The early ’70s gave us, probably the best we could ever get from the world of muscle cars, mechanics, and drag racing. Some of the best cars available at that time were the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda and the 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV, and today we have both these cars racing at the drag strip. Therefore, first, we going to meet their performance before watching the actual race between the two legends.
This Orange Mopar 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda has Chrysler’s 426 cubic-inch 7.0-liter big-block Hemi V8 engine. Factory rated at 425 horsepower and 490 lb.-ft. of torque. The TorqueFlite 727 3-speed automatic transmission spins the Dana 60 rear axle with a 4.10 gear ratio, connected with 15-inch steel wheels wrapped with a set of Goodyear Polyglas GT F60 tires.
The ‘69 GTO is powered by a General Motors 400 cubic-inch, 6.6-liter V8 engine. This engine with the Ram Air IV system, high-flow intake, and exhaust manifolds, and the Rochester QuadraJet four-barrel carburetor is capable to generate 370 horsepower and 445 lb.-ft. of torque. All that power of the engine is transferred via three-speed automatic transmission and rear-end with 4.33 gear ratio at the rear wheels.
Both these classic American muscle cars achieved impressive ¼ mile drag time. Their best time of the three runs was: for the ‘60 GTO Ram Air IV was 12.10 seconds at 115.5 mph, while the ‘70 Hemi Cuda had a time of 11.81 seconds at 117.3 mph. The Hemi Cuda takes the victory in all three ¼ mile runs, which makes him an ultimate classic muscle car. Enjoy the video.