Las Vegas, Nevada – So your neighbor built a custom hot rod with a $21,000 Chevy LS9 crate engine that pumps out 638hp and 604 lb-ft. of torque. How cute.
Looking to put the performance enthusiast engine market in a headlock and give its competitors noogies, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)’s Mopar division released the Hellephant 426 Hemi crate engine at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.
- 950 lb-ft of torque
The engine is a 426in3 (6.9L) beast with 4.125” bore and 4.0” stroke mated to a supercharger that generates a 9.5:1 compression ratio. The kit will be available in early 2019. FCA has not released pricing, but it’s a safe bet that it won’t be a budget option.
“Our enthusiasts crave power and performance and our new Hellephant Mopar crate Hemi engine and kit deliver huge horsepower and torque in a plug-and-play package that is unique in the industry,” said Steve Beahm, head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America.
The all-aluminum block, used in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak race vehicles that dominated the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class, was configured for the street in close collaboration with Mopar and engineers from the motorsports world.
The engine’s name stems from the 1964 426 Hemi engine, a massive V-8 that won the nickname elephant for its size and power output. The FCA marketing department mixed that name with the Hellcat and Hellcrate names they’ve used for specialty editions of the Challenger muscle car and the 707hp crate engine kit that powers it.
The complete assembly kit includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injector,s and coil packs. The engine assembly and kit are designed for installation on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles.