2014 SLP Panther Camaro: It's Good, Real Good
January 13, 2014
Shocking news alert of the day: I love driving this SLP Panther Camaro. Not sure how anyone could not get a kick out of driving this 600-horsepower beast, but I guess it's possible.
And I agree with some previous editors who noted this SLP is totally livable as a daily driver.
In truth, I had my doubts.
Not that long ago we tested a supercharged 2013 SLP Tahoe. Quick? You better believe it, 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. But it made the most god-awful screeching racket (and it wasn't tires) as it went down our drag strip.
I never found out what, if anything, was wrong with it. Regardless, it left a bad impression on me.
Unwarranted, at least in terms of this SLP Panther Camaro. It's not obnoxious at all. It has an invigorating bark on start-up, but the exhaust is just loud enough to excite without waking up the entire neighborhood. And it doesn't suffocate you with supercharger whine at full throttle, either.
In most driving you barely notice the re-worked suspension. It's only when you hit an oversize bump at freeway speeds that things get truly bouncy.
Overall, this is an impressive (and yes, crazy-fast) piece. I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time in it.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 2,466 miles