Watch the Iconic Hemi 'Cuda Drag Race a Plymouth Road Runner
The late ‘60s and early ‘70s saw many titans of the muscle car world, each one churning out more power than the next. But of all the legends and their engines one motor in particular rises to the top of the pile. The “elephant engine” itself, Chrysler’s storied 426ci., 425 horsepower Hemi V8. It’s a rare one, too. Between 1966 and 1971, a mere 11,000 Street Hemi V8s were produced and issued throughout the Chrysler family. They ended up in Chargers, Challengers, Coronets, as well as these two Plymouth powerhouses – the Road Runner and the epic ‘Cuda. Recently, this rare Plymouth pairing met at a drag strip and decide to exercise that Hemi muscle, squaring off during a quarter-mile pass. Take a look at the run below, it’s surely a close one. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the Legendary 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda
The Plymouth duo finish in very close succession–a searing 11.85 seconds at 121 mph for the ’68 Road Runner and a heady 11.98 seconds for the ‘70 ‘Cuda. The times are impressive even by today’s standards, though the four-decade old muscle cars likely have had a bit of a freshening done under the hood. Then again, the Hemi was notoriously underrated at 425 horsepower, and perhaps a slight tune is all you need to unlock 11-second passes.
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In its day, the dual four-barrel 426ci V8 would rocket the Hemi ‘Cuda to 60 mph in around 5.7 seconds and through the quarter mile in 14 ticks of the watch. That same engine provided similar numbers under the hood of the Road Runner, both catapulted along thanks to Chrysler’s three-speed Torqueflite automatic.
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