Although Plymouth already had a performance car with the GTX, designers decided to go back to the drawing board and reincarnate the original muscle car concept.
Plymouth wanted a car that would be able to complete a quarter mile in 14 seconds and sell for less than $3,000. Both goals were met and the low-cost muscle car hit the street.
The success of the Road Runner would far outpace the upscale and lower volume GTX, with which it was often confused.
Motor City Online
The Road Runner's first appearance was in Motor City Online.
Need for Speed: Carbon
The Plymouth Road Runner appears in Need for Speed: Carbon as a Tier 2 muscle car. It is unlocked upon reaching online XP level 8 and is only playable in Quick Race or Online Racing. After unlocking it, players can select between an orange stock car and a red car fitted with aftermarket parts. It is also available in a Challenge Series Canyon Duel race.
The Plymouth Road Runner shares many handling characteristics of the other classic muscle cars, as it has a powerful acceleration, but lacks grip during hard cornering.
Need for Speed: ProStreet
The Road Runner performs similarly to its Need for Speed: Carbon rendition, with the strongest trait being its acceleration. Due to its soft suspension and front-biased weight distribution, the Road Runner requires a lot of braking on corner entry.
The player can use the Road Runner as a Drag car during the earlier portion of the career mode to outperform AI opponents, whom have less powerful cars during this stage. It remains competitive in later stages of the career as long as both performance and handling upgrades are applied.
Need for Speed: World
The Road Runner is a competitive car, performance-wise. It has superior handling and nitrous boost to the Chevrolet Chevelle SS. The Road Runner matches well against other B and C Class cars, but can be difficult to control in narrow roads because of its length. It can reach a top speed of 134 mph (216 km/h).
- The Road Runner lacks its stock vinyls in Need for Speed: ProStreet.
- The car has a 5-speed gearbox in Need for Speed: World.