First Drive in a Plymouth Prowler

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Plymouth Prowler

Cross-Country in Chrysler’s New Hot Rod

Right our Power Tour (covered in elsewhere in this issue), engineers were conducting a of their own. The “Prowler put two examples of Plymouth’s hot rod ragtop on the for what was really the car’s debut.

Yes, the car “officially” in January at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. But in a convention center and watching a car rotate on a turntable under lights is nothing compared to (and hearing) it blast by you on the better still, blasting the interstate inside the Prowler.

was truly a unique opportunity for HOT ROD and Chrysler. We not only got to spend with a neat new car, but the Tour benefitted from the media attention the Prowler to our event. And Chrysler was able to the Prowler months before it production in January 1997 and that preview in an environment with potential Prowler (Not that it really it. Chrysler has received more 13,000 formal requests for and more than 20,000 on the Prowler’s Internet home as of April, all for a car that will a start-up volume of about units.)

Plus, spending 2900 as part of the Power Tour reinforced the Prowler’s spiritual with hot rodding. “The pays homage to the rolling art of hot explained Craig R. Love, Prowler’s executive engineer. means traveling across the with many classic hot will be extra special for the

But the Power Tour was no mere PR for Team Prowler. While one of handbuilt prototypes made the inside a trailer—so it would be clean for cruise night second drove the entire Los route, accompanied by a small of developmental engineers. This car was with data-acquisition equipment, and at every stop along the way the would plug in their computers to access and evaluate the

Because the primary purpose of the was engineering evaluation, none of the HOT ROD was allowed to drive the Prowler. But of us did the next best thing—ride and experience firsthand this tear-drop-shaped ’90s hot rod.

One of the to ride in the car was our Ol’ Dad, Gray who knows a thing or two about “Remember, I drove my ’32 to work for 14 years,” he told me. “I rode in the with the windows down, to see how it would be, and it felt like a roadster. It had about the same buffeting as my ’32 and all the noises. It takes you

Purists will tell you a roadster doesn’t have windows. Nor does it have a windshield. But even a purist have to agree that the creature comforts—its windows, leather seats, and yards of it easier to live in over the haul.

And that makes the Prowler accessible to everyone, from hot rodders to near enthusiasts, people who want the feeling of a roadster without the shortage of

And some enthusiasts would not worry about keeping a running right. The Prowler is by the same 3.5L V6 found in LH sedans. It’s mated to a electronically controlled automatic with Chrysler’s Autostic which allows you to run through the with the flick of the shift of a clutchless manual ….

it was hard to judge the car’s potential when sitting in the seat, the Prowler’s 214 horsepower and 221 of torque—numbers that aren’t far from the current Mustang move the lightweight two-seater at a if not blistering rate. And the Prowler’s tuning gives the V6 a growly that sounds better its V10 Viper cousin.

Plymouth Prowler

While the Prowler’s suspension is being fine-tuned, it was clear our drive with chassis Alan Aloe that he and the Prowler Team members are for a firm ride and responsive rather than living-room-sofa which is the right target, as far as concerned. The Prowler is “a perfect car for a road, like California’s 1 or Route 66,” said “It’s an off-the-beaten-path car, a car.” Its four-wheel independent coil-over shocks, quick and fat tires (225/45R17s in front and 295/40R20s in back) will it a lot of fun to throw into corners.

tires are almost a story in and of Because there’s so little in the Prowler for anything other two passengers, an engine, and a trans, engineers found themselves no room for a spare tire. the Prowler utilizes Goodyear Mobility tires that run-flat capability and low-tire-pressure

And speaking of tires, that up one disappointment we had during our Prowler You can’t see them from the car. As great as those front tires look to driving by, you sit so low in the Prowler that all you can see in of you is the cowl. No hood.

No fenders. So you may to learn where your corners are by braille parking.

you do get inside the Prowler’s cockpit is a instrument panel filled white-faced gauges and a tachometer on top of the steering column. There are airbags for safety and a powerful stereo system for hearing favorite tunes over the rush—unless you, like elect to revel in the wind and leave the tunes at home.

My short ride in the Prowler me wanting more—more time in the some wheel time for and more days or weeks to get to this newest Plymouth. however, knows the car already. like the early Corvette,” the man who spent most of the Power in Boyd Coddington’s ’54 ’Vette, by a six-cylinder, based on a sports car And not a hot rod in the purist’s sense of the word. Not anyway.

“A hot rod is an owner-built car,” said. “This is a production But it sure has potential. Flame it, off the fenders, then you’ll a bitchin’ hot rod!”

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