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Miles Wilson
Miles Wilson Reader Services
10/31/18 12:42 p.m.

Photos Courtesy Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Mopar wowed attendees at this week’s SEMA show by announcing the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine and Kit, a 1000-horsepower beast loosely based on the Hellcat engine. (The “Hellephant” moniker is a nod to the original Mopar 426 Hemi, which was nicknamed "elephant" thanks to its prodigious power and size.)

At SEMA, the slick 1968 Dodge "Super Charger" Concept was used to showcase the full engine package, which will be available in early 2019.

Here's what you need to know:

This new all-aluminum engine will offer 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. of torque from the factory, with nearly plug-and-play installation thanks to accessory kits designed for pre-1976 and off-road vehicles.

The Engine Kit supplies an unlocked Powertrain Control Module and all accessories, wiring harnesses, etc. needed to extract full performance from the engine once it is installed in the vehicle.

An optional Front End Accessory Drive Kit includes an alternator, power steering pump, and belts/pulleys to make everything function as it should.

All of these options are reminiscent of the "Hellcrate" engine kit revealed at last year's show, but with an even higher power level available.

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10/31/18 1:02 p.m.


I'm legit asking. How many new levels are needed? How many new engine combinations, Challenger types and subdivisions, and boxes to check do we need? How many SCAT packs and monikers? It's one thing to be pushing your technology and engineering to new heights; it's another when your company has no stability and your prime seller is running a body and chassis nearly 10 years old.

I love to death that Dodge is smashing OEM numbers and expectations, but I hate how it's a one-upping game only with themselves. At this point, I just look at this and go 'eh'.

NickD UberDork
10/31/18 1:06 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

This isn't going into an OEM application. This is an aftermarket crate motor. 

edizzle89 SuperDork
10/31/18 1:36 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

why put coilovers on?

why put sticky tires on?

why put lighter wheels on?

why put a turbo on?

why reduce weight?

why add aero?

why do an engine swap?


because sometimes its just fun to do hoodrat stuff with your friends.

glueguy Dork
10/31/18 1:36 p.m.

That will fix a Prowler.

SaltyDog HalfDork
10/31/18 2:06 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

Why not?

NordicSaab Dork
10/31/18 2:12 p.m.


RossD MegaDork
10/31/18 2:12 p.m.

 " Well, huh, might as, might as well ask why is a tree good? Why is the sunset good? Why are boobs good? Man, firecrackers, ya stick 'em in mailboxes, you drop 'em in toilets, shove 'em up bullfrogs asses. "

-Joe Dirt

wearymicrobe UberDork
10/31/18 2:18 p.m.
glueguy said:

That will fix a Prowler.

2800lb's with 1000HP. Yeath that would do it. Thought there are a few hellcat prowlers running around now so its not so far fetched. 

Also MOPAR while you are still high on cocaine build a 2nd gen Prowler for me. 


Image result for hellcat prowler

EastCoastMojo Mod Squad
10/31/18 2:26 p.m.

Mastodon would have been a much better name.

z31maniac MegaDork
10/31/18 2:41 p.m.

While I don't share GIRTHQUAKES dislike of the craziness, I will say I have driven a few high HP cars on the street, for me, it does get a little old after awhile.

I want the car to hook up and go, I don't care about doing rolling burnouts at triple-digit speeds. 


irish44j UltimaDork
10/31/18 2:56 p.m.

Phew! For a minute there I thought they might be doing something crazy, like introducing a new car design. Good to see Dodge is sticking with its tried-and-true "just make more horsepower available and keep making decade-old car designs." 'Murica!



Robbie UltimaDork
10/31/18 3:05 p.m.

I wouldn't kick it out of my garage.

_ Reader
10/31/18 3:38 p.m.

What kinda warranty on that? 

Cooter Dork
10/31/18 3:41 p.m.

I'm just trying to figure how to get the FMV low enough for a recoup...

wheelsmithy SuperDork
10/31/18 3:57 p.m.

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

I didn't read the whole thread, and hope I'm not the first to reply thusly:


Seriously, I do see your point, but on a planet we're rapidly killing, which in turn kills us, ...maybe I'd better shut up before I go political/dark. 

NordicSaab Dork
10/31/18 4:02 p.m.

In reply to _ : What kinda warranty on that? 

10 years, 100,000 Miles, 3 burnouts, or 5 drags races whichever comes first.  

_ Reader
10/31/18 4:59 p.m.

Kind of seems like the drag races should be more and the burnouts should be less, but that’s one hell of a warranty!

honestly, if they don’t specify how long a burnout is, with 1000 hp, I could make a burn out last a lifetime

thatsnowinnebago SuperDork
10/31/18 5:37 p.m.

I, for one, welcome our new 1000HP crate motor overloads. 

rdcyclist Reader
10/31/18 5:51 p.m.

How much does it weigh?

MrSmokey New Reader
10/31/18 6:00 p.m.

Are they selling any performance upgrades for this thing?laugh

_ Reader
10/31/18 6:14 p.m.

Somebody should do a really fast Dodge for the next challenge, and call it the Heffalump

ebonyandivory PowerDork
10/31/18 6:53 p.m.

Who wants to go back to the times when the fastest Mustang had like 245 hp? Not me.

Thinkkker UltraDork
10/31/18 8:00 p.m.

Why is that guy in the middle up there?  I was on board till they included him in the photos there.....


poopshovel again
poopshovel again MegaDork
10/31/18 8:25 p.m.
wheelsmithy said:

In reply to GIRTHQUAKE :

I didn't read the whole thread, and hope I'm not the first to reply thusly:


Seriously, I do see your point, but on a planet we're rapidly killing, which in turn kills us, ...maybe I'd better shut up before I go political/dark. 

...he typed, piously, from his electronic device made from materials mined by young Congolese slaves and assembled by an eight-year-old Chinese girl sitting on a cardboard box earning $.30/day. 

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