The Truth About Cars » hemi http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 05 May 2016 17:00:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 If You Can Handle a Color From 1970, You Could Be Dodge Material http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/can-handle-color-1970-dodge-material/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/can-handle-color-1970-dodge-material/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:20:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1303905 The paint — erm, act could be wearing thin. In its latest nod to the heady and far-out past, Dodge will let you have your Challenger or Charger SRT 392 or Hellcat in its newest resurrected color, “Go Mango.” Joining other blast-from-the-past(els) like “Plum Crazy,” Go Mango was offered for the first time on the 1970 […]

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The paint — erm, act could be wearing thin. In its latest nod to the heady and far-out past, Dodge will let you have your Challenger or Charger SRT 392 or Hellcat in its newest resurrected color, “Go Mango.” Joining other blast-from-the-past(els) like “Plum Crazy,” Go Mango was offered for the first time on the 1970 […]

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Digestible Collectible: 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Off-Road http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/digestible-collectible-2014-dodge-challenger-srt8-off-road/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/digestible-collectible-2014-dodge-challenger-srt8-off-road/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:05:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1230329 This isn’t the first SRT product to wear the Digestible Collectible title, but it is certainly the oddest. Ever since our news editor Aaron Cole sent this to me earlier this week, I’ve been looking over the ad in bewilderment. Perhaps that’s the point. I can’t see any other reason why one would take a […]

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This isn’t the first SRT product to wear the Digestible Collectible title, but it is certainly the oddest. Ever since our news editor Aaron Cole sent this to me earlier this week, I’ve been looking over the ad in bewilderment. Perhaps that’s the point. I can’t see any other reason why one would take a […]

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Digestible Collectible: 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/digestible-collectible-2006-dodge-magnum-srt8/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/digestible-collectible-2006-dodge-magnum-srt8/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1205665 As I continue the search for the family hauler that is less emasculating than the minivan I currently drive, my eye wanders to hot wagons. Like the Subaru I featured a few weeks ago, a quick wagon looks a bit more “menacing” on the road than a bloated van. It’s likely much more rewarding to […]

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As I continue the search for the family hauler that is less emasculating than the minivan I currently drive, my eye wanders to hot wagons. Like the Subaru I featured a few weeks ago, a quick wagon looks a bit more “menacing” on the road than a bloated van. It’s likely much more rewarding to […]

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Last Rides Premium Selects: Getting The Boot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/last-rides-premium-selects-getting-boot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/last-rides-premium-selects-getting-boot/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1158090 When I write these little features, I always follow a set of self-imposed rules: Rule No. 1: The car is always the main character; Rule No. 2: Avoid using the same personality profile as in a previous story; Rule No. 3: Inject truth. Use real ownership experiences for each example, and plausible explanations for clues; […]

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When I write these little features, I always follow a set of self-imposed rules: Rule No. 1: The car is always the main character; Rule No. 2: Avoid using the same personality profile as in a previous story; Rule No. 3: Inject truth. Use real ownership experiences for each example, and plausible explanations for clues; […]

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Piston Slap: Commandeering The Commander’s Electrics? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-commandeering-commanders-electrics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-commandeering-commanders-electrics/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1144313   Brett writes: Sajeev, Brett here. Got a weird one, or maybe it is not that weird since it involves a Chrysler product and electrical gremlins. My father drives a 2006 Jeep Commander, 5.7-liter HEMI, basically loaded. Overall, he likes the Jeep. It has about 104k miles on it. Anyways, it is his forth Jeep […]

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  Brett writes: Sajeev, Brett here. Got a weird one, or maybe it is not that weird since it involves a Chrysler product and electrical gremlins. My father drives a 2006 Jeep Commander, 5.7-liter HEMI, basically loaded. Overall, he likes the Jeep. It has about 104k miles on it. Anyways, it is his forth Jeep […]

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HEMI Engine Family Receiving Upgrades To Fuel Economy, Power http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hemi-engine-family-receiving-upgrades-to-fuel-economy-power/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hemi-engine-family-receiving-upgrades-to-fuel-economy-power/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1097977 Changes are coming to FCA’s HEMI engine family, ranging from increased fuel economy, to higher horsepower. Though details are scant, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 could receive direct injection to increase its fuel economy, Allpar writes. In turn, the upgrade would be enough to reduce or remove the need for FCA to buy CAFE credits. Meanwhile, […]

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Changes are coming to FCA’s HEMI engine family, ranging from increased fuel economy, to higher horsepower. Though details are scant, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 could receive direct injection to increase its fuel economy, Allpar writes. In turn, the upgrade would be enough to reduce or remove the need for FCA to buy CAFE credits. Meanwhile, […]

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Tom Hoover, “Godfather of the 426 Hemi,” Dies at 85 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/tom-hoover-godfather-426-hemi-dies-85/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/tom-hoover-godfather-426-hemi-dies-85/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 13:31:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1059450 After battling a “long-term illness,” former Chrysler engineer and “Godfather of the 426 Hemi,” Tom Hoover passed away on April 30. He was 85 According to Hemmings, Hoover joined Chrysler in 1955 to work on the Bendix Electrojector system, an early electronic fuel injection system that ultimately proved to be fraught with issues. His next assignment […]

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After battling a “long-term illness,” former Chrysler engineer and “Godfather of the 426 Hemi,” Tom Hoover passed away on April 30. He was 85 According to Hemmings, Hoover joined Chrysler in 1955 to work on the Bendix Electrojector system, an early electronic fuel injection system that ultimately proved to be fraught with issues. His next assignment […]

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Capsule Review: Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Shaker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/capsule-review-dodge-challenger-hemi-rt-shaker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/capsule-review-dodge-challenger-hemi-rt-shaker/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=848114   Among the TTAC staff, the consensus is clear: the Ford Mustang is the top choice in the pony car segment. For cheap thrills, the Mustang V6 with the Performance Package is the most comprehensive “performance per dollar” option on the market. The 5.0, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500 represent increasing levels of performance that […]

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  Among the TTAC staff, the consensus is clear: the Ford Mustang is the top choice in the pony car segment. For cheap thrills, the Mustang V6 with the Performance Package is the most comprehensive “performance per dollar” option on the market. The 5.0, Boss 302 and Shelby GT500 represent increasing levels of performance that […]

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Chrysler Hellcat V8 Could Unseat Viper V10 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/chrysler-hellcat-v8-could-unseat-viper-v10/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/chrysler-hellcat-v8-could-unseat-viper-v10/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:09:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=780489 For over a year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been working on a Hemi V8 dubbed the Hellcat, which set to debut in a revised Dodge Challenger. However, the Hellcat could prove a challenge to the SRT Viper’s V10, possibly unseating the venerable monster from the throne. Automotive News reports the rumored V8 has caused an […]

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For over a year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been working on a Hemi V8 dubbed the Hellcat, which set to debut in a revised Dodge Challenger. However, the Hellcat could prove a challenge to the SRT Viper’s V10, possibly unseating the venerable monster from the throne. Automotive News reports the rumored V8 has caused an […]

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Review: 2014 Dodge Durango Limited V8 (with Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-dodge-durango-limited-v8-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-dodge-durango-limited-v8-with-video/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=695921 Car shopping used to be so simple: you could buy a truck or a car. Then came the wagon, minivan, sport utility and the latest craze: the crossover. There’s just one problem with the crossover for me however: it’s not a crossover. With a name like that you’d assume that a modern crossover blended the […]

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Car shopping used to be so simple: you could buy a truck or a car. Then came the wagon, minivan, sport utility and the latest craze: the crossover. There’s just one problem with the crossover for me however: it’s not a crossover. With a name like that you’d assume that a modern crossover blended the […]

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Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/review-2014-jeep-grand-cherokee-srt-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/review-2014-jeep-grand-cherokee-srt-with-video/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=666978 If you want a high performance SUV today, you’re left with relatively little choice. GM hasn’t dabbled in the market since their Trailblazer SS / Saab 9-7 Aero and Ford never even gave it a try with the old Explorer. That means your only options for ridiculously fast boxes on wheels come from BMW, Porsche, […]

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If you want a high performance SUV today, you’re left with relatively little choice. GM hasn’t dabbled in the market since their Trailblazer SS / Saab 9-7 Aero and Ford never even gave it a try with the old Explorer. That means your only options for ridiculously fast boxes on wheels come from BMW, Porsche, […]

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Want To Impress The Swells At the Country Club? Hemi-fied Custom Dodge A100 Pickup! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/want-to-impress-the-swells-at-the-country-club-hemi-fied-custom-dodge-a100-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/want-to-impress-the-swells-at-the-country-club-hemi-fied-custom-dodge-a100-pickup/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487909 Of all the racing venues I visit during my travels as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, the ritzy clubs tend to be the weirdest. We went to the Monticello Motor Club in New York a few weeks back, and twice a year the LeMons Traveling Circus rolls into the Autobahn […]

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Of all the racing venues I visit during my travels as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, the ritzy clubs tend to be the weirdest. We went to the Monticello Motor Club in New York a few weeks back, and twice a year the LeMons Traveling Circus rolls into the Autobahn […]

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Review: 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/review-2013-dodge-challenger-srt8-392/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/review-2013-dodge-challenger-srt8-392/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:28:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472956 Last time we had a Challenger SRT8 to review, well, we didn’t review it so much as we burnt the rubber off the rear wheels. Sorry Dodge, we couldn’t help it. After a few Facebook requests, we put Dodge’s 470HP retro coupé back on our wish list and someone at Chrysler decided to trust me […]

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Last time we had a Challenger SRT8 to review, well, we didn’t review it so much as we burnt the rubber off the rear wheels. Sorry Dodge, we couldn’t help it. After a few Facebook requests, we put Dodge’s 470HP retro coupé back on our wish list and someone at Chrysler decided to trust me […]

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Is This The Best Muscle Car Deal That Nobody Knows About? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/is-this-the-best-muscle-car-deal-that-nobody-knows-about/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/is-this-the-best-muscle-car-deal-that-nobody-knows-about/#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:59:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470498 Two doors. 390 horsepower. 8 cylinders. Two seats. Just a hair under $25k. Sound too good to be true? It might be one of the best muscle car deals going, as long as you’re willing to drive a pickup. While perusing the Ram website for someone looking to buy a pickup, I came across the […]

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Two doors. 390 horsepower. 8 cylinders. Two seats. Just a hair under $25k. Sound too good to be true? It might be one of the best muscle car deals going, as long as you’re willing to drive a pickup. While perusing the Ram website for someone looking to buy a pickup, I came across the […]

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Review: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2013-jeep-grand-cherokee-overland-summit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2013-jeep-grand-cherokee-overland-summit/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460597 So, you really want a Range Rover but your trust fund hasn’t recovered from the “bankocalypse?” What’s a guy to do? Well, you could take advantage of the British brand’s cliff-face depreciation curve and buy an off-lease Rover, but do you really want to test your reliability-fate with used wares from Old Blighty? The answer […]

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So, you really want a Range Rover but your trust fund hasn’t recovered from the “bankocalypse?” What’s a guy to do? Well, you could take advantage of the British brand’s cliff-face depreciation curve and buy an off-lease Rover, but do you really want to test your reliability-fate with used wares from Old Blighty? The answer […]

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Marchionne: V8 Muscle Cars To Be “Rare As White Flies” Under CAFE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/marchionne-v8-muscle-cars-to-be-rare-as-white-flies-under-cafe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/marchionne-v8-muscle-cars-to-be-rare-as-white-flies-under-cafe/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458248 I’m still making my way through the tome that is the CAFE regulations, but Sergio Marchionne already know what’s up – maybe all that time he saves by not picking out his outfit each day has something to do with it. The Chrysler CEO was characteristically blunt with his assessment of CAFE. Going forward, V8 […]

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I’m still making my way through the tome that is the CAFE regulations, but Sergio Marchionne already know what’s up – maybe all that time he saves by not picking out his outfit each day has something to do with it. The Chrysler CEO was characteristically blunt with his assessment of CAFE. Going forward, V8 […]

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Quote Of The Day: That Fiat-Based Compact Got A Hemi? Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/quote-of-the-day-that-fiat-based-compact-got-a-hemi-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/quote-of-the-day-that-fiat-based-compact-got-a-hemi-edition/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:43:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403797 WardsAuto is a great source for industry news, but it’s pretty clearly not the best source for enthusiast news. Take, for example, a recent interview with Dodge SRT boss Ralph Gilles about the forthcoming compact Dodge and its possible SRT version: “The Neon put the whole street-tuning scene on its ear with the factory turbo. […]

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WardsAuto is a great source for industry news, but it’s pretty clearly not the best source for enthusiast news. Take, for example, a recent interview with Dodge SRT boss Ralph Gilles about the forthcoming compact Dodge and its possible SRT version: “The Neon put the whole street-tuning scene on its ear with the factory turbo. […]

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The Other Chrysler Hemi: Simca Esplanada! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-other-chrysler-hemi-simca-esplanada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-other-chrysler-hemi-simca-esplanada/#comments Tue, 31 May 2011 20:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396832 I love stories of American cars that take a weird journey to production in South America, preferably with a dash of European influence added during the journey’s many twists and turns. The Argentinean Renault Torino, a Rambler American with Jeep Tornado engine and Pininfarina rebody is a great example, as is the Willys Itamaraty, a […]

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I love stories of American cars that take a weird journey to production in South America, preferably with a dash of European influence added during the journey’s many twists and turns. The Argentinean Renault Torino, a Rambler American with Jeep Tornado engine and Pininfarina rebody is a great example, as is the Willys Itamaraty, a […]

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Review: 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Take One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/review-2011-dodge-charger-rt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/review-2011-dodge-charger-rt/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 20:53:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394641 So I’m driving a $69,000 Cadillac CTS-V, and it makes me wonder—if you can only spend half as much, how much performance do you sacrifice? And if you can spend twice as much, how much can you gain? Today, the first question. If you’re seeking a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive sedan, but have a budget in the […]

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So I’m driving a $69,000 Cadillac CTS-V, and it makes me wonder—if you can only spend half as much, how much performance do you sacrifice? And if you can spend twice as much, how much can you gain? Today, the first question. If you’re seeking a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive sedan, but have a budget in the […]

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Autobiography: Hemi Love http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/12/autobiography-hemi-love/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/12/autobiography-hemi-love/#comments Sat, 15 Dec 2007 10:56:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/editorials/hemi-love/ hemifxs.jpgWhat eye-candy poster was pinned up on your bedroom wall when you were thirteen? A black Lamborghini Countach sprouting numerous spoilers? Farah Fawcett-Majors with blindingly-white teeth? Metallica? KISS? What I gazed lovingly upon-- whilst sprawled across my bed-- was a giant detailed cross-sectional drawing of a Chrysler hemi engine. Thus was the spell that the mythical engine had on me.

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hemifxs.jpgWhat eye-candy poster was pinned up on your bedroom wall when you were thirteen? A black Lamborghini Countach sprouting numerous spoilers? Farah Fawcett-Majors with blindingly-white teeth? Metallica? KISS? What I gazed lovingly upon-- whilst sprawled across my bed-- was a giant detailed cross-sectional drawing of a Chrysler hemi engine. Thus was the spell that the mythical engine had on me.

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