The original road Runner in 1968 was a runaway success for Chrysler, and when the new car was designed in 1971, it continued with much the same proven options as before. Underneath, it wasn't changed at all, save for a slightly shorter wheelbase and wider track which improved handling response. Also changed was the interior with a much-improved layout of the dash, pistol grip shifter and high back seats which offered better support. The base engine was the 383ci (6.2-liter), but this particular car was fitted with the famous Street Hemi from the factory. Just 55 Road runners made it out of the factory with this engine and for this year the valves got hydraulic lifters in place of slid ones, which made maintenance easier and the engine quieter. This motor, through the standard-issue four speed Muncie gearbox, could push the Road Runner deep into 13-second quarter-mile times.
Plymouth Road Runner (1971) Specifications
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