litre 4 cylinder
The Plymouth Pronto Spyder was a 2 door roadster concept
which was introduced at the 1998 Detroit Motor Show.
The Pronto Spyder was designed to be a lightweight, low
cost, sports car with classic European styling cues.
In order to help keep the final cost of the Pronto Spyder
down the designers and engineers looked into cheaper manufacturing
methods and materials. The result is that the Pronto Spyder
features plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) body
panels. This is the same type of plastic used for making
soda or water bottles.
Because of the inexpensive bodywork there was extra money
left over in the budget for the drivetrain. Powering the
Plymouth Pronto Spyder was a mid-mounted, 225 horsepower,
dual overhead cam, 2.4 litre, 4 cylinder engine connected
to a 5 speed manual transmission.
The red colored interior of the Plymouth Pronto Spyder
was in stark contrast to the silvery-gray exterior color.
It featured a plastic faux-turtle shell steering wheel
which was later used on the Chrysler 300C, and a classic
instrument panel layout.
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