2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Liking the Six-Speed Manual

December 16, 2013

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Because it started life as a Camaro SS, our long-term 2014 SLP Panther 600 has a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. It's a familiar gearbox if you've driven any powerful, rear-wheel-drive car of American lineage. SLP enhances it with a short-throw shifter kit, and our Panther also has the company's optional heavy-duty clutch kit.

I've now driven our SLP Camaro in a variety of traffic conditions, and this is one of the better applications of the TR6060 I've experienced.

I wouldn't exactly call this transmission effortless in stop-and-go traffic, as the clutch is on the heavier side while the shifter has a weighty, mechanical feel as you work the gears. But it's not physically taxing, either. The clutch has a fairly well defined engagement point, and I do enjoy the shorter throws.

It also helps that SLP has gone ahead and removed the transmission's 1-4 skip-shift feature, saving me the trouble of going from 1st to 3rd when I'm loafing along in the city. And there's pleasure in loafing when traffic requires it: When you abruptly lift off the throttle while easing along in 2nd or 3rd, there's a satisfying bwa-bwa-bwa from the exhaust.

All that said, I'm truly smitten with our Corvette Stingray's TR6070 seven-speed manual (really nice clutch takeup, and it's a joy to run through the gears), and I'll be glad when this transmission makes its way to other American rear-drive cars.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 982 miles

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