• Dec 19, 2012
Before Chrysler had Street and Racing Technology, it had Performance Vehicle Operations. What the two entities have in common, before SRT became its own brand, of course, is that each was created to take Chrysler and Dodge (and Plymouth, before it was unceremoniously killed off) vehicles to the next level of style and performance.

We'll leave the question of whether or not the old Plymouth (and later Chrysler) Prowler was ultimately a stylish, performance-oriented car to you, but the boys and girls currently leading the SRT charge at the Pentastar headquarters are keen to accept the retro-rod into the fold.

According to the automaker, all of SRT's current high-performance models owe a debt of gratitude to the old Prowler, due mostly to that car's use of lightweight bits and pieces and innovative construction techniques. If nothing else, the fact that the Prowler's frame is "the largest machined automotive part in history" is pretty cool. Read all the details here.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      The drivetrain of the original Prowler was just sad, even back when it was released. The later models with the "High-Output" were better, but the fact that they were only available in 4 spd auto was just a poor decision. That said, the fact they made a wild-looking car like this at all is something I hugely respect and even today I can't help but smile whenever I see one. Later Chrysler made the PT Cruiser and Chevy would try to hop on the bandwagon with the HHR and SSR, but IMO only the Prowler was the only one that really pulled off the "modern hot rod" look. Since I was a kid though, I have still yet to see one with the trailer it could have been ordered with.
      Spartan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Timeless design. It looked good when it debuted, and still looks good today. It'd be so much more fun to drive if it had a proper transmission.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know what? I liked the prowler. Yes, it was underpowered. Yes, it was only a toy and yes, most of its drivers drove it slow and cruised....in which case, the V6 from the 300 was all you needed. The one I have less respect for was the Chevy SSR, or whatever it was called. The convertible pickup truck that didn't haul anything, had a V8, but was so heavy it was still slow. Besides, the Prowler became the test bed for Chrysler making aluminum suspension bits so it actually had technical merit behind being a toy.
        SP33DFR34K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        I HAVE an SSR, and yes the earlier version may have been slow, but the LS2 in mine ('06) is plenty fast enough! It has over 415/415:hp/lbft (sure, NOT at the wheels) , I DO haul things (plenty of DRY COVERED space back there for a BJ's run, and YES it is HEAVY, but so what? I don't race it, it gets what I expect it to in gas milage, and the top down drive is awesome. It is an absolute joy to drive, cruise around in, and talk to people about.
        Mr E
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        That may be true about the SSR, but it was still a hoot to drive.
      postpast
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the Prowler! After 20 years they still look exciting. The most amazing thing is it’s pretty hard to find one today for less then it sold for when new. So some people were able to own and drive a cool head-turning car for 2 decades without costing anything. I would love to see a new one, the new Penstar is plenty powerful enough.
      CJ_313
      • 2 Years Ago
      I loved these cars. Chrysler really had people talking when they hit the streets in the 90's, despite not having anything noteworthy under the hood (although 250 horsepower wasn't "underpowered" for the time). Looking back, it's really a shame that Chrysler couldn't control their quality control issues. The Prowler, '98 Intrepid, '99 Grand Cherokee, '00 Neon, '01 PT Cruiser (these were the talk of every town back then), were all extremely popular, and Chrysler was on a roll. Then the defective 2.7L V6 fiasco in their most popular models burned alot of owners (Intrepid, Concorde, Stratus & Sebring), and the whole mess between Diamler & Cerberus unfolded, it all combined to hold them back & ultimately almost killed the company. They still managed to make a handful of hits in the meantime with the 300C and, to a lesser extent, Charger/Magnum, but it's been a slow recovery. Chrysler is still one of my favorite underdog brands though.
        Mr E
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ_313
        Seriously, Chrysler was on a roll in the 90s. It's kind of sad to think of what's happened to them since (through the Daimler years), although their new wares look pretty good again.
      Jimmery
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll always have good thoughts about Chrysler Co because of the Prowler. They deserve a lot of credit for going out on a limb and producing something so unique and exciting. I sure wish we had more cars like this. Good job!
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jimmery
        The Prowler, Viper and to a lesser extent Jeeps made Chrysler Co. one of my favorite companies as a kid, though if Ford had produced the Indigo or GT90, that may have been different. Ah 90's nostalgia...
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Prowler had so much potential, the ystuffed it by not doing a V8 or manual transmission. It's still one of the best automotive designs in history, even if the perfomance was lacking. If SRT wants to truly take ownership of the Prowler, they should do it justice with a modern interpretation and proper performance worthy of the SRT name. Do it Gilles, do it!
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        It was a V6, but it was reasonably powerful. Products like the Viper and Prowler did American cars proud.
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Prowler was also built on a line running right next to the Viper at the Conner Ave plant!
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss this car. Not because it was particularly good, but because it was so damn stylish and unique.
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's one naughty looking car
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely one of the coolest, most unique production cars ever made that's for sure. And the fact that it's loosely based off an early Foose design, makes it even more iconic.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      A guy here in the neighborhood has a yellow Prowler, along with a red newer Challenger R/T and a red SWB regular cab Hemi Ram.
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