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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Jay Leno Likes It

December 19, 2013

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

If you spend enough time hanging out at the top of Mulholland Highway (a.k.a The Snake), you're bound to come across talk show host, Jay Leno. Whether he's driving his McLaren F1, cruising in his 1937 Bugatti Type C or riding on his turbine-powered-250-mph motorcycle, Jay is always motoring in something interesting.

Recently, I took our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro on a Sunday cruise, and just as I arrived at the Mulholland Lookout, Jay pulled up. He was in a large-displacement, forced-induction-powered automobile, too.

The Tank Car Jay pulled up in is powered by an 800-horsepower twin-turbo AV-1790-5B engine that originally lived in an M-47 Patton Tank. Sure, he's got more power, but the wheelbase on that thing probably kills the cornering ability.

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Each oil change calls for 17 gallons of oil and each of the Garrett turbochargers look like they would devour small children if the air filters weren't in the way. The Blastonlene-built Tank Car is long, loud, shiny and ostentatious, and everyone seemed to love it. The Panther went largely unnoticed until two late-model Camaro owners gave me the thumbs up on their way to meet Jay.

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Another local gearhead (and /DRIVE host) Matt Farah was also out enjoying the cool Southern California weather in his newly restored DMC Delorean.

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Matt and I spent a few minutes asking Jay about the car, pausing occasionally as he posed for photos with fans.

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

I took my own photo with Jay, thanked him for his time and hopped back in the SLP. Before I could pull away Jay leaned over at my driver-side window to ask about the Panther. He complimented the supercharged Camaro and suggested we connect our cars with a tow-rope and compete in a tug-of-war. There's a 200-horsepower gap between the two, but it would certainly be fun to watch. This modified Chevy has my seal of approval after my first weekend in it, and Jay Leno likes it, too.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in VA is:

$173 per month*
* Explanation
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