|Production||1970 to 1971|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||V8 Various 340,383,440,426|
|Transmission||TorqueFlite 3-speed auto or 4-speed Manual|
Plymouth Cudo motor car history.
The Cuda was another handsome example of Chrysler's E-body cars. These shared the front end with the larger B-body models called the E-chassis. so had room for the biggest V8s on offer in the Dodge/Plymouth stable.
The Cuda a sporting version edition of the third generation Plymouth Barracuda, was avaliable from 1970 to 1971 in 5 high potency versions the 340,360 .383,440 and the large 426 Hemi engine version.
The 1971 'Cuda 383 had, as the name suggests, a 383ci (6.3-litre) V8 which shared the block, heads, exhaust and camshaft, Only the crankshaft was different, with less stroke and displacement four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust to give 335 hp 1971 is the only only year that the Barracuda had four headlights . Although not the quickest of muscle cars, the 'Cuda 383 nevertheless pumped out massive torque and could still turn in mid-14 second quarter-mile and handled and braked better than the Heavy Hemi version.
The chassis was conventional Chrysler, using torsion bars up front which drag racers often raised a couple of splines to transfer weight more to the rear tyres. Structural reinforcements such as Stiffer springs all around improved handling and the Sure-Grip Dana axle helped traction. Because of falling demand, the 'Cuda was made for just two years, then axed.
Plymouth Cudo Engine options.
340 cu in (5.6 L) V8
360 cu in (5.9 L) V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
426 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi V8
440 cu in (7.2 L) V8
Plymouth Cudo 383 specifications
Top speed: 120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph : (0-95 km/h): 7.8 sec
Engine type: V8
Displacement: 383 ci (6,276 cc)
Transmission : 3-speed auto
Max power: 335 Hp @ 300 bhp (224 kw) @ 4,800 rpm
Max torque: 410 1b ft (555 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight: 3,475 1b (1,579 kg)
Economy 12 mpg (4.2 km/l)