Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has released a very intriguing video, with subsidiary Mopar posting a teaser of what is likely an upcoming monster crate engine via Twitter last week.
The post promises a huge announcement this Tuesday and there are enough hints to suggest what's coming.
The video shows a pair of flaming pawprints, likely representing the Hellcat, being stomped out by markedly larger prints that bear resemblance to that of an elephant. A Charger then appears over the prints to perform a burnout. And the words "something big is coming" emerge from the smoke.
SOMETHING BIG IS COMING!— MOPAR (@OfficialMOPAR) October 24, 2018
On October 30, 2018, all will be revealed. Be sure to check https://t.co/7CjwyctPAf for more details on our next game changer. #Mopar #MoparSEMA #SEMA2018 pic.twitter.com/zdI2HPA5i8
Fans—based on their comments after watching said video—have been led to believe that the video signifies the return of the 426 Hemi V-8, simply known as the "Elephant" due to its huge size and massive power output. There is further evidence to suggest as much, given that Mopar's site has posted a banner image showing peanuts and peanut shells.
The wait won't be much longer, though, with Oct. 30, 2018, just around the corner. And a very special announcement is expected during the 2018 SEMA show that is set to kick off on the day.
FCA, meanwhile, are quite big on teasers, most of which are cryptic. Yet this recent one has left little doubt that the "Elephant" could be making a return. They also asked that interested persons visit cratehemi.com for further details, so it's likely that a new crate engine is what's being teased and it's also likely that it will be enclosed in the classic charger from the video.
Mopar already offers the Hellcrate, designed for pre-1976 model cars, also coming with essentials such as a powertrain control module, fuel pump control module and other sensors.
The Hellcat crate engine gets you the same 707 hp and 650 pound-ft of torque from other namesake models but users are given the opportunity to harness more capabilities as the control module is unlocked.
The recent video, however, seems to suggest that their new crate engine will offer even more power.