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MoTales stories of Mopar / Chrysler engines

From smallest to largest (except the Wankel):

Current Engines

GME 2.0T engines
Modern power for the hybrid age

Hurricane Six (GME T6)
Twin-turbo inline six with Hemi-beating power

GSE 1.3 Turbo
Modern “Firefly” Four-Cylinder

What the !*@#$&^! are Samsung PRiMX batteries?
What we know so far (a Mopar guy’s guide)

PureTech EP6 (1.6)
The Peugeot 1.6 liter turbo engine / hybrid transmission coming to the USA in 2025

Classic and Past Engines

Tuning carburetors on vintage cars
A real beginner’s guide

Wankel engines, Jack Smith, and Chrysler
The Road Runner creator explores a new engine (updated 2022)

Neon 2.0: the final all-Chrysler four-cylinder engines
How the Neon ended up with a class-leading four-cylinder

Chrysler-Dodge turbo fours
Innovative Mopar power in unlikely packages

Battle of the 1974 Straight Sixes
How did the Mopar (Dodge-Plymouth-Chrysler) 225 and 198 compare to engines from the rest of the world—GM, Ford, even BMW?

Plymouth and Dodge LA Series V8 Engines: Durable, Cheap Power from 273 CID
How Chrysler created the small block LA engines, and the dual life of the 273 V8

Why so many? Every Chrysler Corp V6!
Four major engine families before the Pentastar

Diesel Slant Six: mo’ power, lo’ pollution
A solution Chrysler sorely needed

Leaning tower of power: Slant Six
The legendary inline engines (revised 9-20-22)

Tornado Six
Kaiser-Jeep’s “Hemi”

Kangaroo Hemi Six
Record-setting V8-beaters for Australian Valiants

Mopar’s oddball V6 engine
The surprisingly long-lasting LA V6: a 318 with two cylinders cut off, 1987 to 2003

Mopar poly engines: 1955 to 1958
Chrysler and Dodge polyspherical V8 engines (before the A): 241-259-270-301-315-325-331-354

Chrysler A-series V8 engines, 1956 to 1968
Poly for the masses: Mopar A series V8 engines (277, 301, 313, 318, 326)

High performance small block: Mopar 340 V8
The most potent LA V8 had surprisingly big power - and a three-carb variant

PowerTech 3.7 and 4.7: Next Generation Engines
Creating and making Chrysler’s first brand new V8 in many years, and its related V6

The LA 318 and 360: vintage Chrysler V8 engines
Durable workhorses with flashes of high-performance glory: 318 and 360 LA V8 engines from Mopar, before their Magnum days

Magnum 5.2 and 5.9: the most powerful LA V8 engines
The durable workhorse Mopar V8, making more power than ever in Magnum form

B-Engines: Chrysler’s first big V8s
Dodge-Plymouth-Chrysler 350, 361, 383, and 400 wedge V8 engines, rapidly developed under Bob Rarey

Original Hemi: 331 to 392 V8
The famed “dual rocker” V8

Trenton Engine and the Two 383 V8s
Clever solution to a tough problem

426 Hemi: Mopar’s most famous and race-happy engines
Birth and life of a legend

RB Engines: Chrysler’s biggest V8s
Dodge-Plymouth-Chrysler 383, 413, 440, and 426 V8 engines - development, Cross-Ram Wedge, Max Wedge, and more

Tales From the Factory: Matching Pistons and Blocks
How the factory managed precision problems, back in the day


Ultradrive and related four speed automatics
41TE, 42LE, A-604, and those which came after

HP9 / 9x8TE ZF 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
Inside the innovative ZF transmissions used by Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler - including Mopar mods

New Process Gear and New Venture Gear: The Companies and Their “Gear”
Quietly innovative gear, transmission, and transfer case makers

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