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Why is the 5.7 or 6.1 not a "real" Hemi?
At a car show on Saturday an older gentleman stopped by my car to take a look. He commeted that we were in the same class and told me he had a 1933 5 window Plymouth. We went over to look at it and he informed me that he had the "real" Hemi, a 1955 392 version, in his car.
I've been hearing for a couple of years about how we don't have a "real" Hemi and it's kind of getting on my nerves. I held back though until another older man walked up and started talking smack about how the new Hemi's were not "real" Hemi's.
I finally just blurted out, "So why is the current generation Hemi not real?" They looked at each other with almost confused looks and stumbled around for an answer which never came. Then I asked how much power the 392 was putting out. The owner replied that it dyno'ed at 325 hp. To which I responded that the new Hemi was rated at 425 hp. Then I asked again, "Why is the current gen Hemi not real and why would I prefer the older Hemi?" Neither could come up with an answer but one of them finally said "Well, the 392 is the original Hemi", which I will accept, but not that it's any better or that the current gen is not "real".
I kind of felt bad for them but also felt better that I finally stood up for the current gen Hemi. Enough is enough already.
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