“Roadkill did it first.” We can say that about a lot of (non-)accomplishments from the show, but Dodge has finally taken one of our best ideas and put it into production: a swap-ready Dodge Hellcat V8 crate engine. Dodge calls it the “Hellcrate.” It’s a good name.
OK, Dodge probably already arrived at the idea before we put the 707-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI in the General Mayhem. (And by “we,” we mean “Diversified Creations” in Michigan.)
But still, Roadkill and Friends did it first (albeit with a lot more work).
Dodge made the big announcement at the SEMA 2017 show and while we already got a Hellcat-swapped classic—it’s very nice—we’re already dreaming of Hellcat-swapping the rest of our pre-1976 fleet. Of course, we won’t swap everything because we don’t want the smoky burnouts to be too good. And Freiburger and Finnegan still like their carbs and their Small-Block Mopars and failing.
The last point is important because Dodge designed the Hellcat crate engine has 707 horsepower that you can drop into your project with “factory-backed quality.” That means less failing than we’re used to.
The 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI has an available kit to do all the engine management work, as well. That includes a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, wiring harnesses, gas pedal, sensors, and everything else to throw more than 700 horsepower at your project.
The whole engine-swap kit comes with unique packaging that features the “Hellcrate” logo. It also comes with instructions and information sheets, which we are reliably informed are those pieces of paper we never look at until we’ve screwed something up.
The Hellcrate engine lists at $19,530 with the engine-management kit adding another $2,195 to the price. Dodge also offers the system (engine and engine-management kit) with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty when purchased together. Yep, that’s a three-year warranty on a 707-horsepower crate engine. There’s probably a clause in there specifically forbidding giving a warranty to Roadkill, though.
You can get more specs and info on the Hellcrate on Mopar’s crate-engine site, www.moparhemicrate.com.