Last of the V8 Interceptors - 2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test
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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Last of the V8 Interceptors

February 20, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

One of my automotive desires when I was a bit younger was to own a replica of the V8 Interceptor (Pursuit Special) from the movies Mad Max and Mad Max: The Road Warrior. (OK, who am I kidding? I still think it would be a blast to own a replica.) Then I drove our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro. Forget Smokey and the Bandit or Transformers with this car. We just need to get a red accessory pull up knob for the shifter and an "MFP" rear license plate.

Yeah, the V8 Interceptor was a Ford. But otherwise this Panther is a fantastic stand in. There's the supercharged V8, of course. But it's also got the black paint, the black wheels and the sinister looks. And, when you stand on it, the Panther's shock-and-awe acceleration seems just like you'd think it would be in Max's V8 Interceptor.

As the mechanics said in the original film's introduction to the car, "You can shut the gate on this one, Maxie. It's the duck's guts!" "She's the last of the V8s...she sucks nitro...phase four heads! Six hundred horsepower through the wheels! She's meanness set to music and the bitch is born to run!"

1973 Ford XB Falcon

1973 Ford XB Falcon

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


Comments

  • Apparently, great minds think alike...except *my* plan was to get a black Challenger and put an MFP sticker on the back...|... I still resent the ignominious end that George Miller gave the V8 Interceptor in "The Road Warrior". Nitrous or not, Humungus' ridiculous open sled would not have been able to outmaneuver a Falcon...|...(It's possible I've thought about this too much.)

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