2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Just the Right Amount of Bonkers
January 21, 2014
I'll be the first to admit I had my reservations about our 2014 SLP Panther Camaro. I was tasked with driving it off the SEMA show floor in Las Vegas and back to L.A. In my head, it would have far too much power, too little gearing and a suspension that rivals a shopping cart.
Boy, was I wrong.
First off, the power is very manageable. Things only get ridiculous with a deliberate stab of the pedal. The gearing is pretty much dead-on, too, with just enough snap to have fun while not being so aggressive that it's revving unnecessarily high on the highway. The suspension is pretty exceptional as well, balancing enough stiffness for cornering without being harsh.
And the sound...oh...the sound.
From the driver seat with the windows up, it doesn't sound obnoxious at all. You can even hear the faint whine of the supercharger. Roll down the window and romp on the throttle, though, and you get this glorious cacophony of a mechanical roar. Dump the throttle and you're treated to a beastly snarl and crackle overrun.
Unfortunately, it's still subject to the Camaro's main drawback, which is a lack of all-around visibility, but it's certainly more tolerable when you have that kind of performance on tap.
Basically, the SLP Panther is filling the void that our departed Mustang GT and SLS AMG left in my chest.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 2,670 miles