The Max Wedge Story

The Max Wedge

 

As the Detroit muscle car wars of the 1960s began, the Chrysler Corporation and its Dodge and Plymouth brands were pacing the sidelines. But not for long: Midway through the 1962 model year, the Maximum Performance Wedge package was introduced—the legendary combination that soon became known as the Max Wedge.

 

This first Max Wedge displaced 413 cubic inches and was offered in two versions: an 11.5:1 compression-ratio model with 410 hp, and an even more radical 420 hp model with a whopping 13.5:1 compression ratio. Both engines were…

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The Max Wedge Story

Industry Leader: The 3.6-Liter Pentastar V6

3.6-Liter Pentastar V-6

 

Red Ram, Ramcharger, MagnumV8—great engines are simply part of the Dodge tradition. The legacy of engineering leadership continues with the Pentastar® V6.

 

One of the most versatile engines on the market today, the Pentastar V6 is offered in the Dodge Avenger, Journey, Charger, Challenger, Grand Caravan, and Durango. Whether the job is towing a boat to the lake or wringing the last drop from a gallon of gasoline in the daily commute, the Pentastar can do it all. When the Pentastar went into production, it replaced seven former…

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Industry Leader: The 3.6-Liter Pentastar V6

Exhaustive Comparisons Part 2: A Review of Dodge Dart Exhaust Systems through the Past Fifty Years

dart dual exhaust

Welcome back to our discussion of all things Dart and engine aspiration. The Dart nameplate was revived in 1960 and ’61 to identify the entry level Dodge (beneath the Matador and Polara in 1960 and below the Polara in 1961), a full size offering based on the large C-body semi-unit construction platform. When equipped with the optional 318 polyspherical head Power Package V8 or 361, 383, 413 wedge head V8’s with single or dual Carter 4-barrel carburetion, dual exhaust was standard issue though the tail pipes were plain,…

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Exhaustive Comparisons Part 2: A Review of Dodge Dart Exhaust Systems through the Past Fifty Years