Sometimes things get stuck in our heads
and no matter what we do they keep popping
up at the oddest times.
It could be a song we heard, something
we read, or something we witnessed. We
think it has gone away only to realize
it keeps coming back like a bad penny.
This has been the case for the past
week or so after I read an article
from a 2005 edition of a car magazine.
The article stated that the “new” Hemi
engine was not a true Hemi and was only
a marketing ploy from Chrysler.
The authors’ reasoning was that the
original Hemi had a hemispherical
combustion chamber with valves opposed
to each other at 90 degrees.
According to Wikipedia the new Hemi
combustion chambers are no longer
hemispherical and this was done,
in part, to reduce emissions.
The horsepower to cubic inch ratio has
remained about the same and Chrysler does
own the trademark on the Hemi name.
Mopar fans don’t seem to concerned about
this as there is little chatter on the
forums, but it is still stuck in my
Is it, technically, a Hemi or isn’t
Perhaps we are being naive in thinking
it has to be anything more than a sales
Comments are always welcome.