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Hemi, Hemi, Hemi. Seems all you hear about these days is Chrysler's new Hemi-powered vehicles — 300C, Durango, Magnum, Ram RT, and so on. Mention the Hemi to any gearhead with his socket-wrench in a 1960s-era Mopar, and he'll start salivating just as if you had said "last call."

So what's the deal with the Hemi, anyway? Is it just an old-school pushrod V8 in a world of overhead cams? Or is it made of magical pixie dust that gives it the power of time travel?


If you're really, really interested, Popular Mechanics offers more than you ever wanted to know.

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