And yes, the crate engine is still sold out.
It's been exactly one year since Dodge and Mopar unveiled its 1,000 horsepower Hellephant V8 crate engine. This 426 cubic-inch 7.0-liter Hemi V8 packs said horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque. Mopar claims this is the first 1,000-HP crate engine ever offered by an OEM. Not at all shockingly, buyers responded. Last May, we reported all 100 examples had sold out, priced at $29,995 each. It's really one hell of a bargain, assuming one could get their hands on one. Unfortunately for those who did, they have still yet to receive their orders. Production has yet to begin.
Muscle Cars and Trucks, however, claims it's learned from company sources that Hellephant production will finally get underway before the end of this year.
Apparently, there were some mechanical issues that had to be sorted out. One of the main problems was too much camshaft tension which lead to the part's failure. FCA rightly sought to fix the issue before production and deliveries began.
"The response was pretty overwhelming. They 'sold out' a year's worth of production in two days… I can't speak to the delay, but of course with anything we bring to market we want to make sure that it's fully validated and appropriate for customer use," said head of Mopar performance and accessories Kim Mathers to MC&T. Hand-built in Indiana, the Hellephant can also be ordered with the $2,265 easy to install "plug-and-play" kit for just about any pre-1976 vehicle.
This kit includes an unlocked powertrain and 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 a cam bus interface device.
The Hellephant V8 was utilized for the SEMA 2018 Dodge Super Charger Concept, pictured above. Obviously, the sky is the limit as to what Hellephant owners will eventually create.