HEMI Milestones: 2005 – 2007

Yeah It's Got A HEMIA journey through Chrysler’s HEMI engine history.

  • 2005 – Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum R/T are the first modern, production North American vehicles to feature cylinder deactivation – the Chrysler Group Multi-Displacement System (MDS) turns off four cylinders in the 5.7-liter HEMI engine when V-8 power is not needed for up to a 20-percent fuel savings.
  • 2005 – The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team develops a 6.1-liter version of the HEMI to power future Chrysler Group SRT8 models – the 425 hp engine is the highest-rated specific-output naturally-aspirated V-8 ever offered by the Chrysler Group. Its 69.8 horsepower-per-liter rating exceeds even that of the legendary 1966 “Street HEMI.” Torque is rated at 425 hp at 6,000 rpm 420 lb.-ft. at 4,800 rpm.
  • 2005 – The 6.1-liter HEMI engine has more displacement with larger cylinder bores compared to the 5.7-liter.
  • 2005 – The compression ratio was boosted from 9.6:1 to 10.3:1 for more energy in the combustion process.
  • 2005 – Engine breathing in the 6.1-liter was increased with new high-flow cylinder heads, a specially designed intake manifold and exhaust “headers” with individual tubes encased in a stainless-steel shell. Exhaust is routed through a 2.75-inch exhaust system.
  • 2005 – A unique camshaft profile maximizes power in the 6.1-liter HEMI.
  • 2005 – The Chrysler 300C SRT8 is the first two SRT8 products announced – both packing the new 6.1-liter HEMI engine.
  • 2005 – For the first time ever, a HEMI is available in a Jeep – the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with 5.7-liter HEMI.
  • 2005 – MDS is standard equipment with the HEMI in Jeep Grand Cherokee – the first time cylinder deactivation is offered in a sport utility vehicle.
  • 2005 – The 5.7-liter HEMI is named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for the third year in a row.
  • 2005 – The one-millionth modern HEMI engine roars off the assembly line.
  • 2006 – The all-new Dodge Charger R/T powers it’s way back to the streets and racetracks across America with 5.7-liter HEMI, paying homage to the muscle cars of the ’60s, and adding 21st century performance and functionality.
  • 2006 – The Dodge Charger Daytona includes a unique high-performance exhaust and induction system to allow the 5.7-liter HEMI to produce 350 hp with a distinctive throaty exhaust tone.
  • 2006 – Chrysler Group is the first to offer cylinder deactivation in a pickup truck – MDS made standard equipment with the HEMI 5.7-liter engine.
  • 2006 – MDS is added to HEMI-powered Dodge Durango.
  • 2006 – Chrysler Group MDS is standard equipment on Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum R/T, Charger R/T, and it is standard on 5.7-liter HEMI-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Commander, Dodge Durango and Ram 1500.
  • 2006 – The SRT lineup is expanded to now include the Dodge Magnum SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 – all powered by the 6.1-liter HEMI.
  • 2007 – There will be nearly one million vehicles on the road equipped with Chrysler Group’s MDS.
  • 2007 – With the addition of MDS to HEMI-equipped Dodge Durango and Ram, MDS-equipped vehicles through the end of the 2007 model year will save more than 60 million gallons of fuel each year.
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