1970 Plymouth Duster

1970 PLYMOUTH DUSTER INTRO YEAR
Introductory year for the car Plymouth built to compete with the Ford Maverick and Chevy Nova. Spun off the Valiant platform, and sharing sheetmetal from the cowl forward, they did what they could to end the similarities there, however a “Valiant” emblem appeared above the “Duster” badge on the front fender of the 1970 (only, all later years are devoid of the Valiant name). The new Duster was supposed to be fun and exciting, and sporty. In fact, the Duster came as a 2-door coupe only. While it shared its door skins with the lowly Valiant, the rest of the Duster’s exterior was totally unique, with a semi-fastback roofline. For the 1970 model year, they came in two basic flavors: the basic Duster and the performance-oriented Duster 340.
1970 PLYMOUTH DUSTER ENGINE OPTIONS
Base Dusters came standard with the 198ci slant-six, with the 225ci slant-six optional. The V8 options consisted of the 318 LA-series small block V8, and the 340, also an LA-series small block. Of course, the Duster 340s all came exclusively with the 340 engine.

1970 Plymouth Duster SPECIFICATONS

Model

Body style

Model#/Body#

Production

Price when new

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Track, front

Track, rear

Tire size

Weight

ENGINE OPTIONS

Slant Six

Slant Six

LA-small block V8

LA-small block V8

PERFORMANCE

275hp 340V8

1970 Duster

2-dr Coupe

FV2 / VS29

192,375

$2,547

108.0 in

188.4 in

71.0 in

57.5 in

55.6 in

E60-14

2,825 lbs


198ci OHV I-6

225ci OHV I-6

318ci OHV V8



Zero-to-60 = 

1970 Duster 340

2-dr Coupe

FV2 / VS29

24,817

NA

108.0 in

188.4 in

71.0 in

57.5 in

55.6 in

E60-14

3,140 lbs





340ci OHV V8


6.2 sec














125hp @ 4400rpm/180lb/ft @ 2000rpm

145hp @ 4000rpm/215lb/ft @ 2400rpm

230hp @ 4400rpm/320lb/ft @ 2000rpm

275hp @ 5000rpm/340lb/ft @ 3200rpm


1/4-mile = 14.7 sec @ 94mph


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