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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 fleabag on 7/8/2010 11:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
You keep mentioning this "1 ton frame" like as if that's really tiny.. No it's not.. A 1990 Civic DX SEDAN (4 door) weighed around 2100bs and a 1998 Civic DX SEDAN (4 door) weighs around 2300lbs. These aren't that small of cars at all yet weigh 1 ton. Whether or not a vehicle will survive colliding with a 3 ton vehicle is pretty stupid because with that logic people wouldn't drive any vehicles since there are semi trucks people could crash into and they can weigh (when loaded) over 40 tons!

RE: All I want...
By Spuke on 7/9/2010 11:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
A 1990 Civic DX SEDAN (4 door) weighed around 2100bs and a 1998 Civic DX SEDAN (4 door) weighs around 2300lbs.
This is really starting to get old. TODAY, in 2010, in the US, NONE of those cars would meet safety NOR emissions regulations. Those two things are the main reasons why cars are heavy. STOP voting to those regulations (via politicians that support them) and we'll get lighter cars but at the expensive of more emissions and less safety equipment. You CAN have both, both you'll need a sh!tload of super expensive (see Ferrari), lightweight materials which now takes that car WAY the f%^k over the magic DT price of $20,000.

Did I mention that Americans like super quiet cars? Well, that costs weight too. Soooo, if you want that lightweight car, it will be noisier, less safe, and it will pollute more. But it will get 100mpg though!!!

PS - What cracks me up the most is that even if the automakers built such a car, NONE of the people most vocal about wanting these cars would buy it at ANY price.

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