Slick Shifter - 2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test
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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Slick Shifter

April 28, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Although modern automated clutch manual transmissions with their paddle shifters are pretty slick (see Porsche PDK), I'm still a three-pedal man. I'll gladly give up a few tenths in the quarter for the more satisfying, more engaging experience that grabbing gears in a true manual tranny brings.

And this 2014 SLP-tuned Chevrolet Camaro has a pretty good setup. Although the pedals may not be perfect for heel-toe downshifts, the clutch has a well-weighted and fairly linear action, making smooth take-offs as well as rapid-fire changes a breeze. The shifter is appropriately meaty and its solid mechanical action says muscle car in all the right ways. Its short throws engage each gear with a subtle, satisfying click and rifle-bolt precision. Kinda reminds me of the Hurst shifter I had back in the day in my '70 Chevelle SS396, only with a few decades worth of refinement thrown in.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 7,882 miles


Comments

  • speednet speednet Posts:

    John, how does the shifter compare to the Stingray?

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Amen.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I agree with @speednet, I'd like to know that as well. Its nice that there are still SOME options for manual transmissions today - I wouldn't be surprised to see that its not even an option in 20 years.

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    All performance sports cars MUST have a manual transmission ONLY.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    i really want to see a hot lap between the slp, the 1LE, and the ZL1

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