2014 SLP Panther Camaro: This Car Makes Me Happy
December 26, 2013
This car makes me happy.
Those who know me know I have an affinity for black Camaros, like the 1969 SS427 my father and I just put together. Those that know me know I also have an affinity for black and gold cars, like the 1976 Pontiac Trans Am I've owned for about 15 years.
But there's so much more to like about the SLP Panther besides its color scheme and its monster performance. This is not just a toy like so many tuned performance cars. SLP manages to dial up the performance without destroying the cars drivability, usability and comfort. The Panther is easy to drive, even in the rain, and it doesn't beat you up when you're just cruising to work. You can hear its big V8, as you should, but it's not so loud that it's obnoxious. And the suspension is more compliant than the last Cadillac CTS Vsport I've driven. In fact, it rides much better than our long-term Porsche 911. Even the Panther's clutch is light enough to keep traffic jams from becoming left leg busters.
In other words, it's a real car, not just some burnout machine. You might even call it refined.
I'm looking forward to taking it on a road trip.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief