Plymouth Duster 340 sports
|Production||1970 to 1973|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||V8 340 cu (5,571 cc)|
|Transmission||TorqueFlite 3-speed auto or 4-speed Manual|
From the end of the 1960s, with muscle cars getting out of reach financially to many buyers, the Chrysler Corporation decided to bring in a new entry-level performance machine. It was achieved by combining the 340ci (5.6-litre) small-block engine a lightweight, with atwo-door version of their Valiant bodyshell.
The 1970 Duster 340 and although regarded as a budget racer, it could
easily hold its own against bigger-engined cars. Chrysler's trusted torsion bar front suspension meant it was comfortable (and cheap to produce), and leaf springs out back held the live axle in place, the latter coming with 3.23:1 gears and optional Grip limited-slip differential. The standard transmission was a three-speed manual, though a four-speed was on the option list, as was the Torqueflite automatic gearbox.
1972. Chrysler's electronic ignition was now standard on the 340 models power reduced from 275 bhp (205 kW) to 245 bhp (183 kW) to meet new regulation changes.
1973 Upgrades to brakes and rear axel.
1974, Plymouth replaced the 340 with the 360 (5.9 liters), which, however, developed a lower performance because of the stricter emission regulations.
Externally the car had a matt black hood with '340 Wedge' graphic.
Top speed: 120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph : (0-95 km/h): 6.0 sec
Engine type: V8
Displacement: 340 cu (5,571 cc)
Transmission : 3-speed auto or manual
Max power: 275bhp (205KW)@ 5,000 rpm
Max torque: 340 lb ft (460 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight: 3,5001b (1,590 kg)
Economy: 16 mpg (5.7 km/l)