The narrator states that the 170 was one of the Barracuda's engines, but that might not be accurate. In the Standard Catalog of Chrysler, the note under the 1965 Barracuda engines states, "The 225 cubic-inch engine was standard in Barracuda Six." The 1966 Barracuda refers back to the 1965 engine data. Under the 1967 description, it states, "...the 170 cubic-inch Six was not available in 1967 Barracudas." Otherwise, a generally favorable review:
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Yes, those were advertised HP ratings at the time. And yes those were gross ratings. I had a Formula S Barracuda with the 235 hp 273 with a 4 spd trans in the mid 70's. The previous owner had replaced the 3:54 rear axle with a 2:73. Acceleration wasn't the greatest but it was a great road car. Third gear was very versatile, especially for passing at higher speeds. I wish I still had that car. I sold it to a friend with the stipulation that if he ever sold it I was to have first dibs. He burned-out the clutch and junked it. I could have killed him. kk
I don't recall the 273 hanging around long enough to get a net rating.
1969 was its last year. Too bad it was dropped, it was a good little engine. The other makes also either dropped their smaller V8 engines, or increased their cubic-inch dimensions, around the same time.
It would have been handy later on, I suspect. Quite a hot little motor with the right carburetion, but I think the only car it was really needed for was the Valiant, and when they increased the engine bay and made the E-body, the 273 was superfluous.