Mopar is now taking pre-orders for the massive 426 “Hellephant” crate engine.
Last November, Fiat Chrysler introduced us to their latest and perhaps greatest engine to date: the Hellephant 426 HEMI V8 crate engine. The “426” stands for 426-cubic inches or 7.0-L of displacement. It’s supercharged, naturally, and produces an astounding 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque.
At last year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, FCA showcased the Hellephant under the hood of custom 1968 Dodge Charger, dubbed the “Super Charger” concept. It showed just how easily someone could take a pre-1976 Dodge vehicle and give it more power than a Demon, turning any classic car into a drag-ready monster.
Or at least possessing the power of a drag-ready monster--you’d still have to invest in some suspension and tire upgrades at the very least.
Back then, FCA promised us that while the Charger was just a concept, the engine was very real and would eventually be made commercially available. That day has arrived, with Mopar now taking pre-orders for the Hellephant on their website.
“The reaction when we revealed the 'Hellephant' engine at the SEMA Show was just amazing, and the momentum continued after the show, with close to 1,000 people expressing interest in buying this engine,” said Mopar head Steve Beahm. “Power and performance are ingrained in our brand’s DNA, and there is no better time to open pre-orders of this 1,000-horsepower, supercharged engine than on HEMI Day [4/26].”
Owning a Hellephant isn’t going to be cheap. MSRP for just the engine alone is $29,995, which is more than the price of a brand new base-trim Dodge Challenger. The optional engine kit that makes for "relatively easy plug-and-play for experienced installers" of pre-1976 vehicles costs an additional $2,265.
It should be noted that there are definitely cheaper methods of shoehorning 1,000 horsepower engines into classic cars, so we doubt this will shake up the classic tuner market all that much. But there’s definitely an element of prestige in being able to say you offer a 1,000 horsepower engine.