Fitted with a three-speed automatic transmission, the 3,690-pound (1,674-kg) coupe was originally tested in the low 14s at the drag strip. Does it have what it takes to win against a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T?
This Mopar is very similar as far as specs go. Fitted with a 440 (7.2-liter) six-pack V8, this R/T hits the drag strip with 390 horsepower and 490 pound-feet (664 Nm) of twist. All that oomph travels to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic. On paper, the Challenger is a bit more powerful and a bit lighter at 3,644 pounds (1,653 kg). Interestingly enough, 1970 testing placed the R/T in the 14.4-second bracket, a bit slower than the Chevelle SS396.
Specifically, the Challenger runs the sprint in just 11.66 seconds, to go with a trap speed of 117.07 mph (188.4 kph). The Chevelle is only a tenth-second slower at 11.79 seconds, while its trap speed is just a tad below the Mopar’s at 116.55 mph (187.56 kph). It is a tight photo finish that sees the Challenger R/T win, but I’m pretty sure the Challenger could take it home faster if given a rematch.
Drag race aside, both cars are fine examples of properly maintained classic muscle cars with shiny paint jobs, perfect chrome, and clean engine bays. The metallic blue paint on the Chevelle is gorgeous too, but nothing beats a classic Mopar in Plum Crazy.