The Mighty Dodge 426 HEMI®



426 Hemi


So far in Dodge history, there have been three generations of the fabled Hemi® V8. There’s the state-of-the-art HEMI® engine offered in current Dodge vehicles including the Charger, Challenger and Durango. There’s the original, groundbreaking Red Ram Hemi V8, produced from 1954 to 1957. And there’s the mighty 426 Hemi of the 1960s, which became a legend in its own right.


There were two basic versions of the 426-cubic-inch Hemi available to the public. The first and most common was known as the Street Hemi, and it was optional equipment in Dodge performance models  including the Charger, Challenger, Super Bee and Coronet R/T from 1966 to 1971. This engine was nominally rated at 425 horsepower, but everyone knew it was capable of considerably more. This was the engine that pretty much ruled the drive-ins and drag strips of the muscle car era.


The second variety was known as the Race Hemi. Even more powerful than the Street Hemi, the Race Hemi was installed in a limited number of specially prepared cars intended for racetrack use only. The specifications of Street Hemis and Race Hemis can vary considerably on individual models. However, there’s an easy way to distinguish the two basic types. In general: On a Street Hemi, the two four-barrel carburetors are mounted in line, one behind the other. On a Race Hemi, the two carburetors are situated atop the engine nearly side by side. The engine pictured above is a Race Hemi, naturally.


The 426 Hemi has a reputation for performance enjoyed by few engines, if any, and the legend continues to grow. But in truth, the current HEMI® you can buy today, with advanced features including Fuel Saver Technology, produces more specific power, and with greater efficiency, economy and dependability than the old 426 Hemi. To start your own legend, see your local Dodge dealer or visit


  • Cuda340
    Posted November 23, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    A fantastic engine that ruled NASCAR (Richard Petty) and Pro Stocks (Ronnie Sox). For my first performance car, I wanted a Hemi-equipped MOPAR but couldn’t afford one. I settled for a 1971 ‘Cuda 340. Now, years later, I am proud to have the next generation Hemi- a 6.1 in my 2009 Challenger SRT.

  • Michael O'banion
    Posted January 14, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    My 70 340 Cuda ran like a scolded dog on steriods sure wish I still had it

  • 2015ChallengerHEMI
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Lookin forward to delivery of my 392 Hemi SP/Shaker….been waiting TOO LONG already…but as Dad would say…”all good things to those who wait” (wth does that mean anyway? Want it now tyvm…hehe)

  • KP
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Can anyone tell me what fuel pump would be the best fit for a 528 hemi with 2 x 4s?

    Thank You!

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  • Former Mayor Dan A Hayes
    Posted September 3, 2017 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Well as a life long Chrysler and Dodge Engine connoisseur. The order of the Hemi’s history.
    I totally agree with the writer. My only thing would be to rate the pore plants that most produce the bang for the buck. My first choice is all factory floor engines. Number one.
    The modern 6.8 liter 392 its factory floor near 500 Horsepower. My 2014 challenger 392 will
    Run 150 mph on a flat road two miles long. Nothing but stock factory. Next I pick the 2015 Hellcat 708 Hp. factory floor. Now I pick the new Dodge Demon. Last the true worn horse.
    To me the one that is the father of all these for mentioned engines. The 1964 Thru 1971
    Factory floor 426 Hemi with 425 HP Factory floor. Any guy could by one. These engines are bar none the best factory floor engines ever built by any car company. No one can out run them on the street. No off the dealer showroom car can catch these Chrysler built Hemi Engines over any thing GM or ford has produced. Bar None.

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