Street Legal Performance (SLP) is a name familiar with most pony car fans. The New Jersey based tuning shop was established in 1987 and earned its rights in the tuning world by building the first 50-state emissions legal tuning package for Camaros and Firebirds. They are still at it today, producing some of the most well-rounded tuning packages for all types of late model muscle cars.
Last month, the lucky people at Edmunds.com picked up a 2014 SLP Panther (not pictured), which is based off the facelifted 2014 Camaro SS, for their latest long-term test vehicle right off the SEMA show floor. Edmunds has tested SLP vehicles before, but their planning on keeping this one for six months. Were jealous.
Edmunds’ SLP Panther started off life as a Camaro 2SS equipped with a six-speed manual, dual mode exhaust, the 1LE Performance package as well as the RS package, a navigation system, interior ambient lighting and cargo and floor mats. In total, the car rang in at $43, 390 from the dealer.
From there, SLP added a host of its own parts from there on out. A TVS 2300 supercharger assembly paired to SLP’s Blackwing cold air induction system, a Powerpac valvetrain upgrade and a Powerflo axle-back exhaust equate to a ZL1-shaming power output of 600 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. To help deal with all that grunt SLP also added its own suspension system, lowering the car a full inch in the front and 0.8 inches in the rear.
SLP wants $16, 760 for the Panther performance package, bringing the cars total to $60, 150. Edmunds long termer has some additional performance and aesthetic upgrades, bringing the total of their car to $67, 020.
So does a tuner car like this make sense as a daily driver? Only time will tell. You can check up on Edmunds long-term SLP Panther over on their long-term road test page.