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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 afkrotch on 7/8/2010 8:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
Just get rid of all car panels. Just a bunch of titanium bars, engine, transmission, and 4 seats. That should give us 100 mpg.

RE: All I want...
By tank171 on 7/8/2010 10:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
Pfft.. Titanium. Thats far too heavy. Carbon fiber frame. Also, if all panels are removed, then we would have to make the engine/transmission more aerodynamic, which would be hard. We need some panels. 4 seats? Thats way too unaerodynamic. Try a bed that the passengers lie on. Much less drag that way. The driver would see with a camera and a small oled screen. Also, the passengers are too heavy. Screw having passengers and just make it remote controlled. In fact, screw having an actual car. Lets all drive virtual cars on our computers. We can get incredible speed, handling, aerodynamics, ride comfort, and fuel economy for next to nothing!

Actually, now that I think of it, computers are outdated, unaerodynamic, and heavy. Lets drive our virtual cars on iPads.

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