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Plymouth Road Runner (1970)


Plymouth Road Runner (1970)

The good thing about so many muscle cars is that although nowadays they can be beaten by some modern machines, they can be made to run quicker still thanks to the healthy aftermarket. Often the performance parts available today far exceed the benefits of parts available over 30 years ago, so making more power in these old brutes is not difficult. This Road Runner has gone through an increase in compression and has been fitted with a Mopar Performance camshaft plus high-flow exhaust and electronic ignition, for an extra 65bhp (48kW) over stock. The rear end has wider alloys to fit 12-inch (305mm) wide rubber, which helps traction dramatically. The stock suspension remains, albeit lowered by one spline on the front torsion bars, but otherwise it remains very similar, so retains excellent value too. On the strip it can regularly produce low 13-second quarter miles.

Plymouth Road Runner (1970) Specifications

Top speed:137 mph (219 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:440 ci (7,210 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:440 bhp (328 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:500 lb ft (678 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,475 lb (1,579 kg)
Economy:10.2 mpg (3.61 km/I)
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