Back in the mid-1960’s, right around the time the Ford Mustang was flying off of dealership lots, the bigwigs at GM decided the time was right for their own powerful pony car. This program gave us the Chevrolet Camaro, which in French and Spanish means “warm friend” (Editor’s note – we may have just made that up.) The project that gave birth to the Camaro, however, had a much sleeker name; “Panther.” While some say GM bigwigs just wanted another C-name car, others claim the upcoming Mercury Cougar encouraged GM to choose another non-animal name.
Whatever the case, the Panther name has a special place in the annals of Camaro lore. Camaro5 reports that famed Camaro modifiers SLP will soon offer a special limited edition version of the 2012 Camaro called the SLP Panther.
Just 145 SLP Panther Camaros will be offered up for sale, and as you might expect they will come in several different flavors, but just one color; black with gold trim. Under the hood is GM’s 6.2 liter V8 strapped with a supercharger and producing between 560 and 750 horsepower, depending on how much cash you want to lay out.
Beyond the powerful engine, SLP has modified the Panther Camaros with black wheels, a SLP PowerFlo exhaust system, and a leather-wrapped short-throw shifter, and a custom interior. Optional upgrades include a coil-over suspension and sway bar, a SLP front splitter, and plenty of other goodies for all you
rich bastards job creators.
Whatever your income though, you’ve got to admit that SLP knows how to build a badass-looking Camaro, that much is certain.