The 1971 Dodge Challenger RT is a two-door model and it was one of the models of the 1970 Dodge Challenger. However, the 1970 model Dodge Challenger RT was introduced in both coupe and convertible body styles during the 1970 renovation. Although the 1971 Challenger RT was the redesigned version of the earlier model, it was released only in the coupe body style for the model year 1971.
The chassis of the 1971 Dodge Challenger RT was unit-body derived, with a front sub-structure that includes three cross members and two side rails. The middle cross-member in the sub-structure was called as the K-member, as it was shaped similar to a K, and it supported the front suspension and the engine.
The 1971 model Challenger RT had not experienced much change in its external design, except for a novel plastic grill and back panel. In the front, it came outfitted with an angled, dual-panel venturi grille, which was fixed between the headlights, whereas at the back, the previous single-piece taillights were divided into two, integrating the reverse lights.
The Challenger RT 71 was offered with body-colored fiberglass-fake double air scoops, facing each back wheel, and it could be ordered with plastic, body-painted Elastomeric front and back bumpers and a vinyl top.
The quarter and trunk panels, including the rockers are common areas, as well, as is the cowl about the hood hinges and brake master cylinder. Floors, in general, in the lowest tips of the footwalls, can be corroded in this model, as well, and the corrosion might even extend under the seats.
The Challenger RT was offered with comprehensive interior kits that contain:
Front and back seat upholstery.
Front and back door panels.
Pillar post castings.
The 1971 Challenger RT was outfitted with lofty-back bucket seats with cast headrests available in different attractive colors, such as black, blue, green, white, tan and gold. Vinyl and leather upholstery were available on the model, as well, but they were available only in black color.
Some of the standard 1971 Dodge Challenger RT interior features available with the Challenger RT include:
Woodgrain dash panel.
150 MPH speedometer.
A floor-installed cassette player or recorder with a discretionary plug-in microphone was the new inclusion and is also a favorite innovation item today. The model was offered with a three-spoke steering wheel rimmed with woodgrain as standard, whereas a 14½-inch Tuff wheel with a cushioned rim was offered as an option.
1971 Dodge Challenger RT Engine
The 71 Challenger RT was powered by a 300-HP 383 engine or by a 275-HP 340 engine. The discretionary V-code 440 Six Pack was tuned again to get 5 HP of power to get the total power output of 385 horsepower @ 4,700 RPM and a maximum torque of 490 pounds per foot @ 3,200 RPM. It utilized a fake performance crankshaft, Magna fluxed connecting rods, heavy-duty valve springs, the 2.08-inch-diameter intake and high-tension oil control rings and exhausts valves with the diameter of 1.75 inches. It also had the feature of being outwardly balanced, something that was not available on Mopars. The 2017 model Challenger RT was offered with a three-speed manual transmission as standard and a four-speed manual transmission was offered as an option.
Engines were(source Wikipedia):
198 cu in (3.24 L) Slant 6 I6
225 cu in (3.69 L) Slant 6 I6
318 cu in (5.21 L) LA V8
340 cu in (5.6 L) LA V8
360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8
383 cu in (6.28 L) B V8
426 cu in (6.98 L) Hemi V8
440 cu in (7.2 L) RB V8
1971 Dodge Challenger RT value
The original pricing particulars of the 1971 Dodge Challenger RT was not available, however, todays price for this muscle car legend starts from $40,000.
See also: 1969 Dodge Charger RT, 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Dodge Challenger RT 1971 photos