The Dodge Heritage Series, Part 9: 2000-Now

Dodge Challenger


Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is part 9 in the series.


The 21st century brought the Dodge brand a whole new set of challenges, with consumers in search of ever greater performance and efficiency. Dodge responded with a new generation HEMI® V-8 engine and an advanced line of vehicles to match.


The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine was first made available in Dodge Ram trucks in 2003 and was then offered in the all-new Dodge Charger R/T sedan and Magnum R/T station wagon in 2005. With 340 horsepower, this cutting-edge powerplant produced a full 100 more hp than the previous 5.9-liter V-8 engine, but with greater fuel economy. Using the latest technology, Dodge demonstrated that performance and efficiency can go hand in hand.


Dodge ChargerDodge Dart


Since then, Dodge has continued to raise the performance stakes with even more powerful and advanced versions of the legendary HEMI V-8 engine. The drive to innovate has culminated most recently in the most powerful V-8 ever produced by the Chrysler Group – the new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat engine, featuring over 600 horsepower.


In 2014, Dodge marks its 100th anniversary in the auto industry by offering an entire lineup of exciting vehicles, including the Durango, Dart, Charger, Challenger, Grand Caravan, Avenger and the Journey crossover, described as one of the most versatile vehicles on the market. As we like to say at Dodge: “You learn a lot in 100 years.”


Read Part 8 of the Heritage Series for more Dodge history. Also, be sure to visit the Heritage Wall section of the Dodge Power Rallye Tour, a traveling Dodge-based experience showcasing the best in performance vehicles. You can find the schedule of Tour events here.


2011 Dodge Durango R/T2012 Dodge Journey


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