Hates Speed Bumps - 2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test
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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Hates Speed Bumps

May 26, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Just based on my introductory animal sciences courses, I'd have guessed that the main predators for a panther would be, in no order: Man, deforestation and very large snakes.

Turns out, however, that the natural enemy of the Panther Camaro is the speed bump.

Unlike previous Chevys from the last couple of decades, the issue isn't clearance. The SLP Panther makes it over the speed bumps just fine. No scraping. The problem isn't even the initial hit. That gets soaked up very well. The problem is with the rebound. Not sure what it is about speed bumps (and certain speed-bump-sized road imperfections that are prevalent around L.A.), but as soon as the wheel is done going up, it feels like it just freefalls down. KERTHUD! I've actually changed my route home to avoid certain bespeedbumped neighborhoods.

Compared to how well the SLP Panther rides, this is odd. But it's a small tradeoff for a car this capable, controllable and fun.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 9,495 miles

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