2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Start It Up, Smile, Repeat
March 19, 2014
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