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Plymouth 'Cuda 383


Plymouth 'Cuda 383

The 'Cuda was another handsome example of Chrysler's E-body cars. These shared the front end with the larger B-body models so had room for the biggest V8s on offer in the Dodge/Plymouth stable. The 1971 Cuda 383 had, as the name suggests, a 383ci (6.3-liter) V8 which shared the block, heads, exhaust and camshaft. Only the crankshaft was different, with less stroke and displacement. Although not the quickest of muscle cars, the 'Cuda 383 nevertheless pumped out massive torque and could still turn in mid-14 second quarter-mile. The chassis was conventional Chrysler, using torsion bars up front which drag racers often raised a couple of splines to transfer weight more to the rear tyres. Stiffer springs all around improved handling and the Sure-Grip Dana axle helped traction. Because of falling demand, the 'Cuda 383 was made for just two years, then axed.

Plymouth 'Cuda 383 Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:383 ci (6,276 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 4,800 rpm
Max torque:410 lb ft (555 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:3,475 lb (1,579 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.2 km/I)
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