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Plymouth Superbird specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1725 kg (3803 lbs)
Dimensions 5.74 m (226 in) long, 1.95 m (77 in) wide, 1.35 m (53 in) high
Wheelbase 2.97 m (117 in)
Introduced 1970
Origin country United States
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Submitted by Super8

Performance

0 - 60 mph5.6 s
1/4 mile13.5 s @ 105.0 mph
Top speed298 kph (185 mph)

Powertrain

Engine type Chrysler 426 Hemi V8
Displacement 7.0 l (426 ci / 6981 cc)
Power 431 ps (425 bhp / 317 kw) @ 5000 rpm
Torque 664 Nm (490 lb-ft) @ 4000 rpm
Power / liter 62 ps (61 hp)
Power / weight 250 ps (246 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 385 Nm (284 lb-ft) / t
Transmission 4 Speed Manual
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive
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Plymouth  5m ago

Plymouth was one of NASCAR legendary cars


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Jack  2y ago

I read that the Arizona state police got one in a drug bust they changed the rear ratio to 2.73 and put taller read wheels and tires, it was stock except for these mods, they claimed out in the desert they could catch 1990s Ferraries just by driving right up behind them at top speed and theyed just pull on over because the mopars could hit 205 in street mode.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8: No, I counted 4 gears.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8: I don't remember, let me look again.


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Super8  8y ago

I didn't read the gearbox. Is that 6 Speed?


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Shaggy  8y ago

The Charger Daytona in that 277 MPH run sounded supercharged, but the engine was normally aspirated.


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Mental  8y ago

277 mph! Holy Hell! Simply unbelievable... Tires must have burnt out after the run. And what a sound..mmmm...


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8: I looked on automobile-catalog.com, according to the site, the top speed of a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona is 120 MPH, I know that can't be right, my Mom's 2010 Grand Caravan can beat that. LOL
I never even heard of a supercharged version of the Charger Daytona until I came to this site.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8: I don't doubt the racing version can go 220 MPH, the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird were so fast, they were eventually banned from NASCAR. Most likely it's the version with the close ratio transmission, which was more popular that could do 145 MPH, the speeds you're talking about could only be accomplished with a long ratio, but I don't doubt it could go that fast with just a change in gear ratio, a lot of the old school muscle cars were only limited in top speed by their gear ratios, their transmissions allowed them to accelerate quickly, but probably not reach a speed fast enough to be limited by aerodynamics.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8: Great video, but the car in the video had a 498 Hemi modified by Roy Barton with 900 horsepower at the wheels. The NASCAR engine was a 426 Race Hemi.


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Super8  8y ago

@ Shaggy: The video for Super Daytona hit 277 mph http://www.streetlegaltv.com/news/video-on-board-a-277-mph-%E2%80%9869-dodge-daytona-at-bonneville/
It said it modified just like in NASCAR


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Super8  8y ago

@ Shaggy: As far as I know, NASCAR version can do more than that. Up to 220 mph+. The other 200 mph Daytona is Supercharger version. It has 575 Hp. The fastest standard is 165 mph but slow 0-60 mph and typo version about 185 mph with tune in carbs.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8: Close ratio, don't know the exact ratio number. Only the racing versions for NASCAR could reach 200 MPH, longer gear ratio. The fact that one could do 200 MPH with so few modifications confirms my suspicion that the 426 Hemi makes a lot more than the 480 horsepower that many people claim. The 426 Hemi is my favorite engine from the muscle car era. I got 145 MPH from a book I read years ago, I was still in high school when I read it. I'll believe in the higher top speed when I read it from a more reliable source, many of the top speeds on this site are incorrect. I'm not saying I couldn't be wrong, too.


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Super8  8y ago

@ Shaggy: on which ratio? Standard one with 3.23 final can reach 163 mph. Both of them. On test track both can reach 200 mph on slick and some tweek tune in carbs and wide ratio while the engine still standard.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8 and Viking: Actual top speed: 145 MPH.


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Shaggy  8y ago

They didn't sell very well, many people were put off so much by their oddball styling that many Dodge Charger Daytonas and Plymouth Roadrunner Superbirds sat in dealerships for 2 years before finally being bought. I would have bought one, they look weird, but they're quick, fast and powerful.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Ferrari Driver: Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird were both built by the same company, just sold under different divisions. Only around 500 were built of each, I was blessed enough to see 2 of them in my lifetime, and I'm only 28 years old. Many people go their whole lives without ever seeing one.


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Ferrari driver  8y ago

Such a nice car, is not it?
In the 70s it was a challenger to other muscle cars like the Dodge Charger Daytona.
298 km/h where fast for the 70s.
It is a pity that there were no tests.
Of course, the track performance would not be as good as in other cars of those days (for example: Lamborghini Miura or Ferrari 'Daytona').
But I think it is a way faster than a Miura in straight line.

I am one lucky person who had the opportunity to see and hear this car.
I never will forget that experience!


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Bijan  9y ago

@ Viking my friend the aerodynamics of the wing wonders and the 69 GTO with endura front end and no bumpers, maybe close , I think the Wing Wonders slightly better ,too .but the RamAir IV engine capable to 7500 rpm red line ( Pontiac claim 8 grand) with 3.31,3.55,3.91,4.33 final ratios.I speak about Street version of this car , no NASCAR form. anyway in my opinion The Superbird one of the most important Muscle cars with unique styling and brilliant performance.


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Viking  9y ago

One of my neighbors had a 1970 Superbird back in the '70 to '74 time frame, before I moved away, but I never drove it, and certainly can't confirm its top speed. However, I do have some very old books (long out of print) that have lots of info on the cars of the "muscle car era". So I could be wrong if my source material isn't correct.


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Viking  9y ago

@Bijan I didn't forget about the GTO Judge Ram Air IV, or the Chevelle 454 SS LS-6. Both of those cars had similar real power to the 426 Hemi. However, with the poor aerodynamics of their standard bodies they were drag limited to roughly 150 mph (or a bit more) with the right gearing. The winged wonders (Daytona and Superbird) were capable of 160 mph with the standard 3.23 rear. NASCAR used a non-standard ratio that was taller (a lower numerical raio) and some engine tweaks in order to go even faster.


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Bijan  9y ago

Dear Viking , The Superbird even with 426 Hemi engine, was not the fastest stock muscle car in that era.
Do you forget the 69 GTO The Judje with RA VI(Ultra high rev engine) or the 1970 chevelle SS LS-6 454 with 3.31 std and 3.08 opt final ratio ?


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Super8  9y ago

@ Viking : You're back! That's good!
@ Orenthal : Even Plymouth and Dodge claim that speed, Charger Daytona and Superbird could only run 160 mph on standard final ratio but if it using optional 3.54 ratio it can reach 160 mph +


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Viking  9y ago

Yes, the Superbird was the fastest stock muscle car. It had very well developed aerodynamics since they used a wind tunnel to make it better for NASCAR competition. NASCAR back then was a stock car race series. Stock bodies, and only factory equipment available through dealers were mandatory for all competition cars. Very different from today.


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Orenthal_Blitz  9y ago

so plymouth superbird is the fastest muscle in the world i guess ^^ that's a fast muscle


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Viking  9y ago

@Orenthal_Blitz I would have to agree that this car isn't that fast. When modified for NASCAR racing it could reach 200 mph at Talledega. In stock form the Superbird with 426 hemi and 3.23 rear axle and standard size tires would reach 160 mph at redline. Very impressive for 1970!!


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Orenthal_Blitz  9y ago

i wont believe that this machine can reach 325 km/h,MUSCLES ARE ALWAYS SLOW!


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Super8  9y ago

@ Jeff B : Yeah that one is 1970 Superbird 440 Magnum V8. This one that i post is the optional version 426 Hemi



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Super8  9y ago

@ Jeff B : That's 440 Magnum Version