what exactly does this mean? it put down those quarter mile times in what vehicles? hemi darts were in the 10s...
False. No showroom stock cars from back then (even now) are in the 10's stock. You might be talking about teh lightweight Race Darts that ran NHRA back in the day. 'glass parts, leaded fuel, high compression, ported, bigger cams, etc. There was never any of those sold through the factory, just made that way when the race teams got the "body in white".
**EDIT: I re-read it and I sounded like a real @$$whole. I didn't mean to come off that way, I just strongly dissagree. Didn't mean anything personal
Yes, the hemi's were not rated correctly from the factory, but neither were the LS6's. Numbers are comparable, but there are no 'real' dyno tests to back up the "differnces" in ratings.
Hemi's, especially the dual quads, were notoriously hard to keep tuned up. Tuning a single 4 barrel can be a challenge, but getting 2 dialed in is extremely hard. The LS6's did it with a single Holley.
ANd the way I always put it when i get into this debate..."If Hemi's were as fast as everyone says and everybody wanted a Hemi if they raced, why are were so many Big Block Chevy's made? It wasn't because they were cheap. It was because they close in power and easier to tune. Why do they command such a high price today? There were so few made, not necissarly because they were 'king'. THe LS6 was the highest HP car to come out of Detriot until the viper. Where is the Hemi on that list? Oh..yea...behind a few other Big Block Chevy's (427/435). "
The problem with the Hemi's is they have such a reputation, everyone thinks they are the best. Have you ever ridden in a Hemi? Neither have I. I am not trying to 'preach' as everyone has their own opinion. But, I will tell you a story. I swear that the guy said this. I wouldn't have believed it if I wasn't there:
I go to a local car show, and there is a 70 'cuda parked nose in to a fence with a crowd of people standing around it. It's a 4 speed, shaker hood, Hemi powered, Cuda. My jaw almost hit the ground. Flawless...absolutely amazing. (Now I am a car guy, and I know Hemi's are cool) So I start talking to the owner. He said it was made for export in 70 and sent to Germany. He found it over there and brought it back...less then 20,000 miles on it. So I told him about my CHevelle. He said he also owns a 396/375 horse stock Chevelle. He then said (and I quote him exactly, I will never forget these words) "When I want to go in a fast car, I take my Chevelle out".
That reaffirmed my belief that a BBC is better then a Hemi. [8D]
And if you want to see a motor, look up an LS7. A few were rumored in Corvettes. Dynoed at 550 (from factory) real world dynos put it well north of 625.