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NINETY EIGHT REGENCY, August 19, 2015 in Chrysler
I did like these, but they weren't competition to the Seville or Continental.
Problem is that it looked like a Dodge Dynasty with covered headlights. It also had about as much horsepower as a food blender, while their so called competition had V8s. I do like the Imperial name though, sounds way cooler than 300. They should bring back Imperlal, Intrepid, Crossifre, or use a concept name like Chronos. Those names sound powerful.
Chrysler always did have a knack for good names.
Only the Seville had a V8. The Continental was running a V6 (with only 10 more horsepower) at the time as was the Park Ave, but the Park Ave could be had with the supercharged V6 which was certainly worth the upgrade. The Park Ave Utlra would have been the most powerful car of the group. (Even the Cadillac V8 was only making 200 hp to the Park Ave's 205 hp), and with strong low-end torque.
It's strange, the earlier models had a SOHC 24 Valve 3.0 Liter V6, but it was later replaced with a much more powerful and torquey pushrod 3.8 liter V6 that made 215 ft-lb at very civilized 2750 rpm instead of the 172 ft-lb at 3600 rpm of the SOHC unit. It's almost like someone at Chrysler knew how to improve the car by switching to a pushrod engine.
The 3.0 liter Imperial was really weak. Cadillac had the Northstar in 1993, that blew away anything Chrysler or Lincoln had.
Dodge has good names too, like Charger, Magnum, Hellcat, Avenger, Stealth. Who ever was in the naming department of Dodge/Chrsyler did a fantastic job. Too bad the people actually designing and building the cars did not.
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