Introduced in 1987 for the 1988 model year, the Dodge Dynasty was produced by Chrysler as a replacement for the 600 as Dodge’s mid-size car. The Dynasty shared many traits with the Chrysler New Yorker and indeed both were built on the same Chrysler C platform. The Dodge Dynasty was one of the new generation front wheel drive sedans. The Dynasty is also quite similar to its cousing the Chrysler Imperial and the Chrysler Fifth Avenue. All the cars in this line up were intended as luxury vehicles intended for that market.
The Dodge Dynasty was built and released in its first year with a 2.5 Liter inline-4 Chrysler engine. Some of the trim levels were also offered with a Mitsubishi motor, a 3.0 Liter V6. These models were offered with an A415 three-speed automatic transmission. There was aslo a Chrysler 3.3 Liter V6 offered in some of its production years and this engine was offered with Chryslers’s new electronically-controlled four speed automatic transmission which also went by the name Ultradrive. The 3.o engine was a non interference engine designed so that if the timing belt were to break no further damage is done to the pistons and valves.
The Dodge Dynasty was popular but many believe it did not perform as well as Chrysler had hoped because it its styling. Lee Iacocca was still at the head of Chrysler at the time and it was no secret that he much preferred the boxier style designs of the early eighties. This was a problem for the Dynasty because the newly designed Ford Taurus had just hit the market and it have smooth curving and European styling and it was obvious immediately which design the public preferred.
The name Dynasty is rumored to have been chosen because a popular night time soap opera of the day by the same name. However most credit the fact that the late 1980′s and early 1990′s cars released by Chrysler were built on a royalty theme and that the name simply followed that same train of thought.
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