Fiat Chrysler has officially unveiled the Hellcat-inspired “Hellephant” engine.
We’re getting pretty used to FCA producing ludicrously powerful engines. Now we’ve been gifted the most powerful engine that Mopar has ever produced: the 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine named the “Hellephant.”
There’s a lot to unpack here, so we’ll break it down in the order by which each word appears. At the start, 426 stands for 426 cubic inches, or 7.0-L, which represents the displacement for this massive V8 engine. Next, the 7.0-L V8 is supercharged to produce 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque.
And best of all, as a Mopar Crate Engine, you can stick this bad boy in any old vehicle you have laying around. Designed to be installed on any pre-1976 vehicles, Mopar engineers aimed to make the Hellephant as plug-and-play as humanly possible.
The name itself pays homage to the "legendary Mopar 426 HEMI Engine, nicknamed 'elephant' engine for its power and size," according to FCA. But just because it’s made to work with old vehicles doesn’t mean there isn’t anything new to be found. Much of the engine comes from the modern Demon and Hellcat, including the valve covers from the Hellcat Redeye and valve train valves, locks, and retainers from the Demon.
Along with the engine itself, the Mopar kit comes with a powertrain control module, power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, fuel pump control module, and cam bus interface device.
The engine alone would have been exciting enough, but FCA went one step further in displaying it inside their brand new 1968 Dodge "Super Charger" Concept. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the car, it uses the same Hellephant engine connected to a stock T-6060 manual six-speed Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat transmission. It also uses the exhaust tips from an Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the seats from a Dodge Viper.
You can expect to see the Hellephant engine available in the first quarter of 2019, and then a whole bunch of old Dodge Chargers with 1,000 hp shortly thereafter.