1971 Dodge Challenger vs. 2008 Dodge Ram

To start off, 2008 Dodge Ram is newer by 37 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1971 Dodge Challenger. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1971 Dodge Challenger would be higher. At 5,654 cc (8 cylinders), 2008 Dodge Ram is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2008 Dodge Ram (345 HP @ 5400 RPM) has 222 more horse power than 1971 Dodge Challenger. (123 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2008 Dodge Ram should accelerate faster than 1971 Dodge Challenger. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2008 Dodge Ram weights approximately 275 kg more than 1971 Dodge Challenger. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1971 Dodge Challenger is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1971 Dodge Challenger. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2008 Dodge Ram, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2008 Dodge Ram (510 Nm @ 4200 RPM) has 277 more torque (in Nm) than 1971 Dodge Challenger. (233 Nm @ 2400 RPM). This means 2008 Dodge Ram will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1971 Dodge Challenger.

Compare all specifications:

1971 Dodge Challenger 2008 Dodge Ram
Make Dodge Dodge
Model Challenger Ram
Year Released 1971 2008
Body Type Convertible Pickup
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 3685 cc 5654 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 123 HP 345 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 233 Nm 510 Nm
Torque RPM 2400 RPM 4200 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Number of Seats 4 seats 6 seats
Number of Doors 2 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1470 kg 1745 kg
Vehicle Length 4870 mm 6300 mm
Vehicle Width 1940 mm 2030 mm
Vehicle Height 1290 mm 1900 mm
Wheelbase Size 2800 mm 4080 mm


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