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1971 Dodge Challenger

1971 Challenger

The 1971 Dodge Challenger remained largely unchanged for the 1971 production year. Minor changes to the grill incorporated two horizontal openings, new tail lamps, and small scoops on the quarter panels were the most noticeable.

Models:

Base: slant six or 318 2bbl. However, options included the 340, and 383. However, at this level don't expect a performance image.

R/T: 383 standard motor. Ralleye suspension, heavy-duty drum brakes. Ralleye instrument cluster, and performance hood (scoops). Also, optional bumblebee stripes. Optional motors included the 440, 440 six pack, and the 426 hemi. Optional Trak Pak (gears and sure grip). 4 speed models came with pistol grip shifters.

SE: High trim level - wheel mouldings, bumper guards, vinyl roof, overhead interior console.

R/T SE: Essentially and R/T with SE options.

R/T Convertible:

The 1971 Dodge Challenger had the R/T SE and R/T convertible removed from production. The most noticeable change from 1970 were the grill (now has 2 small slits), the taillights, and the addition of 2 scoops on the quarter panels.

Powertrain options:

Cid Compression Horsepower Torque
225 8.4 145 @ 4000 215 @ 2400
340 10.5 275 @ 4800 340 @ 3500
318 9.0 230 @ 4400 340 @ 2400
383 10.0 325 @ 4800 425 @ 2800
440 10.1 375 @ 4600 480 @ 3200
440-6 10.1 390 @ 4700 490 @ 3600
426 10.25 425 @ 5000 490 @ 4000

 

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