If you like cars, then you have probably heard of the HEMI engine. If you were born in the 1960s or before, you remember the phenomenon created by Chrysler's HEMI engines in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. If you follow muscle cars or drag racing, you know that the 426 HEMI engine is a popular engine because of its performance. You've probably also heard of the new HEMI engines that Chrysler used in 2003 Dodge trucks.

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2003 Dodge Ram with 5.7-liter HEMI Magnum V-8

But even if you know little or nothing about cars and engines, the word "HEMI" might still mean something to you. The word has become a synonym for big, powerful engines.

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5.7-liter HEMI Magnum V-8 engine

In this article, you'll learn about the HEMI engine and find out what make engines using the HEMI design such awesome machines!