Not long ago we put out a community question asking if you thought a Ram Hellcat would be a good idea. Unsurprisingly, our Mopar-mad readers loved the idea 707 horsepower pickup truck, but at that time that’s all it as: an idea.
Not anymore, though. Midland Chrysler in Midland, Ontario has installed the venerable 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine in a Ram 1500 Crew Cab to create their very own Ram Hellcat, or RamCat, if you will. Dealer manager Josh Hatton spoke to Road & Track about the epic build, who told them they will build customers their very own RamCat for $90,000.
Building the RamCat was no easy task. The build has been a work in progress since November 2015 and was only made possible after they found a Hellcat engine for sale by a South Carolina dealership for $45,000. Dodge has since banned the sale of Hellcat blocks, so Midland likely got very lucky in acquiring the motor.
Other obstacles apart from acquiring the Hellcat engine in the first place also stood in the way of Midland mechanics. Changes to the firewall and oil pan were made and a body lift had to be performed to fit the tall supercharged V8 in the engine bay of truck (though they plan on lowering it once the build is complete). As with any engine swap project, wiring and other electronics issues also made for more headaches.
Despite the difficulty of the build, Midland pulled it off. The 6.2-liter engine is mated to the truck’s stock ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive transfer case and all of the stock systems work including the HVAC, infotainment and gauges. We’d love to see Fiat Chrysler offer such a product from the factory, but if they don’t, at least we have the heroes over at Midland to lean on.