DETROIT – It didn’t take Ward’s editors long to decide which of 2003’s 10 Best Engines winners should be the subject of a year-long test: No engine launched for the ’03 model year had the singular impact of the 5.7L Hemi Magnum V-8 from DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group. The all-new Hemi, as everyone now knows, borrows from the renowned Hemi V-8 of the 1950s and 1960s that burned rubber into the public consciousness thanks to impressive performance on the stock-car circuits of the era – ...

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