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The V8 formerly known as Hemi will continue as the 5.7-liter V8

In 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 again.

The 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 WSJ reports 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.

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RE: All I want...
By MonkeyPaw on 7/8/2010 1:49:32 PM , Rating: 1
In theory, it is possible. I believe Motor Trend did some testing on the V6 mustang, and with very conservative driving, they got over 600 miles on one tank of fuel. The biggest killers of fuel economy are stop-&-go driving, and driving too fast. Just recently, my Spectra
5 pulled 38MPG driving at 70mph. If I went even 75, I bet that number would drop to 30 or less. If I did 60, I bet I could pull over 40mpg. It seems to me that people want too much. You can't drive aggressively and get good economy. Just driving more conservitavley will save you money, but you can't expect aggressive driving to get you good mileage.

RE: All I want...
By Hare on 7/8/2010 2:09:38 PM , Rating: 2
Wupdiduu. You can get around 1200km (~750 miles) with a diesel VW Passat, Audi A4, MB C-class and many others without doing any gimmicks (just drive mostly on highways). I guess the question is, how big is the tank... On the cars I just mentioned it's around 60 liters -> 16 us gallons. The figures change dramatically if you start talking about VW Polo, Audi A2 diesel and similar small cars which already get over 100mpg.

RE: All I want...
By Spuke on 7/8/2010 7:13:13 PM , Rating: 2
The figures change dramatically if you start talking about VW Polo, Audi A2 diesel and similar small cars which already get over 100mpg.
To save some confusion, we're talking about US EPA tested fuel mileage not European fuel mileage. Two different planets here. You can convert the numbers but there is no conversion for the testing methodologies.

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