Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar division has at long last relented to public demand, announcing that it will sell its seminal, supercharged “Hellcat” V8 as a crate engine to lend customer builds unfettered access to the same 707 horsepower that motivates Dodge’s SRT Hellcat models and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Hellcat-powered ’66 Charger? You got it. Hellcat-powered ‘Cuda? Go for it. Hellcat-powered Town & Country? You could probably make that work if you know a guy.
Mopar’s 707-horsepower “Hellcrate” motor will carry an MSRP of $19,530, although that sticker price neglects a few odds and ends needed to make it roar. Those extras will be packaged and sold in a $2,195 “Hellcrate Hemi Engine Kit”, and a “Front End Accessory Drive Kit”, whose price hasn’t been announced. The former includes a PCM (Powertrain Control Module), fuel pump control module, engine and chassis wiring harnesses, fuse and relay box, ground jumper, accelerator pedal, oxygen sensors, and charge air temperature sensors. The latter: an alternator, power steering pump, and the requisite belts and pulleys.
When purchased together with the Engine Kit, Mopar’s ready-to-growl Hellcat V8 ships with a 3-year/unlimited-mile warranty. Plus, the supercharged 6.2L Hemi is optimized for use with a manual transmission, so shifts away!
“Never before has a supercharged, factory-direct 707-horsepower crate engine kit been offered, and we are proud to be the first to deliver a solution enthusiasts have demanded,” says Mopar Head of Parts & Service Pietro Gorlier. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”
Unfortunately, beside the eye-watering MSRP, there’s another hang-up with Mopar’s newly-announced 707-horsepower “Hellcrate” V8: it’s only intended for use in vehicles manufactured before 1976. You can thank emissions restrictions for that. Still, there are plenty of states in the union without mandated regular emissions testing, so not that we condone it, but….