Have you ever thought about what the acronym HEMI means? Well it is not an acronym, it is the registered trade mark for the powerful Chrysler HEMI® V8 engine that was developed in the 1950’s. It is a very unique designed engine with a name that is derived from the word “hemisphere”. With the development of the original design that transformed the combustion chamber into a hemisphere form. Meaning there is a conclave chamber above the cylinder head with the spark plug located at the top of the chamber and with the valves on each side that causes the air to flow across the cylinder head thereby igniting the fuel and creating a more efficient cross airflow for the in-take and exhaust valves.
Chrysler has produced three generations of this engine design. The first generation is described above and is referred to as the “Chrysler Fire Power Engine” it produces 331 cubic inches (5.4L V8) of horsepower. With the evolution of muscle cars during the 50’s and 60’s this engine generated car sales growth and the buying public’s desire for more and more horsepower making the Dodge mussel cars of that era one of the top choices for “street machines”. The second engine introduced was the 426 HEMI (7.0L V8) developed for NASCAR in the early 1960’s. A street version of this engine was produced in 1966. The third version is the 5.7L V8 HEMI® with 345 cubic inches of displacement it produced 345 horsepower. The combustion chamber in this engine is no longer a true hemispherical design. It has two spark plugs for more fuel burning efficiency. This engine is designed for cost savings while providing maximum economy making it an excellent engine for smaller automobile frames.
In the 2013 RAM Truck series today’s HEMI® V8 is a marvel in engineering. With Fuel Saver Technology it delivers 372 HP when connected to a five speed automatic transmission with “Best in Class” 25 MPG hwy or with a standard TREMEC® six speed manual transmission producing a hard working, strong towing 375 horsepower. Available in all models of RAM Trucks starting with the RAM 1500, winner of the 2013 Motor Trend “Truck of the Year” through the Powerful RAM heavy duty 5500 series with a option of the new 6.4L HEMI VVTY V8 producing 367 HP. All RAM trucks may be equipped with a HEMI® to go anywhere, do anything, and get the job done.
The 2013 Chrysler 300 meets all of your city, highway, or Interstate driving expectations. With a quite road hugging powerful HEMI® 5.7L V8 it delivers 363 horsepower and 16 city/ 25 hwy MPG. This is outstanding performance with the boost to provide a smooth relaxing ride at the speeds allowed in today’s hectic pressure driving environment and when power is not required the Fuel Saver Technology takes over without you doing anything.
Next up we find the HEMI® 5.7L V8 in the 2013 Dodge Challenger RT, RT Plus, R/T Classic and R/T SRT8 models. What a rush, from 0-60 before you get settled into the seat, this mussel car is still the favorite of all generations since the 60’s.
Speaking of the sixty’s, who remembers the Super Bee®? The 2013 SRT® Super Bee is sporting the 6.4L HEMI® V8 with an eye popping 470 HP engine with 470 ft/lb of torque. This will get you where you are going in a hurry and with Fuel Saver Technology to save those precious gallons of gas.
Rounding out the Dodge Charger series is the Dodge Charger SRT8® with the same powerful 6.4L HEMI® V8 and a lot of extras to complement this top of the line power house. Drop by Hoyte Dodge in Sherman Texas. Crank it up and listen to the surge.
Future blogs will present the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT® and 2013 Viper SRT® featuring the HEMI® V8 engine. Stay tuned.
The powerful HEMI® V8 engine is featured at Hoyte Dodge. We have a large selection of new and used vehicles with this award winning engine for sale. Our friendly dealership is located at 2300 North Highway 75 in Sherman Texas. We may be contacted by calling 866-211-9037 or visit us on the web at hoytedodge for a complete listing of current bargains on New Specials and Used Specials. You can like us on Facebook, pin us on Pinterest, or follow us on Twitter.
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