Dodge Monaco Engine
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The Monaco name was used by Chrysler Corp. as a model name within the Dodge product line on two occasions. In its earliest incarnation, the Dodge Monaco was a full-sized automobile designed for the luxury automobile market. Later versions were downsized in response to fuel costs and consumer preferences. Technology alone generated other changes in the engine options for the Monaco over the years.
The early version of the Dodge Monaco saw production from 1965 to 1978. It was discontinued as fuel prices climbed in the late 1970s and the American car-buying public turned away from full-sized luxury cars. The early Dodge Monaco came standard with at 6.28-liter V-8 engine that generated about 315 horsepower. Buyers could optionally add a four-barrel carburetor for an extra 15 horsepower. Optional engines included the 6.6-liter and 7.2-liter V-8 engines, which produced as much as 350 horsepower. Changes in fuel formulations in 1971 required changes in engine compression ratios which caused a reduction in horsepower from the same engines after that date.
The 1977 and 1978 model year Dodge Monaco was downsized to a mid-sized car with a six-cylinder 3.7-liter engine available. The larger engines were still available including a high performance 7.2-liter engine issued as part of the lines police car package. The Dodge Monaco ceased production after the 1978 model year.
The Dodge Monaco was briefly resurrected in 1990. When Chrysler Corp. acquired American Motors Corp. it also acquired the Eagle line of cars. This included contracts with Renault to purchase drive trains. Chrysler decided to market the vehicle previously known as the Eagle Premier as the new Dodge Monaco utilizing the Renault engines and transmissions.
This vehicle was available with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The vehicle was larger than Chrysler’s popular K-car line and did not sell well. This version of the Dodge Monaco was discontinued after two years.
The original line of Dodge Monaco products had success in movie and television product placements usually as police cars. The movie “Smokey and the Bandit 2” set a record for a car jump when a Dodge Monaco soared more than 150 feet in a chase sequence. The Blues Brothers traveled in the Bluesmobile which was actually a Dodge Monaco formerly used as a police car.