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.
April 8, 2014
Because it fritzed-out on my watch, too.
February 19, 2014
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.
February 03, 2014
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.
January 29, 2014
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...
January 28, 2014
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.
January 8, 2014
"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.
December 20, 2013
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.
December 18, 2013
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.