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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Comprehensive Set of Gauges

February 11, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

The 2014 SLP Panther Camaro isn't afraid to tell you how it's feeling. There are the usual gauges in the gauge cluster, of course, plus the four accessory gauges ahead of the shifter (engine oil pressure, engine oil temperature, transmission oil temperature and volts), the configurable display in the gauge cluster (trip computer plus many other features), and the heads-up display that can be used to show speed, rpm and other vehicle aspects.

From a performance vehicle standpoint, I enjoy having this much information available.

The main reason I'd be looking at the gauges would be if I were participating in a high performance event, whether it was drag racing, road racing or autocross. The view of the accessory gauges is still partially blocked by the climate control knobs, something that has been an issue for the latest generation Camaro since day one. But I'm still glad they're there.

For a modern car just driven on the street, it'd be very unlikely you'd ever be looking at this information unless something's gone terribly wrong. That said, you can still use the Camaro's gauges to give you an indication for when the car is fully warmed up and really for maximum acceleration.

A couple of recent long-term performance cars stand out in my mind for offering a feature that indicates when their powertrains aren't ideally warmed up enough for maximum rpm. On our Corvette Stingray, it's the adjustable cold-engine redline. And on our departed Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, it was an operating temperature display.

On the Panther Camaro, you can accomplish the same thing by looking at the bottom two gauges in the accessory gauge pack (engine oil and transmission temperature). For my photo, I brought up the coolant display (there's also the regular coolant temperature gauge as well). Unlike the Corvette or SLS, there's no actual indicator for what temperatures are "OK" to fully let it rip. But if you set the configurable display to engine oil temperature, there is a specific operating range that's highlighted by two yellow lines.

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,702 miles

Comments

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    I always thought GM did a good job with gauges, at least in their performance-oriented vehicles. I'm often surprised when newer cars don't have some of the gauges and readouts I have in my 05 CTS-V. For example, GM has had oil life monitoring systems since 1988. Transmission life monitoring since at least the early 2000s. 4 wheel tire pressure readout (1997 C5). The 1987 C4 introduced a system that told you when a tire dropped below 25psi, which is exactly as fancy as some of these modern systems that don't read out PSI. In 1987. In my CTS-V, there's a dot matrix display within the speedo that I can configure for coolant temp, oil temp, transmission temp (yes on a manual), oil pressure, a readout of all 4 tire pressures, and of course the G-meter. When playing on The Dragon, the two most used settings were oil temp and tire pressure. I would occasionally sift through and make sure everything else was ok...lots of bonging for high tire pressure (hot tires). My 93 Caprice 9C1 has a full set of gauges (tach, oil pressure, volts, temp, fuel, digital speedo) and none of them are dummies. Same with my 95 Z28. Maybe I just buy cars with good gauges...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    All I want for a early Christmas is a full set of working gauges digital or analog.

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