Chrysler Australia never planned on putting the 340 into a Charger. That was the Americans telling them. They had tested built and dynoed a 300ci version of the hemi with a wild cam that was said by Leo Geoghegan "would barely idle but proved unreal". The hemi six was always meant for 300ci in American trucks, but big V8's took over. If you ask me, the hemi six is at the top tier of engine design and build.
Actual figures for the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3.
0-62 mph (100 km/h): 6.3 seconds
Standing 1/4 mile (~400 m): 14.2 seconds
Top speed: 229 km/h (142.3 mph)
The 340 was in the E55 auto only Charger.
The V8 R/T was conceived by Chrysler Australia. The first option was the 360, but the 340 was considered the more advanced motor at the time, and developed more power. The 340 was suggested thus by Chrysler in the US. A V8 sports model was on the cards from the outset of the Charger development. As the performance was considered adequate, the 340 came strangled with a 180CFM carby and a poor exhaust manifold design when released. The potential was there, and Chrysler Australia again rushed a Charger into production, and then made plans for the upgrades to follow on the next model with a manual gearbox. Alas this never occurred.
Better breathing and a manual box shows cuts of well over a second on the 400m time in otherwise stock cars.
G day mate, just replying on what you said about the Charger beating the Phase III, mid 13 seconds. But true to the fact, is the ultimate machine was the Phase 4 GTHO; it ran at 12.25 in the quarter mile in its fourth gear. Now you're wondering how do I know this? Well my mate had one and smashed it, but I have the figures of the run he did. Go mighty Fords.
Dream on mate. No Falcon ever did a 12.25 in the quarter. No Falcon even got into the 13's. You're misguided fella. I also think your mate didn't have one, as only four were made, and only one is still around. Admit it, you can't handle it that a Valiant is the fastest Australian muscle car from the seventies. Origins in the US. Go Australian Chryslers.
Hi Kevin, go to the moparUK forum, PM me CLPete and I can look at the copies of the original imports list for you. I'd need the VIN or engine number though - the body number isn't enough I'm afraid.
But just remember, if Chrysler had put their 340 V8 in the Charger, it would have been a different story for the GTHO.
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