Plymouth Prowler

Model
Year
Production Price
($US)
1997 457 $38,300
1999 3,921 $39,300
2000 2,746 $43,000
2001 3,142 $44,225
2002 1,436 $44,625
Total 11,702


Powertrain
V6   3.5 Liters   214hp - 253hp
Single OverHead Cam
Rear drivetrain
Automatic 4 speed gearbox

Performance
Acceleration 0/100km/h: 7.0 sec
Top speed: 200 km/h
Avg fuel consumption: 12.5 L/100km

Specifications
Wheelbase: 2878 mm
Length: 4199 mm
Curb Weight: 1287 kg
Brakes: 11" & 13" vented disc
Rack & pinion power steering
Tires: 225/45R17     295/40R20


1997 Plymouth Prowler Yellow Clear CoatThe Plymouth Prowler built in 1997 and 1999-2002 borrows features typical of 'hot rods' of the 1950s with open-well front wheels smaller than at the rear, and low-height windows. The design of the Prowler was said to have been inspired after Chrysler engineers were given free rein to create whatever they wanted in a 'sportster' type vehicle.

The Prowler featured a powertrain lifted from Chrysler's LH-cars, a 3.5 L Chrysler SOHC V6 engine 24v producing 214 hp (160 kW; 217 PS) at 5850 rpm. For the 1999 model year the engine was replaced with a more powerful 253 hp (189 kW; 257 PS) at 6400 rpm version of the engine. Both engines were coupled to a 4-speed Autostick automatic transmission. The transmission was located at the rear of the vehicle and joined to the engine by a flexible driveshaft that rotated at engine speed, an arrangement similar to that used by the C5 Corvette, Porsche 944 and Alfa Romeo 75, and helped to facilitate a desirable 50-50 front-rear weight distribution. The Prowler was the first rear-wheel drive (and last) Plymouth since the 1989 Plymouth Gran Fury. While criticized for featuring a V6 only, Chrysler's High Output 3.5 had a horsepower rating similar to (or higher than) the company's magnum V8s of that era. While not making nearly as much torque as a V8, Prowler's light weight translated into very impressive performance figures, including off-the-line acceleration.

1997 Plymouth Prowler RearThe car prominently featured aluminum in its construction, chiefly in the chassis. In many cases, the components were adhesively bonded. The body was produced in Shadyside, Ohio, and the car was assembled by hand at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (CAAP) in Detroit, Michigan.

The Plymouth Prowler was produced for the 1997 and 1999-2001 model years. After the Plymouth marque was discontinued in 2001 the Prowler was sold as a Chrysler Prowler for the 2001 and 2002 model years. However, DaimlerChrysler marketed the Prowler as a Plymouth in Canada for the 2000 model year; the Prowler was the last Plymouth sold in Canada.

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