It is certainly hard to believe that any vehicle can have too much power, yet the 1969 Plymouth Cuda 440 was right there on that edge. The idea was to give this particular pony car more power than the competitors. Those into racing definitely were interested in this very high-powered machine. They felt it may be their ticket to getting an edge on some of their competitors.
While the idea for the power under the hood of the 1969 Plymouth Cuda was wonderful, there were problems that arose from it. This high level of power made it hard to control the vehicle during turns. That power was fine for a drag racing strip where the car was going straight but terrible for turns on a track. This was due to more than half of the weight of the vehicle being right over the front tires.
You have to keep in mind that in 1969, they didn’t have the technology that is available today. With such a large engine, it was hard to find room for all of the components. For example, where to put the power steering unit kept the car on hold from 1967 to 1969. Drum brakes had to be used, too, because there was no room for the disc brake assembly to be placed.
Even though there were some concerns with the power of the 1969 Plymouth Cuda 440, it was a great turning point for muscle cars. The design ideas used in developing the 1969 Plymouth Cuda 440 were great, so the next step was to find a logical way to bring them together better in the subsequent year models. The 1969 Plymouth Cuda 440 should be given credit for being the start of the path for some significant improvements in the world of muscle cars.