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Mopars Hellcrate Brings Hellcat Power to the Masses

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:04 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Mopars Hellcrate Brings Hellcat Power to the Masses



The sprawling Mopar display at this week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas will have a great many vehicles to see, but the biggest news isn’t a vehicle – it is an engine on a stand. At SEMA, Mopar will finally introduce the first crate engine application of the 6.2L supercharged Hellcat Hemi, labeled the Hellcrate.
“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,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”

The new Hellcrate engine package from Mopar will allow those folks building project vehicles to add Hellcat Hemi power without hunting around for a totaled Challenger or Charger. Intended for pre-1976 vehicles (thus avoiding emission concerns), the Hellcrate Hemi engine offers the same 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque as the Hellcat Charger and Challenger, but the unlocked PCM will allow buyers to add lots more power in a hurry. When Challenger and Charger owners tune their own Hellcat cars, they have to have their PCM unlocked before doing so, but the Mopar Hellcrate comes with a ready-to-tune computer system. With that in mind, we can expect that most of the Hellcrate-powered classic Mopars will pack far more than 707 horsepower.


The Mopar Hellcrate Hemi Engine Kit is essentially to “plug and play” capabilities. This package comes with everything that you will need to get the engine running, including the unlocked powertrain control module (PCM), the power distribution center, an engine wiring harness, a chassis harness, the accelerator pedal, a ground jumper, the oxygen sensors, the charge air temperature sensors and the fuel pump control module.



The Hellcrate engine assembly itself ships in a specially decorated crate with the Hellcrate logo on the outside and detailed installation instructions on the inside. The MSRP of this incredible crate engine is $19,530 (PN: 68303089AA), so it isn’t cheap, and you will need to buy the Engine Kit as well, which has an MSRP of $2,195 (PN: 177072452) – leading to a total price of $21,725.

It should be noted that when the new Hellcat Hemi crate engine is purchased and installed with the Hellcrate Engine Kit, the setup comes with a 3-year, unlimited mileage warranty from Mopar. This would only cover proven defects, such as a supercharger bearing going bad, but there is more protection from defect than you would get if you bought a wrecked Hellcat car and pulled the engine for another project.


The availability of the Hellcat Hemi from Mopar will almost certainly lead to more Hellcat-powered project cars, so we are likely to see lots more classic Mopars with the most powerful Chrysler production road engine of all time.

According to today’s release, the Hellcrate is available for order through Mopar immediately, so if you have been hunting for a Hellcat Hemi to put in your classic Mopar muscle car – you can now buy a brand new engine rather than one from a junkyard.
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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Runs an 8.88 Quarter Mile - a New World Record

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:32 AM - by armtorque
2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Runs an 8.88 Quarter Mile - a New World Record-dan_plotkin_charger-jpg

Dan Plotkin recently piloted his 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 down the quarter mile in just 8.88 seconds, setting a new world record for the quickest quarter mile by a car running a nitrous-fed Gen3 Hemi – while also being one of the quickest modern Mopar machines in the world.

We talk about a great many record-setting Dodge Hellcat cars but today, we shift gears a bit, looking at the quickest modern Mopar performance car powered by a Gen3 Hemi without a supercharger or turbochargers. This car has nitrous and a fully built engine (and drivetrain), but there is no other forced induction – making this the quickest nitrous-only Gen3 Hemi car in the world.

Dan Plotkin’s 8-Second Dodge Charger SRT8

While Dan Plotkin’s 2007 Dodge Charger SRT does not have a supercharger or turbocharger, it does have an extensive list of modifications that all worked together to put this car into the 8-second range.

Rather than the 6.1L Hemi (372 cubic inches), Plotkin’s Charger is powered by a 440 cubic inch, high compression Hemi built by MPR. That engine is fitted with Thitek ported cylinder heads, Gearhead Fabrications fender-exit headers, a ported factory intake manifold, a 90mm throttle body. A standalone fuel system and a Nitrous Outlet direct port system with 450hp jets.
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The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody: All About That Grip

Oct 20, 2017 - 4:54 PM - by armtorque
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody: All About That Grip-2018_dodge_challenger_srt_hellcat_widebody-jpg

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is reaching dealerships around the country and while some people online insist that the wider tires can’t make any real difference, more than a thousand miles in the gorgeous Octane Red Mopar muscle car above proves otherwise – as this car offers far better traction than the “normal” Hellcat Challenger. Reprinted from TorqueNews.

When I first drove the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, it was at a media drive event in Indianapolis. We drove the widened Hellcat Challenger on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and on local roads around the area. This combination of track time and road time left me with little doubt that the 305mm-wide tires at all four corners make a big difference in both launch grip and cornering grip, but at the end of the day, I “only” put about 100 miles on the car.

However, I recently spent two glorious weeks with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody living at my house and during that time, I put well over a thousand miles on the 707 horsepower muscle car. During those action-packed test miles, I learned that the big rear tires on the Widebody Hellcat do make a big difference in launch grip. They help with cornering as well, but let’s be honest – far more people buying a Hellcat car are going to be more concerned with grip on a hard launch and in that area, the widened Challenger shines.

Details on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Before getting into my views on the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, here is a quick look at the features and pricing of the newest Mopar muscle car to hit the market.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same 707 horsepower Hemi and the same option of either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The suspension system has been retuned for the wider tires and a new electronic steering system replaces the hydraulic system in the normal Hellcat Challenger, but for the most part, the Widebody Hellcat is mechanically identical to the original Hellcat Challenger.
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