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Chrysler 6.1L Hemi Engine (Design, Issues & Reliability)

Updated: Feb 2

The Chrysler 6.1 Hemi is a 6.1 litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine producing 425 hp and 569 nm of torque. It was first introduced in the 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT-8, it was built until 2010.

The 6.1L Hemi engine was still widely available in 2010. The Dodge Challenger SRT-8, Charger SRT-8, Magnum SRT-8, and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 all used the 6.1L Chrysler V8 at this time.

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Chrysler 6.1L HEMI Engine

Chrysler 6.1L Hemi Engine Design

There are multiple ways in which the 6.1 Hemi cylinder block differs from the 5.7 Hemi cylinder block. Stronger bulkheads and redesigned coolant passageways alter the cast-iron deep-skirt engine block's basic structural design.

  • The diameter of each cylinder was increased by 3.5 mm in order to increase the overall displacement from 5.7 to 6.1 litres.

  • Additionally, oil squirters were installed in the engine block to cool the pistons and increase engine lifespan.

  • The crankshaft is made of forged steel.

  • A stronger powder metal alloy has been incorporated to the connecting rods.

  • Larger-diameter flat-top pistons with a 10.3:1 compression ratio are used in the engine.

6.1 Hemi engines have redesigned cylinder heads with a larger cross-sectional area in their ports. The revised heads increase intake flow by 11%