The 400 and the Dodge Aries, the hot selling front-drive compact sedan, shared a basic k-car architecture. However, the 400 was dubbed the “Super K” from the DOdge engineering team because it also featured additional structure and enhancements. In a grand effort to give the buyers a luxury-car experience in a compact package extra sound insulation and other measures were utilized to make the ride as plush and quiet as possible
Premium upholstery materials, wood-grain interior trim and thick-pile carpeting were all additional luxury appointments included. Even more features were added in the optional LS package. This included things like velvet seats, a digital clock and a custom steering wheel. Two available engines (a 2.2-liter four-cylinder and a 2.6-liter Silent Shaft four-cylinder) and just one transmission (a three-speed automatic) made the 400 even more customizable.
The two available body styles for the Dodge 440 were a stylish two-door coupe and four-door sedan. The both featured thickly padded vinyl tops as standard equipment. A four-passenger coupe convertible was introduced halfway through 1982. Convertibles were extremely rare at the time, so it drew much media attention.
The 400 proved to be so successful in the compact luxury class that the coupe and convertible models were places up market in 1983 to become a part of the Dodge mid-sized line.
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