It’s easy to get sentimental when your brand has been around for one hundred years. It’s even easier when you consider all the stunning engines Dodge has put into its vehicles from the very beginning.
Consider where it all began with the Dodge Big Four. This basic four cylinder engine was the only one used for thirteen years when the company was just getting started. It was huge for its day, a whopping 3.5 liters, so you can see how it earned its name. The Big Four also brought big power to the table. The engineers back then expected it to make 30 horsepower when they were putting it together, but they were in awe when it easily made 35. Remember that this was all the way back in 1914. 35 horsepower was unheard of in a street car at that point.
In the late 60s, there was the Dodge 440 Magnum Six Pack. Widely held up as one of the greatest engines of the muscle car era, the Six Pack is named for its six throttle valves. The ridiculous induction system required a unique manifold that could accommodate all three carburetors. This beast had a sound like no other, and the special edition 1969 Dodge Super Bee that it was introduced in was a hit because of it.
Then of course there is the mighty Hemi V8. The 426 Hemi of the 1960s is the most legendary of all Dodge Engines. They called it the elephant because of its massive 426-cubic-inch displacement. Although it was rated for 425 horsepower, it was capable of far more, especially in the race variant. You see, the 426 Hemi is the reason that engines had to be street legal in order to be eligible for racing. Dodge retrofitted it from its race cars to its line of famous muscle cars in order to abide by the rule.
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