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!"

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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