today unveiled the Howler show car at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
With the 250 bhp, 300 lb.-ft. V8 Howler, DCX shows off a performance
roadster pickup interpretation of Prowler.
is an unprecedented combination of outrageous yet practical design
and powerful performance. The technical team changed the engine
from the standard V6 to the PowerTech V8, replaced the rear transaxle
with an engine-mounted five-speed manual transmission with 10.5
inch clutch and a Dana 44 rear
and fabricated a custom driveshaft and half-shafts. A pedal package
with clutch was borrowed from the Neon to replace the standard two
pedal package. Removing the rear transaxle provided the opportunity
to reposition the fuel tank.
"This in turn
allowed us to open up the rear of the car and create space for a
trunk while leaving the front end, doors, top and interior untouched,"
said designer Christopher Schuttera. "The result is a show car that
remains true to the heritage of the home-built hot rod, yet offers
true everyday convenience."