2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Slick Shifter
April 28, 2014
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.
And this 2014 SLP-tuned Chevrolet Camaro has a pretty good setup. Although the pedals may not be perfect for heel-toe downshifts, the clutch has a well-weighted and fairly linear action, making smooth take-offs as well as rapid-fire changes a breeze. The shifter is appropriately meaty and its solid mechanical action says muscle car in all the right ways. Its short throws engage each gear with a subtle, satisfying click and rifle-bolt precision. Kinda reminds me of the Hurst shifter I had back in the day in my '70 Chevelle SS396, only with a few decades worth of refinement thrown in.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 7,882 miles