19th Jan 2012, 06:39

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.

25th Apr 2012, 03:26

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)


25th Apr 2012, 03:34

The 340 was in the E55 auto only Charger.

25th Apr 2012, 03:50

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.

3rd May 2012, 04:09

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.

1st Oct 2012, 09:23

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.

18th Mar 2014, 12:35

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.

22nd Jun 2014, 09:12

But just remember, if Chrysler had put their 340 V8 in the Charger, it would have been a different story for the GTHO.

3rd Jan 2016, 23:30

Loved the facts about these cars: very interesting. I use to cruise around in a Charger at university and it looked amazing. Today I own a 1973 XBGT sedan and love it. I bought it because it fits 5 people easily, is right hand drive, sounds great and looks great.

Let's not forget that all these fantastic cars all look great, and time hasn't taken any of that away and never will. They are timeless. The price tags prove the same.

Modern cars are quicker, faster, handle better etc, but no one ever takes a second look at a BMW, Audi etc - I know as I've owned these cars.

You can't say "if this" or "if that": you can only compare with what was.

Let's remember and love these cars for what they were, are, and represent today.

20th Apr 2017, 14:53

The E-49 did 0-60 mph in 6.1 not 6.3 secs. Also faster through the gears all the way to the ton.

30th Nov 2018, 12:16

The V6 Ecotec engine could outrun a lot of the old V8s, and from the VN to the VY (even in wagon form), the bodies are lighter. Our one does 220 easily; not bad for a V6.

23rd Feb 2019, 22:57

It wasn't the fastest production car in the world then was it.

2nd Mar 2019, 17:14

22:57. He likes it. Why beat it up.