque curve that starts well below yours. Believe what you will but stock for stock from a dig in 1st and your toast. The only thing that evens the two cars out is the big end on the LS3.
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VVT cannot replace displacement, I'd be surprised if the V6 made more torque than the 6.2 liter V8 at any RPM. The V8 may make more torque at 1,800 rpm than the V6 makes at peak.

Also, from an off idle roll to, say, 100 mph, I'd be surprised if the V8 auto beat the V8 manual, all else being equal. I think he would keep his lunch money.

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That's what i originally thought when i first test drove an ss convertible coming from my 2lt.. Then i test drove a manual transmission ss with an cai and exhaust. i ended up walking out of the dealership mid oil change with my 2011 ss that had 900 miles on it. Those mods really opened the engine up and it was a whole different monster from when i initially test drove the ss!
Maybe it is the lack of mods and I'm use to having mods on my car. With the Black Ice-Olator, Ported TB, CAI, and Exhaust it has really opened things up for me on my V6 that's opened things up. I'm in no way bashing the V8 and saying the V6 is better, I'm not an idiot, or anything like that. I'll have to try out another one and there are no manual transmission camaros in my small town so I'll probably head to Houston soon and test a one of each ove there.
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VVT cannot replace displacement, I'd be surprised if the V6 made more torque than the 6.2 liter V8 at any RPM. The V8 may make more torque at 1,800 rpm than the V6 makes at peak.

Also, from an off idle roll to, say, 100 mph, I'd be surprised if the V8 auto beat the V8 manual, all else being equal. I think he would keep his lunch money.

DAFUQ?? You are aware the A6 V8 has a VVT cam and is essentially the same 6.2L 376ci displacement engine right?
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That's why I wanna shove a VVT cam setup in my LS3!
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This morning I went to my local dealer and test drove a 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS. The car had 36,000 miles on it, only a couple thousand more than my V6, and after driving it around I was mostly disappointed in it. The car feels like it sits higher (it wasn't the seat level) and is heavier. The throttle was sluggish compared to my V6 and even though it is a faster and more powerful car I felt mine was quicker. I don't know if it was just me but my car has minimal performance mods as of now but I felt like at least that V8 in particular let me down. Not sure if it was just that car or what but based on that I would just keep my v6. Not much of an improvement.
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VVT cannot replace displacement, I'd be surprised if the V6 made more torque than the 6.2 liter V8 at any RPM. The V8 may make more torque at 1,800 rpm than the V6 makes at peak.

Also, from an off idle roll to, say, 100 mph, I'd be surprised if the V8 auto beat the V8 manual, all else being equal. I think he would keep his lunch money.
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Like mentioned above, it is probably running on some bad gas.
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