Dodge Magnum First Generation
|Vehicle technical details|
|Production:||1977 to 1979|
|Top speed:||112 mph (180 km/h)|
|Acceleration:||0-100 km/h 14 seconds|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine and Powertrain|
|Drive:||rear wheel drive|
|Engine power:||(104-146 kW)|
|Transmission:||A727 3-speed auto|
|Turning circle :||13.7 m|
|Weights and Dimensions|
Dodge Magnum is the name of two cars -models the upper class of the US car manufacturer Dodge Sold as "XE" and the "GT" .The first model named Magnum XE appeared in the model years 1978 and 1979; the production lasted from autumn 1977 to summer 1979.
The Magnum XE was a coupé derived from the Chrysler's B-platform based Dodge Charger SE and Chrysler Cordoba . It was Chrysler's last new presentation based on this structure, which had already appeared in 1970. During his first model year, the Magnum was offered parallel to the Charger, in 1979, however, only the Magnum was in the program.
The technology of the Magnum corresponded almost completely to the initial model, and the body was also adopted in large parts. In the first place, the Magnum differed from the Charger by a separate front end. While the Charger had four round headlights, the Magnum received four small rectangular headlights, which were - supposedly for aerodynamic reasons - behind a cover made of Plexiglas. Since at the time in the US headlights were not allowed to be mounted behind glass , swung the cover when activating the lighting down. This styling feature was later taken over by Dodge St. Regis. New was the Magnum also a prominent grille with vertical struts; this feature later became the Dodge Mirada.
As the only body version, a notchback coupe was offered, the roof in the area behind the B-pillar was regularly covered with vinyl. On request, a so-called T-tops was available, a roof structure with two removable parts above the driver and front passenger seats and a fixed bracing between the windscreen and the rear roof section. In addition to the XE could also be ordered a GT version, which had wider tires, special rims and a wheel arch extension by means of glued plastic parts.
Basic drive was a 5.2-liter V8 (142 hp), for an additional charge, there was a 5.9-liter (157 hp) with two and four-barrel carbureted engine . In the model year 1978 was also the 6.6-liter with 193 hp or also the so-called high-output variant - available with 198 hp.
Target of the Magnum were according to a prospectus active, sporty drivers, a clientele, which had no longer served the Charger SE in its last form. Dodge described the Magnum as "the total driving experience" .In its first model year, the Magnum was just under $ 150 more expensive than the Charger SE.
In 1978, Chrysler manufactured a total of 55,431 of the Magnum, 47,827 of which were sold (compared to only 2735 from the Charger SE). In model year 1979, the production amounted to 30,354 copies of which were sold 25,367 units in the same year .