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Plymouth Road Runner (1971)


Plymouth Road Runner (1971)

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

Top speed:125 mph (200 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:426 ci (6,980 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:425 bhp (317 kW) @ 4,700 rpm
Max torque:490 lb ft (664 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:3,640 lb (1,654 kg)
Economy:11 mpg (3.89 km/I)
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