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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.

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Climate Control Fritziness Strikes Again

April 8, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Turns out the electrical gremlin that recently plagued the 2014 SLP Panther Camaro was more than a one-time oddity.

Because it fritzed-out on my watch, too.

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Domesticated

February 19, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

I don't know about you, but it's not every day that I get to drive a 600-horsepower vehicle like our long-term 2014 SLP Panther Camaro. It is a wild beast that has more power than any human would ever need. So, what's the first thing I did when I got behind the wheel? I went to Target.

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Climate Control Knobs

February 03, 2014

 SLP Panther Camaro

Chalk the following up under "not a huge issue when you're driving a 600-horsepower muscle car," but I don't like the way the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro's climate control knobs work.

While the knobs are nice and large, and have a grippy surface, they also have super-mushy, undefined detents. So it's easy to move the fan speed or temperature knob 1 1/2 or 2 clicks when you're just trying to go one.

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Center Console Quality

January 29, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

I had just finished the instrumented testing on our long-term 2014 SLP Panther Camaro, and was pulling the Racelogic Vbox's power cord from the car's outlet, and this happened...

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Broken Seat Adjuster

January 28, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

I don't know on whose watch this occurred, but the passenger-side power seatback adjuster is broken on our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro.

The power operation still works, but the lever's cover has gone missing in action.

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Heavy Doors, Good Side-Impact Crash Test Rating

January 8, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

"I like these doors. They feel like they would hold up if we got t-boned."

That was my friend Albert's first observation when we got into the long-term 2014 SLP Panther Camaro. (I believe his second observation had something to do with how good the supercharged V8 sounds as it roars to life.) Anyway, it turns out Albert is right.

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: It's Got a Big Cupholder

December 20, 2013

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Unless you've got supervillain-style plans to turn the world backward on its rotational access, 600 horsepower isn't extremely practical. If you've got a heavy right foot, worn out rear tires will stack up quickly and your wallet won't thank you for it later. It's entertaining to be able to light up the tires at nearly any speed, but it isn't entirely pragmatic. The cupholder in our long-term 2014 SLP Panther Camaro is a different story.

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: MyLink Integration Mostly Works

December 18, 2013

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Chevrolet made its MyLink audio-navigation interface available in the Camaro for the 2013 model year, but our long-term 2014 SLP Panther 600 is my first exposure to it. Considering that this is an Australian car that wasn't originally designed to accommodate a modern infotainment system, the integration of MyLink is pretty seamless.

Entering destinations into the navigation system is easy, whether I type them in or use the voice control. Even better, I haven't found the system excessively slow to process commands or prone to glitches. It works as well as the MyLink in our Corvette Stingray.

However, MyLink doesn't perfectly integrate with the Camaro's existing controls. Take the fan speed dial, for example.

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in VA is:

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