Up to this point, basically anyone who wanted to do a Hellcat engine swap into their hot rod had to source one from a wrecked Challenger or Charger, but now you can get one factory-direct in the form of the Mopar “Hellcrate.”
Hand over $19,530 US to Fiat Chrysler’s performance arm and you’ll get a 6.2-litre supercharged HEMI crate engine; add another $2,195 and you’ll get an engine kit with all the electronic hookups you need to make that 707-horsepower monster work with whatever you want to drop it into.
The kit includes a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, and fuel pump control module. The PCM comes unlocked and already set to the factory 707-horsepower calibration.
The last piece of the puzzle is a Front End Accessory Drive Kit, which includes a power steering pump, belts, an alternator, pulleys and the like. Mopar didn’t name a price for that kit, but did say if you get all three pieces – the engine, engine kit, and FEAD kit – it’s a pretty simple “plug-and-play” install.
While the crate engine has been optimized for manual transmissions, we’re sure resourceful hot rodders can make this Hellcat crate work with just about anything, and we’re excited to see what people come up with. What would you drop a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine into?