2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Loving the Black and Gold

January 14, 2013

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

I get a huge kick out of driving the 2014 SLP Panther Camaro, for sure. But I also love its sinister styling, too.

Blame it on "Smokey and the Bandit," and that black and gold Pontiac Trans Am. Ever since I saw that movie I've been a fan of this color combo, especially when it's done tastefully like it is on this SLP Panther.

I think this is why I have a thing for the Midnight Special cruisers Yamaha produced in the 1980s. Yep, they're black and gold. And I still want one.

I'm certainly not the only one struck by the appearance of this SLP Panther. Thirty to fifty year-old dudes are drawn to it like moths to a porch light.

And while there's been much talk the last several years that younger folks don't care about cars anymore, I saw several kids/teens give this car second or third glances as it drove by.

Course, you never know if they're staring at the SLP Panther because of its throaty sounds, or its menacing looks. But the point is they were intrigued.

And that's cool.

Here's another cool thing about this SLP: While those 1976/1977-era "Smokey and the Bandit" Trans Ams only had something like 185-200 horsepower, depending on the engine, this SLP Panther Camaro has 600 horsepower. Six hundred.

That's a big 10-4, good buddy.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 2,576 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$179 per month*
* Explanation