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A friend of mine was really into Mopars right as these limited editions came out, and I'm fairly sure that he said that they were equipped with the same high-output 360 that the Lil Red Express had.

Keep in mind, in '78, the Lil Red Express was the quickest American assembly-line produced vehicle produced even beating the Corvette, as the half-ton trucks had lesser emissions restrictions than passenger cars. I would be surprised if they made a big block version for such a limited run, given the poor performance of the big block that year.

Same friend who talked about the limited edition '78 vehicles has a '78 Magnum XE with the 400 4bbl factory towing package and only about 8000 miles on it, and it was so weak from the factory that it couldn't spin a tire with the open differential. He has since rectified that, but if that's indicative of the performance at the end of the '70s, then I would be greatly surprised if the Midnite Express, the Midnite Charger, or any other limited edition vehicle was any better than the Lil Red Express.
 
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