Test Your Dodge Knowledge!

At the Dodge Facebook page, we posed a test of knowledge for you Dodge experts. Here it goes:  The 1970 Dodge engine lineup included two 440-cubic-inch V8s with four-barrel carburetors. One 440 was rated at 350 horsepower; the other at 375 hp.


So: What were the differences between these two famous Dodge 440 engines?


Spoiler alert: the answer follows below, so if you don’t want to know yet, stop reading now.


The “standard” (if you will) Dodge 440 four-barrel that year had a bore and stroke of 4.32 inches by 3.75 inches, and used a single Carter carburetor, producing 350 hp at 4400 rpm.


The high-performance Magnum version sported the same bore and stroke and other key specs, including the Carter four-barrel carb. But the Magnum was upgraded with a windage tray, a heavy-duty timing chain, and a more aggressive camshaft with greater valve lift and duration. Thus equipped, the Magnum was rated at a whopping 375 hp at 4600 rpm, and 480 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm.


In fact, with just two exceptions—the 440 Six Pack and the legendary 426 Street Hemi—the 440 Magnum featured the highest power rating of any regular production Dodge V8 for a few years.


An additional bit of trivia: the Magnum 440 engines generally were marked at the factory with the letters HP (standing for “high performance” in Dodge lore) on the cylinder block adjacent to the distributor. If you knew that, be sure to give yourself some extra credit.



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  • Roadntrack
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    the Magnum got the better air cleaner & exhaust manifolds also.

  • Posted December 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    it seams you forgot the 1972 360 commando. 360 ci with 380 hp

  • Posted December 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I love my magnum 5.2 in my 2000 dodge ram 1500. with a factory chip and second chipping at the dealership, K&N cold air induction, Centerforce dual friction clutch pack, 5 spd standard trans, 4in glass pack on 3in exhaust pipe. it’s one of a kind. and it’s a DODGE! over 260,000 miles and counting and still running strong.

  • epicurus
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    In 1980, I was 17, and saved and borrowed to buy a seen better days 1970 Plymouth GTX with a 440 Super Commando engine. I think that was the Plymouth version of the Dodge Magnum engine. Loved the car, even though it had been through the wringer.

  • James
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    It was very very fast car! I have been in the car doing 140 mph.

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