The Dodge legacy of performance is built on great engineeringand that includes its engines.
In the early 1960s, Dodge put the racing world on its ear with the Max Wedge engine series. Introduced in a 413 cubic inch version in 1962, the engine dominated drag racing in the hands of a group of young Chrysler engineers who called themselves the Ramchargers. The engine was enlarged to 426 ci for 1963 and proved even more successful.
As Detroits muscle car wars heated up in the late 1960s, Dodge unleashed a performance street engine based on the same general architecture. Known as the 440 Magnum and first used in 1967, it became famous powering Chargers, Super Bees, and other Dodge performance vehicles.
But surely the most iconic Dodge engine of the era is the 426 Hemi (shown above). First developed in 1964 upon the same rugged B/RB engine family as the Max Wedge and the 440 Magnum, the 426 Hemi stood at the top of the heap in drag racing and NASCAR for yearsand is still winning races today.
And this same basic technologythe hemispherical combustion chamberis employed in the latest generation HEMI 5.7L and 6.4L engines offered in the Charger and Challenger today. The Dodge tradition of engineering and performance runs deep.
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