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Dodge Material – What Made Me a Dodge Boy?

A decade after catching Dodge Fever, I bought this numbers-matching 1968 HEMI® V8 Charger R/T (XS29J8B119772) in 1987. It would be the first of three Dodge HEMI engine cars I’ve owned (so far). 

I was about 12 years old when I became Dodge Material (as the classic magazine ads of the ‘60s called Dodge owners). Though my (now) 51-year-old “neck top computer” has stored — and forgotten — volumes of information in the four decades since, I distinctly recall two hugely influential fan-making Dodge events as if they happened last week….

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Dodge Material – What Made Me a Dodge Boy?

All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 4: Superchargers and HEMI® V8 engines; 1 + 1 = 3

As we marvel at the Dodge SRT® Hellcat HEMI® engine’s status as the world’s most potent regular production V8 offering*, we’re reminded that the history of the automobile has seen the appearance of a nearly countless multitude of engine configurations. Since the dawn of the worldwide auto industry, the liquid cooled, reciprocating, internal combustion engine has been rendered in more distinct configurations than there are breeds of cats, of which there are 39.  
 
Looking back over the past 115 years, car buyers have been offered piston engines with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and even…

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All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 4: Superchargers and HEMI® V8 engines; 1 + 1 = 3

All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 3: A Look at the Driveline

In this third exploration into the SRT® Hellcat’s many fascinating engineering details, let’s go under the Challenger’s sleek exterior for a road’s-eye view of the all-important driveline. This vital link between the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat’s crankshaft and its beefy Pirelli supercar rear tires is packed with cutting-edge engineering that ordinarily goes unnoticed. We raised our donor 2015 Ivory White Pearl Challenger SRT Hellcat with a lift for a closer look. 
 

 
Just as it did in the sixties with the then-new 426 Street HEMI® V8, Dodge has prepared several Hellcat cutaway engines…

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All About the SRT® Hellcat, Part 3: A Look at the Driveline