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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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Beginning of the end...
By chunkymonster on 7/9/2010 10:09:45 AM , Rating: 2
While the title is misleading given the article mentions NOTHING about Chrysler retiring the Hemi name due to "green" pressure, this move nonetheless signals the beginning of the end.

Say what you will, but between the government bail out of GM, the pressure to reduce America's dependency on oil, the increased legislation over carbon emissions, and increased CAFE standards, I predict all car companies will eventually eliminate engines larger than a V6 in an effort to appeal the "green gods".

The Hummer no longer being sold due to fuel costs, reduced sales, and poor mpg is one thing, but a company volunteering to eliminate large engines is writing on the wall.

To anyone who bought a vehicle with a Hemi, park it in the garage, crate it, and in the near future be prepared to charge admission so the next generation can see what a "old school" large engine looked like.




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