Pedal Layout - 2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Pedal Layout

March 7, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Acceleration in our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro is thrilling. The exhaust roars and bellows through the gears while the supercharger whines all the way to redline. Deceleration is plenty exciting, too. It's a popping, burbling, snarling experience that makes the 10-year-old in me laugh with glee.

Unfortunately, due to the less than ideal design of the Camaro's pedal box, heel-and-toe downshifting is almost completely out of the question for me.

For starters, the brake pedal is mounted too high and too far away from the gas pedal. To make it worse, the gas pedal is smaller than I'd like, and it's also mounted too high. Because of this, rolling my foot off the brake pedal to blip the accelerator during a downshift isn't really possible. And while it isn't exactly related to heel-toe shifting, the gas pedal is inconveniently located directly next to the wide transmission tunnel too.

The SLP Panther is the kind of car I'd love to take on an occasional track day if I owned one, but this pedal setup would frustrate me around any circuit. Maybe I need bigger shoes or more practice with this setup. Or better yet, maybe SLP will make pedals someday.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor


  • mboily mboily Posts:

    Maybe I need bigger shoes or more practice with this setup? Yes you do.

  • mboily mboily Posts:

    The trick is to heel Sole the Brake while toeing the tip of Gas pedal. Since the bottom Gas pedal sits lower than the Brakes, use the Tip of the Gas pedal which is almost equal to the brakes. So it's basically the opposite of a standard heal-toe procedure. It took me a little while to master it but it works perfect now

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    Those pedals look kinda cheap for this car. Beefier/racier pedals would seem more appropriate.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "Or better yet, maybe SLP will make pedals someday." Be careful what you wish for - at least none of these Chevy pedals has fallen off onto the floor mat...yet.

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    For comparison, the 2013 Scion FR-S long term tester had better pedals. And that car was factorys-spec.

  • Just don't wear heels when driving a Camaro.

  • tlangness tlangness Posts:

    Correct @diigii, the Focus ST, FR-S and Corvette all have better setups. And 2/3 of those are much less expensive cars.

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