Feels Integrated and Harmonious - 2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Feels Integrated and Harmonious

February 5, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Along with many of my coworkers, I've been around various "tuner" cars over the years. More often than not, these cars looked great in car magazine features but were far less impressive in real life. Promised gains in performance never materialized, and abusive ride qualities and shoddy aftermarket parts integration were all too common. Sometimes, things just plain broke. Or blew up.

But our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro isn't like that.

Nearly everything about the SLP Panther feels right to me. The supercharged V8 is smooth and vice-free. The exhaust sounds awesome but isn't overdone. The ride quality is surprisingly pleasant. Details like the vented hood and branded head restraints seem like they belong. And, most importantly, the SLP truly does haul the mail. We'll have an update coming out soon about our performance testing, but basically the Panther delivers Camaro ZL1-like performance numbers.

So far, I'm very impressed.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,526 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Dear other tuners: suspension compliance isn't just about ride comfort, but also maintaining the tire's contact patch with the road. Signed, a guy who has seen way too many "tuned" cars nearly catch air over every minute bump in the pavement.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Car Magazine/Website Cliche #26: with any tuner car they test, they always have to have this statement about how ALL the tuner cars...except THIS one...exhibit these thrown-together characteristics. I have looked in vain for years for just ONE of those other tuner car tests where they say yeah - THIS car we're testing NOW, TODAY, is one of the thrown-together ones. Always good for a laugh.

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    stovt001, that's why I always get mad when Captain Slow claims Nurburgring testing ruins cars. Running fast on the Nurburgring requires a firm but compliant suspension. So it absorbs the big bumps but keeps the body motions damped. Exactly what the idea suspension is SUPPOSED to do.

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    *ideal suspension

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