Start It Up, Smile, Repeat - 2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test
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2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Start It Up, Smile, Repeat

March 19, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Imagine a scruffy football coach on the sideline of a midwinter playoff game. He's a large man, at least 6-foot-8 and in his playing days he ate a steady diet of pizza and double-decker cheeseburgers. His team wins the season-extending game by the slimmest of possible margins, and in celebration they splash him with the ice-filled bucket of Gatorade.

The field is frozen tundra, and now he's soaked in an orange, sugary beverage. Like a dog getting out of the bath, the coach vigorously shakes off the bitter cold amidst a series of grumbles, mumbles, grunts and growls. That guttural sound is what the exhaust on the 2014 SLP Panther sounds like.

Monday mornings you'll typically find five or six Edmunds.com editors standing around at the local car wash, discussing what we've driven over the weekend. We normally bide our time and wait for our number to be called, but when the car wash porter started the SLP Panther to wash it, all our heads turned and a little smile appeared on my face. Grrr, roar, snarl, smile.

He started the car again after it had been hosed down. While running a couple of errands that morning, I started it up at least four more times and every startup was as spine-tingling as the last. A big part of car ownership is about the way a car makes you feel. And this Panther makes me genuinely happy every time I turn the key.

Travis Langness (@TravisLangness), Associate Editor @ 5,480 miles


Comments

  • cwc1 cwc1 Posts:

    There's just something awesome about the sound of a powerful American V8 starting up that I've always loved. Even the starter sounds enticing. GM and particularly Chevrolet have had this formula down for decades.

  • "Monday mornings you'll typically find five or six Edmunds.com editors standing around at the local car wash, discussing what we've driven over the weekend." - - - That sounds like something that should somehow end up online here. Call it the Monday Morning Edmunds Car Wash. Just let me know where my new office is so I can start producing the segment.

  • " A big part of car ownership is about the way a car makes you feel. And this Panther makes me genuinely happy every time I turn the key. " - - - There really is something great about finding the car that, for whatever reason, makes you smile.

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