There's an old adage about a dog's bark being worse than his bite, but what if it were the other way around? Such was the case with our 2010 Chevy Camaro SS. We have a supercharged LS3 underhood, but at idle it was barely louder than a Toyota Camry. Mustangs making hundreds of less horsepower sounded like Pro Stockers next to our barely audible Camaro.
Even when we mashed our throttle, the sweet LS3 music trying to emanate from the stock mufflers was stifled and over restrained. We didn't want quiet; we wanted the damn car to sound like a muscle car should. The solution was to call up the folks over at JBA and see what they had cooking. At that time, they were just getting ready to introduce a selection of exhaust goodies to help make new Camaros sound the way God intended: raucous and proud.
Of course we didn't necessarily want our ears to bleed from the noise, so we were happy to find out that JBA had tuned the system to let just the right amount of engine rumblings through to the tailpipes. They also constructed the system so it would be easy to install and not tick off California's smog police. To test out the former claim, we grabbed one of their prototype systems and headed to our tech center for the installation.