Owners of the next iteration of the Nissan Titan will finally be able to say, "That thang's got a Hemi!"
PickupTrucks.com has confirmation from Chrysler LLC chairman Jim Press that the next-generation Nissan Titan will receive a version of Chrysler's 5.7 liter Hemi V-8 gas engine. This makes sense when you consider that last May, the Chrysler LLC and Nissan Motor Co. announced that the next Titan half-ton pickup would be built by Chrysler at its plant in Saltillo, Mexico, and that the next Titan would be based on the all-new Dodge Ram 1500. While at the time Nissan and Chrysler didn't state what powerplant would be powering the new Titan, it only made sense that it'd be the Hemi, since the platform had already been built around it.
The 380-horsepower Hemi is the most powerful engine available for the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. The new engine features a host of improvements over the previous 5.7 liter Hemi, including variable valve timing and increased usage of cylinder deactivation tech to boost horsepower and torque by 10 percent and 8 percent, while increasing fuel economy by up to 4 percent.
With Chrysler and Nissan implementing the V-8 Hemi engine and in light of Ford's developments with, it appears to us that the rumors of the V-8's death have been greatly exaggerated.