When Chrysler announced it was bringing back the legendary Hemi in the early 2000s, it was a big deal. This new series of Hemi engines is often referred to as the “Gen. 3” after the first generation FirePower (1951-59) and second generation Elephant 426 (1964-71).
Note: This Spec Guide is part of a series of Hemi Engine Spec guides we’re putting together. See Other Hemi Engine Spec Guides Here.
Introducing the 6.1L Hemi & the SRT-8s
It didn’t take long for the demand for more power from the 5.7L Gen III Hemi introduced in 2003 to spawn a larger displacement 6.1L Hemi engine. Its larger bore helped breathing through the new Eagle style heads. This engine was born directly out of Chrysler’s SRT performance arm and used exclusively in SRT-related platforms. This engine can be immediately identified by its unique barrel-shaped aluminum intake manifold, as it was the only Gen III Hemi to use this material in the intake. It’s also regarded as a transitional engine that eventually led to even larger displacements of 6.2L and 6.4L.
This Engine Guide is Specifically for the 2005-2010 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi.
VIN Identification: The 8th digit in the VIN designates the engine in the vehicle—W= 6.1L V8 CYL SRT HEMI Gasoline MPI.
2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Engine Performance
|Mopar 6.1L Hemi Performance Ratings|
|Horsepower||425 @ 6,200 RPM|
|Torque||420 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 RPM|
2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Vehicle Applications
|2006-10||Jeep||Grand Cherokee SRT-8|
2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Engine Block Specs
|Mopar 6.1L Hemi Block Specs|
|Displacement||6.1L / 370 c.i.d.|
|Thrust Bearing Location||Number 3|
|Main Cap Style||2 Bolts with Lateral Cross-Bolts|
|Bellhousing Bolt Pattern||Same as Earlier Magnum LA V8 Small Block, but with Top Center Bolt Eliminated|
2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Engine Rotating Assembly
|Mopar 6.1L Hemi Engine Rotating Assembly Specs|
|Piston Style||Flat Top with Valve Notches (Note: All notches are NOT the same.)|
|Piston Ring Package||1.5mm, 1.5mm, 3.0mm|
|Wrist Pin Diameter||0.984" (25mm)|
|Connecting Rod Material||Powdered Metal|
|Connecting Rod Style||I-Beam|
|Connecting Rod Length||6.242"|
|Connecting Rod Bearing Bore||2.125"|
|Crankshaft Material||Forged Steel|
|Crankshaft Main Journal Dia.||2.559"|
|Crankshaft Rod Journal Dia.||2.126"|
|Crankshaft Reluctor Count||32x|
|Crankshaft Mounting Flange||8 Bolts|
2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Engine Cylinder Heads
|Mopar 6.1L Hemi Engine Cylinder Head Specs|
|Cylinder Head Material||Aluminum|
|Intake Port Shape||Square|
|Intake Runner Volume||188cc|
|Exhaust Port Shape||"D" Shaped|
|Exhaust Port Volume||57cc|
|Intake Valve Diameter||2.075"|
|Intake Valve Design||Hollow Stem|
|Exhaust Valve Diameter||1.58"|
|Exhaust Valve Design||Hollow Stem, Sodium Filled|
|Cylinder Head Bolt Style||Torque to Yield (TTY)|
|Cylinder Head Bolt Size||M12 x 1.5mm & 8mm|
2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Engine Cam Specs
|Mopar 6.1L Hemi Engine Camshaft Specs|
|Adv. Duration @ 0.006" (Intake/Exhaust)||283 / 286|
|Duration @ 0.050" (Intake/Exhaust)||221 / 225|
|0.571" / 0.551"|
|Multiple Displacement System (MDS)?||No|
|Variable Cam Timing (VCT)?||No|
|Cam Journal Dia.||57mm Front
(Note: Smaller to the rear.)
2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Engine Valvetrain Specs
|Mopar 6.1L Hemi Valvetrain Specs|
|Lifter Link Style||Plastic Holder|
|Lifter Body Diameter||0.842"|
|Rocker Arm Mounting Style||Shaft|
|Rocker Arm Style||Die Cast, Roller Fulcrum|
|Rocker Ratio||1.60:1 (Intake)
|Valve Spring Style||Beehive|
|Valve Angle||18° (Intake)
|Timing Chain Guide Style||Spring-Loaded Tensioner|
Other 2005-10 Mopar Gen. III 6.1L Hemi Engine Specs
|6.1L Hemi Throttle Body, Fuel Injectors, Oil Pan & More|
|Intake Manifold||Aluminum Barrel Shape
(Unique to 6.1L)
|Throttle Body||80mm, 4-Bolt|
|Fuel Injector Flow||35 lb./hr. @ 58 PSI|
|Flex Fuel Capable||No|
|Fuel Injector Connector||USCAR, EV6|
|Camshaft Sensor Location||Passenger Side, Front|
|Oil Pan||Varies by Application|
|Variable Cam Timing (VVT)||No|
|Total Weight, Full Dress||578 lbs.|
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The 6.1 gets no LOVE WHY? Is there a problem with it? I look for things for this engine and it seems to get little attention? Like it’s the bad stepchild. I have a 2010 6.1 Challenger Manuel with over 110,000 miles and very few problems . a few coil pack replacements Oh yes the trans locked up..broke but not the 6.1 Hemi (I complained about that from the first day I bought it ) Second into third was not smooth..was told Viper tech looked at it and said it was fine..I said no it’s not..it does not sync right going into third. Continued not happy with the trans Well it broke a few years later 3rd gear syncs were bad@#$%^. Had it rebuilt by Tick Performance HI-PO upgrade rebuild had all the crap taken out no skip shift anything< I had that also Tuned out by High Horse Performance before that when I had it dyno tuned a few years earlier made 390hp at the wheels Stock Diablo tune with long tubes highflow cats (kooks both) Corsa Ex cat backs HHP tuned to 415 Save tune on 93 stock they said with better gas it could be better… not good gas in..PA. not very stable gas I've wanted to mod the motor but it seems it gets no love or any real performance love. The 5.7 all years (puke) gets more attention? 6.2 though blown is a tiny hair more cid and gets a ton of love the 6.4 is nothing to call home about sorry ! A stroked 6.1 will match or beat it. 6.1 it seems to get over looked? Is it because it ran for a short time ? I wanted the Edelbrock supercharger but with the new 2650 blower Why wont they update it to 2650 The 5.7 gets it ..but not the 6.1 (WHY) I see it all over 5.7 6.4 6.2 Hellcat but little for the 6.1 HEMI noo no no no you get overlooked.. now looking at the twin turbo setup and forged internals..new rear end drive / wheels shafts and an upgraded trans maybe a slick shift just pull and go if you get my drift expensive but ..wow I want a stick and multi disc clutch and and $$$$$$………
Bonjour, le 6,1l sur Challenger 2010 , ce moteur est il un small block ou un Big block ? Merci pour votre réponse c’est très important pour moi de le savoir.merci beaucoup pour votre tableau sur le srt8.
Merci d’avoir lu! Bien qu’il n’ait jamais été officiellement établi, de nombreux passionnés de Mopar considèrent le Gen. III Hemi comme un petit bloc en raison de sa taille externe (et non de son déplacement)