Trunk-Mount Battery The battery is mounted where the spare tire normally goes--in the trunk at the bottom of the spare tire well. This helps give the Camaro an near ideal 52/48 weight distribution. Chevy provides a positive power terminal under the hood for charging and jump starting, so unless you physically need to change the battery, you can access it from under the hood.
Console USB Port There's nothing new about MP3 compatibility. For years, you've been able to jack your iPod or MP3 player into most stereo systems with a simple 1/8-inch stereo phone jack. Some newer cars will even let you plug your iPod or MP3 player in through a USB port, so you can simultaneously play tunes while charging your player. The Camaro takes it a step further. You can load all your tunes on a simple USB flash drive--not an expensive player--and the Camaro's audio system will read the MP3 file right off the drive. USB flash drives are dirt cheap: a 1 gig jump drive--enough to hold about 20 CDs worth of material--costs about $7. Even better: the Camaro's USB port is out of the way in the back of the center console.
The V-6 Miracle In strict engineering terms, the 3.6L direct injection V-6 in the Camaro is the Immaculate Conception of powertrains. It makes 304 hp with two fewer cylinders than a GT Mustang's mill, and does it on 87 octane with an 11.3:1 compression ratio, while pulling down 29 mpg on the highway. The only reason tree huggers don't like it is that Chevy stuffed it in a car that looks too cool for them.
Humongous Quarter Stamping The Camaro's rear quarter-panel stamping is almost 10 feet long, and encompasses the rear quarter panel, the C-pillar, roofline, and A-pillar. It is the deepest stamping draw GM has ever attempted, and the stamping die was designed 113 times before it was finally right. (Stampings this complex often tear or wrinkle the metal long before it reaches its final shape, so this represents a technical and styling milestone.) The continuous panel eliminates many gaps and seams, creating one smooth, gorgeous body contour.
Trunk Lock There is no exterior lock cylinder for the trunk, not even hidden under the Chevy Bowtie emblem, so don't accidentally run your battery down. Your keyfob is the only way to enter the trunk from the outside. If you do run your battery down, you'll need to unlock the door manually, crawl in the back seat, flip down the seat back, reach into the trunk, and pull the emergency trunk release ripcord. You know, the glow-in-the-dark thing your kid gets to use when he misbehaves and you gotta stuff him in the trunk.
GM Performance Division The 2010 Camaro SS gets the coveted GM Performance Division badge under the hood, signifying that it was engineered and developed by an elite group of power-hungry speed demons in Warren, Michigan. The Camaro SS, however, will be the swan song for GMPD--the same people who rebuilt Project X--as the ber-division was officially disbanded in February, right after Detroit's execs were hauled in front of congress for their bailout hearings. Those who buy a 2010 Camaro SS will be getting a small piece of history right under the hood, attached to the radiator core support. These plaques will be collector's items sooner than we'd like.