It's not an early April Fools', someone is actually building one.
Dodge and Stellantis' push to "Hellcat all the things" has produced some incredible results. We've got 700+ hp coupes like the Dodge Challenger, sedans like the Charger, and even a Hellcat-powered SUV. But up until very recently, one Hellcat-powered machine has eluded MOPAR fans: a Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat minivan.
Freddy "Tavarish" Hernandez is setting out to change that because Dodge and Stellantis won't. The YouTuber shared the post you see below on Instagram, showing the Hellcat badge and fender of an as-yet-unshown vehicle. That vehicle is the Hellcat Pacifica rendered by Abimelec Design back in 2020.
Speculation on the existence of a Pacifica with the motor from a Dodge Challenger began back in 2016 when Fiat-Chrysler designer Ralph Giles shared his rendering of a Hellcat-powered people-hauler on social media. Since then, the idea has come to personify the "Hellcat everything" movement within Stellantis brands Jeep and Dodge. At one point, Dodge came out and said their engineers simply couldn't make it work, and the idea was thought to have died then and there.
But with Tavarish's Instagram post, we now know we're at least getting a one-off of the almost-mythical muscle car. Freddy calls it "the most insane build I've ever done," and says it starts next month at the 2022 New York Auto Show with Classic Car Club Manhattan, who in conjunction with eBay Motors, partnered up with Freddy for the upcoming build.
Freddy's post has a hashtag that reads "#SEMA2022," indicating that the car could debut in final form at the famous tuning show in Las Vegas this year. It's easy to see why Freddy already called it the hardest build he's ever done. The sheer size of Dodge's Hellcat motor isn't going to be easy to fit into the frame of a minivan normally equipped with a significantly smaller engine. More than this, the Pacifica is a FWD vehicle built to accommodate transversely-mounted engines, not longitudinal-mounted as the Hemi V8 needs to be. But if anyone can do it and make it run, it's the man who basically rebuilt a McLaren from scratch.