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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe

It was the last hope for the struggled Chrysler company.

The smallest of the big-tree was facing bankruptcy, and in the 25th hour, the Dodge Aries/Plymouth Reliant saved the company.

After years of small investments into the R&D department, Chrysler had to pay the bill and found itself on a shifted market that didn't want its large cars during the 1975 oil crisis. Then, the market shifted again in the late '70s and asked for larger vehicles while Chrysler didn't have them anymore. A late developed K-platform with a front-wheel-drive system saved the company.

Dodge Aries, and its sibling Plymouth Reliant, looked boxy like the designers made the mock-up from plywood. But that didn't really matter since the proportions were right, and the car didn't look like it was hanging over its front wheels. A slightly sloped beltline inspired a dynamic look, especially for the coupe version.


Inside, the Dodge Aries featured comfortable seats and a cheap base model but decently equipped with air-conditioning, power windows, and a stereo. It was enough for a commuter vehicle. Its customers appreciated the simple dashboard with an easy-to-read instrument cluster. There was enough room for five, even in the two-door configuration. The upholstery was far better on the upper trim levels, and Dodge offered the car with an 8-track.

For the drivetrain, the Aries was fitted with a choice of three, four-cylinder engines. The top version was fuel-injected, and that the fuel-efficiency into a decent area.

DODGE Aries Coupe 1981 - 1989 8 Photos
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DODGE Aries Coupe 1981 - 1989
  4 gasoline engines
  • 2.2L 3AT (84 HP)
  • 2.2L 4MT (84 HP)
  • 2.5L 3AT (100 HP)
  • 2.6L 3AT (92 HP)

DODGE Aries Coupe 2.2L 3AT (84 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L 3AT (84 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2213 cm3
Power
62.5 KW @ 4800 RPM
85 HP @ 4800 RPM
84 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
151 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
95 mph (153 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P 175/75 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
52.4 in (1331 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.6/57 in (1,463/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
99.6 in (2530 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.2 cuFT (430 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2366 lbs (1073 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Highway
35 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)

DODGE Aries Coupe 2.2L 4MT (84 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.2L 4MT (84 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2213 cm3
Power
62.5 KW @ 4800 RPM
85 HP @ 4800 RPM
84 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
111 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
151 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
98 mph (158 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P 175/75 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
52.4 in (1331 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.6/57 in (1,463/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
99.6 in (2530 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.2 cuFT (430 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2326 lbs (1055 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Highway
41 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)

DODGE Aries Coupe 2.5L 3AT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L 3AT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2501 cm3
Power
74.6 KW @ 4800 RPM
101.4 HP @ 4800 RPM
100 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
133 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
180 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P 175/75 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
52.4 in (1331 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.6/57 in (1,463/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
99.6 in (2530 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.2 cuFT (430 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2524 lbs (1145 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
Highway
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)

DODGE Aries Coupe 2.6L 3AT (92 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.6L 3AT (92 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2555 cm3
Power
68.4 KW @ 4500 RPM
93 HP @ 4500 RPM
92 BHP @ 4500 RPM
Torque
131 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
178 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100 mph (161 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P 175/75 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
52.4 in (1331 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.6/57 in (1,463/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
99.6 in (2530 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.2 cuFT (430 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2425 lbs (1100 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
Highway
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Combined
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
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