Video: New Camaro Playing Sweet V8-Powered Music On Main Street

No, you didn't read that wrong. Our sources tell us those idling sounds you hear in the above video received anonymously from one of our tipsters (who we're still waiting for an e-mail back from!) aren't coming from a plain-Jane direct-inject 3.6-liter V6 engine. Nope, apparently the new Chevy Camaro painted hot rod red shown to journalists in Metro Detroit last night had either the big 6.2-liter LS3 V8 and its whopping 422 HP. That's enough power to take the Camaro SS around Germany's famed Nurburgring with a time of 8:20. How do we know it was the LS3 and not the new Active Fuel Managed L99 V8 with the same displacement? Well, this particular Camaro's got a manual transmission. So yes friends, this is the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS — dressed up as a 2010 Chevy Camaro RS. Yeah baby, it's a sleeper! Nice. Also, see if you can spot Jalopnik's fearless leader for some bonus points.

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Rob Emslie

@Mike the Dog: I remember a funny story from Road & Track; They were testing a new Wasserboxer Vanagon, and took it in to get gas. This was back in the day when somebody at the station would pump the gas for you, and they told the attendant to "fill 'er up.

While he was doing that they got out of the car, walked around back, and discovered that the attendant had pulled the license plate flap down, unscrewed the oil fill and was happily pumping 89 octane into the crankcase. I can imagine him holding a brick and asking if they wanted him to clean the windshield.