Mopar released a video this week teasing “something big” it’s bringing to this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, and while cryptic, it contains plenty of hints that seem to point to a new 7.0-liter crate motor intended for restomod projects.
The video, which can be seen above, shows a pair of glowing red hot cat paw prints in the pavement being leveled and extinguished by two much larger, rounder prints, which look like they might belong to an elephant. After those two indentations are left in the pavement, we watch from overhead as a vintage Plymouth GTX rolls into the frame, and after a beat, the words “Something Big Is Coming” appear on the screen, followed by the Mopar logo.
The Return Of The “Elephant”?
The large, second pair of paw prints in Mopar’s teaser video seem likely to be a reference to Chrysler’s second-generation Hemi “elephant engine” – a 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) hemi V8 introduced in 1964, and the first engine to use Crysler’s then-new “Hemi” trademark. There have been rumors that a 7.0-liter Hemi V8 is in development for use in a forthcoming Ram Rebel TR, but it’s unclear how much that engine might share with a new Mopar “Elephant” crate motor.
It seems unlikely to us that a 426-cubic-inch crate motor would be supercharged, given its gargantuan displacement, but of course, it’s a possibility. Were it to be fed by a supercharger, it could very easily exceed the more-than-700 horsepower put out by Mopar’s “Hellcrate” Hellcat crate motor.
We’ll know more on October 30th, when the 2018 SEMA Show officially gets underway, and Mopar reveals the full details of its “something big”. Stay tuned.