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Plymouth Power: The Best Performance Cars of Mopar’s Forgotten Brand

Vukasin Herbez February 1, 2024

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Plymouth Fury Roadrunner (1975)

We all know the Plymouth Roadrunner as one of the quintessential classic muscle cars and a model that always had performance and power. However, in 1975, Plymouth moved the Roadrunner as an option on the Fury line (via Hemmings).

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The Fury Roadrunner had a 440 V8 option with 260 hp on paper. Despite this being a respectable number for the day’s standards, 0 to 60 mph times were over eight seconds, which is something that today’s cheapest economy cars can match. As a result, sales could have been better.

Plymouth Prowler
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Plymouth Prowler (1997)

The Hot Rod culture is one of the critical ingredients of the American automotive landscape. However, no company dared to present a factory-built Hot Rod until 1997 when Plymouth presented the Prowler – a retro-futuristic roadster with a V6 engine and fantastic looks (via Car and Driver).

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Imagined as the follow-up of the Viper, the Prowler was the hit on the show circuit, and Chrysler wanted to capitalize on that. Despite having initial success, the car proved to be a failure.

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Plymouth Neon ACR (1996)

Most auto fans know about the excellent, turbocharged Neon SRT4 from the early 2000s. But that car wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the fantastic and forgotten Neon ACR produced for just two years in 1996 and 1997. Back in the ’90s, the Neon was one of the best compact cars America grew, and Dodge’s engineers realized that the chassis had the potential to be something more than just a grocery-getter (via The Autopian).

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The Neon ACR was a race-prepared Neon with a cam engine, four-wheel disc brakes, a different speedometer, stiffer suspension, and radio delete. The name ACR was derived from American Club Racer, and soon, the Neon ACR was the favorite car of amateur racers on track weekends.

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