Last October, Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar parts brand sent much of the American auto enthusiast crowd into a tizzy, announcing that the supercharged, 707-horsepower V8 from the Dodge SRT Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat would be available as a crate motor. This meant that just about any Tom, Dick, or Jane with the required $19,530 could get a complete, ready-to-rumble 707-horsepower Hemi delivered straight to their door, for use in any vintage restoration project manufactured before 1976.
Now, though, buyers won’t have to pony up $19,530 for the 707-horsepower “Hellcrate”, as it’s called. As The Drive reports, the hellacious, supercharged crate motor is currently marked down by $4,532 at Mopar Pro Shop out of Columbia, South Carolina. This means that for $14,998 – about the same price as a used Dodge Journey – you could have one of the most exciting, headline-grabbing super-high-output motors of the 21st century.
Granted, a customer will likely have to spend a few grand more than that to have a working setup, as the Hellcat crate motor doesn’t ship with the necessary electronics, an alternator, or a power steering pump. Those odds and ends, split between a “Hellcrate Hemi Engine Kit” and a “Front End Accessory Drive Kit”, carry a combined MSRP of $2,195.
And, according to The Drive, Mopar Pro Shop has just one 707-horsepower Hellcrate motor left in stock, so we don’t figure it will be available at that sub-$15k price for too much longer.
If only we had that sort of money lying around…