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Hellcat Everything with Dodge’s 707 HP Hellcrate

Your Next Project Car Just Got so Much More Potential

Project cars are the bread and butter of the automotive world. A lot of builds stay pretty simple and only alter the appearance of the car, and if anything gets upgraded it’s going to be the intake and exhaust. When the projects get a little more intense though, something as drastic as swapping out the factory motor might be just what baby needs. While Chevy’s LS line has been extremely popular with motoring enthusiasts, Dodge is throwing its hat into the ring with its newest innovation: The Hellcrate.

The Hellcrate is the infamous motor that gave us the likes of the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The motor is a 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 good for 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

Hellcrate Motor

The Hellcrate actually comes as two separate packages – the motor itself and a support kit loaded with goodies. In the support kit, you’ll find a powertrain control module, power distribution center, engine wiring harness, a fuel pump control module, and a plethora of sensors to help ensure the Hellcrate feels right at home in whatever car it ends up under the hood of.

Perhaps one of the nicest things about this deal is that when both packages are purchased together, the owner becomes eligible for a full factory warranty!

Pietro Gorlier Unveils the Hellcrate at SEMA

Pietro Gorlier Unveils the Hellcrate at SEMA

Pietro Gorlier, FCA head of Parts and Service, had the pleasure of announcing the Hellcrate at this year’s SEMA convention.

“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 Gorlier. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”

While the Hellcrate is sure to bring us some very cool builds, there is an important distinction that FCA would like to make before people go too crazy with things.

You see, the Hellcrate is actually meant for the restoration and resto-mod segment, and is mostly “intended for pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles.”

To showcase exactly what they meant, Velocity’s Graveyard Carz took the liberty of building a Plymouth Superbird replica sporting the new Hellcrate, which was also on display at SEMA 2017.

Graveyard Carz' Plymouth Superbird

Aside from targeting older builds, the Hellcrate also has another drawback, which some of you might’ve guessed by now: it doesn’t come cheap.

The Hellcrate motor sports an MSRP of $19,530, while the engine accessory package will run another $2,195. Outside of that, Dodge also offers the Front End Accessory Drive Kit, which comes with an alternator, power steering pump, and some belts and other components beneficial to a healthy swap for $695.

Engine Accessory Kit

Dodge also mentioned that the engine control module is set to tap into all 707 of those supercharged ponies, and is optimized for use with a manual transmission.

Overall its a big powerful engine that isn’t as affordable as we’d hoped, and is a bit more purpose-built than we’d like, but we’re sure it’s not going to stop some proper Gearheads from cranking the dial to 11 of some ridiculous builds.

If money was no object, what car would you cram a Hellcrate into? Let us know in the comments!

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Eric Ott
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