Plymouth Prowler

The Plymouth Prowler, an extremely cool looking car, debuted in 1997. The Plymouth Prowler is a remarkable vehicle—a concept car that has been made street legal.

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Plymouth Prowler Origins

It's easy to see where its roots lie, as its appearance recalls the hot rods made popular in the 1950s and the 1930s Ford roadster. It comes with enormous 20-inch chrome wheels on the back, while the front sits on 17-inch chrome wheels.

The Prowler uses a lightweight aluminum frame and an aluminum four-wheel independent suspension. Thanks to this lack of weight, it has impressive acceleration and can reach 60 mph in about six seconds.

About the Plymouth Prowler

The Plymouth Prowler is not the most comfortable car, and it suffers from poor visibility. Shorter people find themselves peering over the top of this car in an attempt to see out the windshield. Space in the trunk is very limited with little room to fit anything more than a very small suitcase. However, it does turn heads, especially with its 320-watt Infinity sound system. Still, anyone over six feet tall might feel cramped in this car. The convertible top is manually operated, and although simple to do, it definitely requires both hands.

Unfortunately, the Prowler comes with an auto manual transmission and could really have benefited from a proper manual gearbox and a decent V-8 engine instead of the 3.5-liter V-6. In spite of its good looks, it doesn’t stand up to real muscle cars. Although, it does handle much better than people would think and offers a fun drive with precise steering that helps it stick to the road, even in wet weather.

People own Plymouth Prowlers to have fun and cruise around town with the top down. For that, no other model tops it.

Plymouth Prowler Features

Available in just one model—the base convertible—the Plymouth Prowler comes fitted with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. It measures 165.3 inches in length and has a tiny ground clearance of 4.5 inches. The Prowler features a manual convertible roof, remote power door locks, power mirrors, and one-touch power windows. Air-conditioning comes as standard, as does a leather steering wheel and seats, dual vanity mirrors, front cup holders, and a huge sound system. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 15/21 mpg city/highway, but buyers of this car hardly worry about that.

Plymouth Prowler Evolution

At the turn-of-the-century, Plymouth discontinued the Prowler Purple and replaced it with the Prowler Silver. Chrome wheels and a new leather shift boot come standard, and speed-sensitive volume adds to its considerable stereo system. The 2000 Plymouth Prowler comes in red, yellow, black, or silver.

1997 marks the first year of the Plymouth Prowler’s production, and the company obviously spent a lot of money bringing such a stylish car to the marketplace. Buyers receive it well, but enthusiasts dislike the lack of a V-8 engine and a manual gearbox. Although it looks like a muscle car, it lacks the essential requirements, and proves uncomfortable for longer drives. In spite of this, few can complain because it attracts so much attention.

1999 marks the year Plymouth introduced its 3.5-liter, V-6 engine, a welcome addition to this hot rod. The engine would soon make its debut in some of Chrysler's full-size sedans, and it produced 253 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This knocks a full second off the zero to 60 mph time. Aluminum makes up about one third of the weight of the Prowler; this enables the car to move pretty quickly. In 1999, Plymouth reworked the transmission to provide a smooth shift, while still retaining that distinctive kick in between gear changes. This year also saw the introduction of a new color: Prowler Yellow.

Owning this car centers on appearance rather than comfort and practicality, which creates few problems seeing as no one would drive it every day. It serves as the perfect summer car for exhibitionists.

Select a Plymouth Prowler Year

2001 Plymouth Prowler

Convertible, Sports

The 2001 Plymouth Prowler serves as a concept car that harkens back to the halcyon days of driving, back in the 1950s when drag racing roadsters ruled the streets.

2000 Plymouth Prowler

Convertible, Sports

The 2000 Plymouth Prowler is one of those vehicles that was taken directly from the drawing board straight to the factory.

1999 Plymouth Prowler

Convertible, Sports

The 1999 Plymouth Prowler brings back the hot-rod inspired convertible that briefly saw the market in 1997.

1997 Plymouth Prowler

Convertible, Sports

The 1997 Plymouth Prowler is a new roadster introduced by Chrysler and inspired by the retro cars of the 1930s.