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

Comments

  • pqlyur1 pqlyur1 Posts:

    Panther...Camaro...Panth...ro...Panthro! Seems like the car Panthro from the Thunder Cats would drive...

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    What's funny to me is how much better sorted this car appears to be (given that it's modified by an aftermarket tuning company) than the factory Mustang GT500. Then again, if they started with a 1LE, that's a recipe for success as the 1LE famously came within 0.9 seconds of the GT500 around the track at VIR in C&D's 2013 Lightning Lap. And they admitted they could have probably shaved off 1.5 seconds if they didn't botch a 3-2 downshift. Talk about over-achieving. Building on that, the result can't be bad, right?

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    And...that reply was meant as a response in the previous blog update. Oh well. My point stands.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    How would you feel about gold rims? Too much?

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Yeah, I'm getting tired of people saying kids aren't into cars anymore either. Look how many racing video games are sold and how many movies focus on cars. Maybe cars aren't affordable for the youth as they once were, but yeah, kids still love cars. They may just have to lust over ones they can't dream of owning, but that's not very new either is it?

  • I cant wait for black wheels to go out of stye....yuck

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