2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Rev Limiter Blues
May 23, 2014
As much as I love our long-term 2014 SLP Panther Camaro, no car is perfect.
The Panther's flaw is its rev limiter. I hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it.
After living with this Camaro for six months and nearly 10,000 miles, its rev limiter is the only thing about this fine machine that doesn't hit me square between the eyes with lust, and it's the only thing I would change about the car.
It isn't even a rev limiter. It's a hard fuel cut-off. Bang the motor into it and it shuts off like right now. It's like driving the car into a wall.
Of course, I think the engine needs some protection from overrevving, but I've driven many LS-powered cars over the years, from Pontiac GTOs to Camaros and Corvettes including more than a few supercharged examples like ZL1s, ZR1s and Callaways. I don't remember any of them having such an abrupt limiter.
When overrevved those cars spit and sputter. They sort of ask you for the next gear. But the Panther shuts you down. Hard. SLP says this is by design. Despite keeping the rev ceiling at the factory spec 6,600 rpm, the company's engineers have reprogrammed the fuel cutoff for the more aggressive feel.
If you ask me, they should change it back. That is all.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 9,453 miles