A Dodge Challenger Hellcat with just 18-miles on its odometer has been totalled and had its powertrain removed and for sold by an aftermarket tuning shop.
It’s not clear what happened to the B5 Blue Hellcat, but if we had to wager a guess, we’d say it was probably damaged in transport. The 707 horsepower Hellcat may be a bit tricky to drive, but we seriously doubt someone lost control of it after just 18-miles. The most likely scenario here is that the car fell off the transport truck during the shipping process.
That low-mileage powertrain won’t be going to waste, thankfully. The shop that purchased the wrecked Hellcat, Ohio-based Cleveland Power and Performance, removed the engine, transmission, steering wheel, gauges and all the necessary wiring and modules to make the powertrain run and offered it for sale as part of a turn-key powertrain kit. FCA doesn’t sell the Hellcat engine as a crate motor, so it wasn’t hard for the shop to find a buyer. The turn-key kit is already on its way to its new owner after the shop received the 18-mile Hellcat earlier this week.
While it’s certainly heartbreaking to know a perfectly good Hellcat has been destroyed, we’re happy Cleveland Power and Performance was able to salvage the engine and give it a second lease on life. Now we just need to try and find out what the buyer’s plans for the powertrain are.