AUBURN HILLS, MI
— Every year since its introduction, the Chrysler 5.7L HEMI has earned a place on Ward's
10 Best Engines list. The results of this year's Ward's
10 Best were made public on December 21, and the HEMI was back for another award.On a product-by-product basis, the HEMI remains a popular engine choice. For Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum, the take rate is 43 percent. The Dodge Durango take rate is 54 percent, Ram is 46 percent, and Jeep Grand Cherokee is 29 percent.The Chrysler Group Multi-Displacement System (MDS) seamlessly alternates between smooth, high fuel economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. This optimizes fuel economy, without sacrificing vehicle performance.The 2005 Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum RT were the first modern, high-volume production vehicles in North America to feature fully functioning cylinder deactivation, and MDS is standard equipment with the 5.7L HEMI engine on these models and on the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.Owners of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, and Jeep Grand Cherokee will receive the power of the HEMI engine with an improvement of up to 20 percent in fuel economy — a benefit they would only expect from a smaller, less powerful engine.The HEMI engine with MDS has completed over 6.5 million customer-equivalent miles through Chrysler Group's development and durability testing. It is covered by the 7-Year/70,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty.In the spring of 2005, Chrysler Group will unleash an all- new, beefed-up 6.1L 425-horsepower HEMI V-8 engine in the 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8. Performance targets for Chrysler 300C SRT8 are 0-60 mph in the low five-second range and a quarter-mile time in the high 13-second range.