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Plymouth Prowler


Plymouth Prowler

Massively popular as a concept, the Prowler took three years to make production but when it did, demand was huge, to the point where its $40,000 price quickly doubled on the second-hand market. It was headed by Chrysler design head Tom Gale, himself a hot rodder, who wanted to give the public a new slant on a 1930s hot rod. The idea was to keep it light, with an aluminium chassis to which slender A-arms were attached either end for full independent suspension. At the front, the coilovers were mounted inboard as per race cars, while the rear had a multi-link arrangement. To distribute weight evenly the gearbox was mounted out back. It all added up to neutral handling and supercar cornering. The only slight let down was the power - although the 24v engine was linear in output, it didn't have enough torque to make the Prowler a true hot rod.

Plymouth Prowler Specifications

Top speed:140 mph (224 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.0 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:215 ci (3,523 cc)
Transmission:4-speed auto
Max power:214 bhp (159 kW) @ 5,850 rpm
Max torque:221 lb ft @ 3,100 rpm (300 Nm)
Weight:2,862 lb (1,300 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.08 km/I)
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