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The Mopar Custom Shops allow buyers to order factory options, to be installed in special facilities within Chrysler factories. The Mopar options are included in the price sticker for insurance and financing purposes (and presumably to help in resale).
Mark Hanson, Ram narrator, posed for Marc in front of a Ram 1500 diesel. Production is due to start on these long-awaited trucks soon. They will have company by the end of the year, in the form of a new Nissan Titan with a Cummins V8 (bearing no relationship to the B-series Cummins diesels used by Rams). We have new photos of the Cummins heavy duty engines and of the VM diesels used by Ram 1500.
There were numerous vintage-item displays, given the 100th anniversary of Dodge (Brothers), the 50th anniversary of the Hemi, the oddly-uncelebrated 90th birthday of the Chrysler car, and the completely-unmentioned 110th anniversary of Maxwell Motors, which produced the first Chrysler in 1924 and was transformed in a share transaction to Chrysler Corporation in 1925. (Maxwell cars would continue in production as the Chrysler Four and then as the Plymouth, and would remain the butt of Jack Benny jokes for many years afterwards.)
The 426 Hemi Generation III crate engine produces 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, with an aluminum block, pistons, and heads; it has a forged steel crank and rods, billet steel main caps, and a hydraulic roller cam (0.639” lift). Fuel is delivered via multiple-port injection.l There are also 515 and 565 horsepower versions, with 490 and 550 lb-ft of torque, respectively. The torque curve is remarkably flat, as shown in the graph above/right.
The 572 Hemi Generation II crate engine uses a heavy-duty siamese-bore cast iron block with cross-bolted mains, aluminum heads with 2.25” intake valves and 1.94” exhaust valves, and an aluminum single-plane intake for one carburetor (an optional cross-ram intake for dual carburetors is shown in the photo). The camshaft is hydraulic, with flat tappets; the engine has a 10.0:1 compression ratio. As equipped, it produces 650 hp, with 660 lb-ft of torque. There are black and orange valve cover options (orange is shown).
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