Forget The 392 HEMI, How About A 397 HEMI Instead?

R/T Life Builds Up His 5.7-liter To A New 6.5-liter Configuration...

Our friend and contributor R/T Life, has been on the quest to find the most bang for the dollar performance for his 2015 Dodge Charger R/T’s 5.7-liter HEMI V8. He has had his ups and downs, showing us a lot of bolt-on ideas that many of us 5.7-liter HEMI V8 owners have done over the years. But there comes a point in time when you can only bolt-on so much and you have to step things up to the next level.

So R/T Life’s 5.7-liter (345 cubic-inch) HEMI V8 went under the knife at Jannetty Racing in Waterbury, Connecticut, to create something that will amp up the search of more horsepower for his Charger R/T. Enter a new modified version of his original HEMI to a cammed 6.5-liter (397 cubic-inch) configuration. Forget the Scat Pack’s 392 SRT HEMI V8, we have seen some pretty crazy builds using the 5.7-liter HEMI as the basis and this might be the start for another one. 

R/T Life’s Dodge Charger R/T with 397 HEMI. (R/T Life).

Now R/T Life is just jumping to forced-induction just yet, but this new version of his original HEMI will be a work in progress. The motor still has to be fine-tuned, but there is now a new platform to step up the horsepower and torque numbers.

So what do you think of a 6.5-liter (397 cubic-inch) HEMI V8? How much horsepower and torque, do you think the new layout will make? Leave your comments below.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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