2014 SLP Panther Camaro: The "Bro" Magnet
February 13, 2014
The current-generation Camaro has been out since 2010. Chevy sells tens of thousands of them each year (80,567 sold in 2013, in fact) . They're pretty common as muscle cars go, and many have been modified by their owners. So I thought that our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro would largely blend in with all the other Camaros out there. Right? Wrong. Well, I was wrong. I've had more guys comment or come up to me than anything else in recent memory.
I've given our Panther a nickname: The Bro Magnet.
First, there was the skinny teen who approached me as I was walking up to the Panther parked outside my gym. "Dude, bro, that car is sick!" was the first thing he said. He told me his BMW M6-owning dad was going to buy him a car soon and the Panther would be perfect. Six hundred horsepower and the teenage mindset of invincibility seems like a bad combination to me, but who am I to say?
There was the little kid sitting in the back of his mom's Mercedes ML-Class as we were driving along. His head barely peeked up above the door. But his blue eyes were focused on the Panther for about a mile. Finally, I decided to show off a little by downshifting and delivering a quick burst of acceleration and V8 basso profondo. My eight-year-old self would have loved that.
My next-door neighbor came by one afternoon with his wife in tow. I've had all sorts of cool stuff parked in my driveway. This is the first car that he actually rang my doorbell for. He wanted to know all about what an SLP Panther was and how it compared to a ZL1. I gave him a quick "demonstration" ride around our neighborhood area. He seemed fairly reserved at the time, but later I learned from his wife that he spent the rest of his afternoon researching Camaros and SLP online. I'm guessing he found the Panther a lot cooler than his Honda Civic coupe.
Then there were the guys at the hand car wash. I'm rolling through the wash in the Panther, suds all over the car. I can hear them chattering about the Panther as they're washing it. Finally, one of the guys motions for me to lower my window to talk. While we're in the car wash, mind you. He wants to hear me rev the V8.
Sure, happy to oblige, bro.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,915 miles