1997 Plymouth Prowler Expert Reviews at carmax.com

24 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 1997 Plymouth Prowler Expert Reviews at carmax.com
Plymouth Prowler

1997 Plymouth Prowler

reviews are written by independent journalists providing an objective and assessment to help you make a buying decision. 1997 Prowler.

Reviewed By: Jim McCraw

© NewCarTestDrive.com

Passionately purple.

P Prowler is the first factory-built hot rod in a vehicle that simply has no competition because it is unique. built in the same Conner factory in Detroit as the Dodge and will only be available to 3000 customers in 1997, so probably won’t be another one in neighborhood–unless you live in Beverly or Miami Beach.

While the is significant to Chrysler Corporation’s reputation for its attention-getting index–which is off the is also important to Chrysler’s reputation for its extensive use of aluminum.

The car is about one-third aluminum by Cast, forged and extruded parts are everywhere, and they to not only lighten and strengthen, but add some techno-glamor to its underpinnings. the rear brake rotors are


When the Prowler its debut at the Detroit Auto it seemed to be just another of nifty but unproduceable show And then Chrysler confounded us putting it into production. The is full of unusual elements, the blade bumpers with turn signals, encased headlamps flanking the grille, fenders for the front tires, trim pieces, the stamped body shell and the aluminum-intensive and suspension.

The Prowler has a very neat, and sculptured appearance, whether used to looking at hot rods or From its chin pieces to its 1937 Ford grille, the flows back into the windshield, getting wider and all the way to the firewall. From the firewall to the leading edges of the rear there is a very strong body sculpture that great and also stiffens the

From there, the fenders and curve down gracefully to the rear bumperettes. The taillamps are into the rear fenders, and the signal/backup lamps into the It really does look a a classic ’50s hot rod.

The top is manual, and it folds neatly and into the trunk. The trunk is at the rear and holds very, little other than the top it is stowed.

The Inside Story

Chrysler’s design guys have quite a good job in mixing the and the classic, using a host of and elements borrowed from car lines that work so together you’d never they weren’t made for the Prowler.

Prowler’s cozy (only 38 inches of headroom the top up, but who’s going to drive the top up?) offer leather seats, a center console/armrest the shift lever and a single The unusual instrument panel the designers’ masterful blend of and now. The tiny tachometer, an item made by AutoMeter, is on the steering column, where it in a hot rod, and the rest of the instruments are in a body-colored panel with the at the center and four minor flanking it, all five set in deep for a very interesting effect.

and audio controls are mounted the instruments, and the Prowler’s standard includes modern stuff power windows, mirrors, and air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette sound with six-disc CD changer, control, and dual airbags. are no options available, and the initial comes in any color you want–as as it’s purple.

Ride Drive

The Prowler has one powertrain combination, the 3.5-liter V6 engine and a four-speed automatic with the AutoStick automatic, allows manual shifting or automatic operation. And, it produces more than performance for a weekends-only car, it quite measure up to the promise of enormous rear tires.

The hot rod setup was a lightweight ’30s or roadster allied with a ’50s V8, a combo that tire-shredding power and a wonderful rumble. With 214 horsepower, an transmission and a tall rear-end the Prowler doesn’t do any of that.

We also a little disappointed its underhood appearance. American hot rod says your engine has to as good as it sounds and performs. For the there should be a chromed air box and chromed cam covers at the very but there is not a lick of dress-up the hood.

It is as dark as a slumlord’s heart, no eye appeal whatsoever.

Plymouth Prowler

A contemporary that makes sense is the location. Rear-mounted to maximize and leg room and improve weight it’s connected by an aluminum

Prowler’s suspension system is for an American passenger car. a racing-style double wishbone with upper and lower arms and coil springs, but the spring is mounted inside the operated by a rocker arm, much like an open-wheeled car, to give the exposed suspension a very clean The rear suspension uses a shock unit on each with a single lower arm and three-bar link on the top side, the being solidly mounted, halfshafts to drive the wheels.

The tires and wheels were as much for appearance as function. chose P225/45R-17 fronts, are very large for steering and the rears are even bigger–P295/40R on 10×20-in. aluminum alloy The tires are Goodyear Extended Tires, which can run flat, and the includes a low pressure sensor a dashboard readout.

Not only do these tires the Prowler an enormous footprint and an stance, they also the spare and a jack.

Driving the makes you the center of attention you go, and almost automatically puts a on your face. The V6 doesn’t V8 noises, but it will propel the from rest to 60 mph in a taste seven seconds, which is performance by today’s standards. The transmission will hold the gear until the rev limiter the 6350-rpm limit, and when the shifts, it shifts hard, with hot rod performance.

Although flex in this chassis, the handles better than any hot rod built. With its short ground-hugging stance and those tires, plus quick power steering, the purple changes direction more a Porsche than a Plymouth.

The irons out minor irritants well, but over more bumps and potholes it’s and the chassis gets a lot of the load, means the occupants really it. The all-disc braking system is to modulate, very direct and powerful, inspiring a great of confidence on back roads. ABS offered, but it would take bad conditions to overpower the grip of the tires.

Final Word

This is a looking car with a proven and all the same power accessories you get in a sedan, for a relatively modest The $35,535 figure, which Plymouth’s destination charge, is our estimate, because the car still has not officially priced, nor have its economy figures been

What’s not to like? Well, isn’t much interior for tall drivers, and once the hits the rear bulkhead, it. The top works fine, but it isn’t inside, and it looks cheap that perspective.

And even it handles far better than a hot rod, it’s not in the same with modern sports

But the Prowler isn’t about performance and slalom-running. It’s feeling good and looking and just generally flaunting it. from that perspective, no production car comes close.

Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "Plymouth":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Car Catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about cars