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Cuda 426 HEMI
Plymouth
Plymouth logo
120,000 CR
Model year: 1971
Performance Index: C 371
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
SPEED
5.3
HANDLING
3.9
ACCELERATION
7.0
LAUNCH
6.1
BRAKING
3.8
Advanced Performance
Power: 425 HP (316 kW)
Torque: 490 lb ft (664 N·m)
Weight: 3880 lbs (1759 Kg)
Front: 58%
Displ: 7.0 L
Power/weight: 241 HP per ton

180 kW per ton

The 1970 ‘Cuda was already a mean-looking muscle car, but for 1971 Plymouth turned up the heat with a revised front end designed to resemble the snarling, toothy smile of its namesake barracuda. And lest you think that this visual treatment was simply hype, right behind the grille resides one of the most mammoth and untamed motors ever set loose on the street—the 426 HEMI. Cudas were instantly legendary, but insurance prices and the lack of a warranty made them uncommon when new, with the result that present-day auction prices for HEMI-equipped Cudas can reach seven-figure selling prices. That shouldn’t be such a shock because E-Body Cudas bring the trifecta of auction value: ludicrous performance, stunning looks, and low production numbers. Don’t expect subtlety, though; with loud colors like purple and orange, big side stripes, chromed fender gills, and a big trunk spoiler, the Cuda demands attention. By fully leaving behind its humble, Valiant-based roots, the Cuda became a full-bore supercar, and a few passes on the dragstrip will leave no doubt in your mind that the ultimate Cuda is a superb machine.

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