It’s amazing how little the aftermarket world thinks of the Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler. Nevermind that it came with the V6 and automatic…this is a car that honestly should have never made it past the concept stage. Even by 1990s Chrysler standards, the Prowler was so far in left field that it wasn’t funny, yet it got produced and sold. Over 11,000 of the retro rods were sold over the course of six years yet, because of the 3.5L V6, most enthusiasts shy away from them because they get too much of a Dodge Intrepid scent when they go near. Ignore the fact that this is a daily-driver worthy retro rod with the first Indy-style front wheel spats in…hell, like I’d know…the fact that it’s a V6 kills the vibe. Okay.
To wit, there really wasn’t a good V8 option back then. The 5.2L and 5.9L V8s were old and horsepower-wise, the V6 was competitive. The 4.7L PowerTech V8 showed up in a later concept version, the Howler, but it didn’t make it to production. After the Prowler’s death in 2002, however, the company started cranking out some really interesting V8s. So it was bound to happen that one or two would get swapped into the last great Plymouth-badged car. The video below shows off a 6.1 Hemi-swapped car, which seems a bit hair-trigger whenever the owner breathes at the gas pedal. Not enough? Ok. Look closer at the purple car. That’s a Hellcat getting shoved in. No engineer could’ve predicted the Hellcat back then. 707 horsepower in a Prowler, a car that curbs at about 2,800 pounds…that’s going to be akin to street-driving a fuel altered!