1971 Dodge Challenger

1971 DODGE CHALLENGER GETS FEW CHANGES
1971 was mostly carried over from the very successful 1970 model. The body received only minor changes, the basic sheetmetal remaining intact, but front and year facias modified slightly. A new bargain-priced model called the Challenger Coupe was added, that cut costs by decontenting the cars, including fixing the rear quarter windows in place instead of the roll-downs. It was planned to do another year with the Challenger T/A, but using a 340 with a single 4-barrel instead of the Six-Pack setup, but Dodge had since pulled out of the SCCA Trans Am racing series that had inspired the original car, so the idea was dropped.

1971 Dodge Challenger CONVERTIBLE

1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T CONVERTIBLE ON PICTURE DAY
I caught this beauty at the Good Guys Car Show in Pleasanton CA in March 2014. The owner left the hood half-open to give folks a view of that gorgeous engine. Unfortunately, he was nowhere in sight when I was shooting his car. And I DO NOT touch anyone's car without their permission. So this is what we've got, for now. Maybe I should say "No muscle cars were injured in the making of this site!"


1971 Dodge Challenger INTERIOR


1971 Dodge Challenger ENGINES

1971 DODGE CHALLENGER ENGINE OPTIONS
Of course base Challengers could still be had with the lowly Slant-Six. But the real sizzle was on the other end of the spectrum with the R/T series (short for Road & Track). Here, the standard engine was the big block 383 V8. In 1970 it produced 335hp, but for 1971, low-octane/low-lead gasoline forced Dodge to reduce compression ratios, so the power dropped to 300hp. The 440 Magnum still made 375hp with single 4-barrel, and 390 with its own Six-Pack setup (three 2-barrel carburetors on a special aluminum manifold). And as before, the top-rated engine was the mighty 426 Hemi, in its last year, still making 425hp. How did they do it? What was it like on the new gas?

383 MAGNUM

440-SIX PACK

1971 Dodge Challenger SPECIFICATIONS (V8 only)

Body style

Model # / Body style #

Production

    Challenger, 6 cyl

    Challenger, V8

    Challenger R/T, V8

          w/340 V8

          w/383 V8

          w/440 Six-Pack

          w/426 Hemi

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Track, front

Track, rear

Weight

     Challenger

     Challenger R/T

V8 ENGINE OPTIONS

G-code

H-code

L-code

N-code (R/T-only)

R-code (R/T-only)

V-code (R/T-only)

2-door Hardtop

JH / 23


1,672

18,956

4,892

1,048

3,493

250

71

110.0 in

191.3 in

76.3 in

59.7 in

61.6 in


3,120 lbs

3,495 lbs


318ci OHV V8, 1X2bbl

340ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl

383ci OHV V8, 1X2bbl

383ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl

426ci HEMI V8, 2X4bbl

440ci OHV V8, 3X2bbl

2-door Convertible

JH / 27


83

1,774

(all 1971 R/Ts are Hardtops)











3,207 lbs



230 hp / 320 lb/ft

275 hp / 340 lb/ft

275 hp / 390 lb/ft

300 hp / 400 lb/ft

425 hp / 490 lb/ft

390 hp / 480 lb/ft 


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