the heyday of the muscle car era, the Hemi in the Plymouth and other
Mopar muscle cars was one of the most desired power plants on the car
market. As the fuel crisis of the 70's heated up, the Hemi eventually
died out with the other gas guzzling power plants of the late 60's
and very early 70's.When Chrysler decided to revamp its image
and appeal to buyers who wanted more power (and remembered the Mopar
Hemi engine from the muscle car era), the automaker brought the Hemi
back to the market. Many will recall the commercial featuring the
pair of rednecks asking, "That thing got a Hemi?" that
helped cars and trucks packing the engine to sell very well for
Chrysler.The problem today with the image of the Hemi is that
many consumers and automakers are now starting to focus on green
vehicles with better fuel economy and less focus on performance and
power. With the entire image of the Hemi built on power and
performance, Chrysler is now reportedly retiring the Hemi moniker
Wall Street Journal reports
that some dealers have stated that the Hemi
name is being retired, but the 5.7-liter V8 engine that bears the
name will live on in cars and trucks. Rather than the vehicles
wearing the Hemi badge and marketing, the vehicles will simply be
sold with a 5.7-liter V8.The
that the retirement of the Hemi name is a reflection of the changes
being made under the new management from Fiat with more focus on fuel
economy and features making the vehicles using the V8 easier on the
wallet and environment. One of the features that will be touted is
displacement reduction that can turn off cylinders when not needed to
improve fuel economy. Unlike Chrysler, Ford is reviving
its famous performance name “5.0” for its new 2011 Mustang. The
new Mustang GT gets a potent 5.0-liter V8 engine with 412 hp and very
impressive fuel economy offering power and green features in one
package while the new
V6 packs in V8 levels of performance while sipping fuel.
quote: No, but you won't be happy with the 30 second 0-60 time when merging onto a highway.
quote: Power to cruise at 65 MPH in a mid-size sedan (cruise, !not! accelerate):~30 HP -> ~22.5 kW
quote: The point is we are trying to drop that number to lets say 15kW. Improbable, maybe? But at least our math is correct.
quote: The figures change dramatically if you start talking about VW Polo, Audi A2 diesel and similar small cars which already get over 100mpg.
quote: A 1990 Civic DX SEDAN (4 door) weighed around 2100bs and a 1998 Civic DX SEDAN (4 door) weighs around 2300lbs.
quote: The name implies non-Green-ness