Dodge Dynasty

Can you really take seriously a vehicle called the 'Dynasty'? Obviously, this was not something that Dodge was concerned with given that in 1987, they did just that ' named a car the Dynasty. The Dodge Dynasty, was a front-wheel drive sedan that was introduced in 1987 as a 1988 model to replace the Diplomat as Dodge's mid-size car. The sister car to the Dodge Dynasty was the Chrysler New Yorker; both of which were built on the Chrysler C platform. Consumers in Canada will recognize this car as the Chrysler Dynasty. With all the confusion surround the Plymouth/Chrysler/Dodge naming, know that a Plymouth version of this model was never available anywhere. Yet, the Dynasty is very similar to the Chrysler Imperial, which was available from 1990 to 1993. They look so much alike partly due to the fact that it was on the same extended wheelbase chassis as the Fifth Avenue version of the Chrysler New Yorker It seems that naming a car Dynasty was a much better idea back in the '80 as people still remembered the popular 1980s primetime ABC-TV series, "Dynasty." In fact, one magazine humorously declared when the car debuted for the 1988 model year, "Blake and Krystle, your car is ready." The Dynasties were not however produced in Hollywood, but rather in Belvidere, Illinois. They were all available with either a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine, a Mitsubishi-built 3.0 L V6, and beginning in 1990, a Chrysler-built 3.3 L V6. The four-cylinder and 3.0 L V6 were available with an A413 three-speed automatic transmission, while the 3.3 L was offered solely with Chrysler's then-new and problematic electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission called the Ultradrive or A604. These problems didn't seem to slow down sales though; the Dodge Dynasty successfully became the head of its own dynasty of drivers.