Mopar put on a huge display at this year’s SEMA event. And they had some very interesting announcements to make – beginning with the addition to their crated engine series for car restorers and tuners. The Mopar ‘Hellcrate’ engine now ships the largest Hemi engine in the family – the 6.2-litre Hemi supercharged engine kit with 707hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
“Never before has a supercharged, factory-direct 707-horsepower crate engine kit been offered, and we are proud to be the first to deliver a solution enthusiasts have demanded,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”
The ‘Hellcrate’ engine provides simple plug and play operation, with the only serious modification work being needed in order to allow the engine to drop in the engine bay.
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 for the 6.2-litre supercharged Crate HEMI Engine. The PCM is unlocked and set to the factory 707- horsepower calibration. The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit is optimised for use with manual transmissions, such as the Tremec Magnum transmission kit.
An essential Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit, which includes an alternator, power steering pump, belts, pulleys and more, is among additional engine accessory hardware components available to assist in installing the Mopar ‘Hellcrate’ HEMI Engine Kit.
The kit is intended for pre-1976 vehicles, although we see it being used in later generation modifications too. It ships in a unique packaging too. The engine is priced at $19,530 while the essential front-end kit adds another $2,195 to the tab.
Prepared for the New Jeep Wrangler
At the press conference for the launch of the ‘Hellcrate’, Mopar also served as the presentation stall for the early reveal of images of the new Jeep Wrangler that will debut at the Los Angeles motorshow. In connection with the reveal, Mopar also announced the immediate availability of 200 new Jeep Performance parts for the new Wrangler.
“An iconic vehicle such as Jeep Wrangler deserves nothing but the best, which is why the Mopar and Jeep brands have developed a new set of product solutions to meet the unique lifestyles of Wrangler owners,” said Pietro Gorlier. “From Jeep Performance Parts like winches and wheels to accessories such as bikini tops and tailgate tables, Mopar has incorporated input from Wrangler owners in bringing to the marketplace the most powerful, reliable and authentic lineup of accessories and performance parts available.”
Special car shown
Mopar also collaborated with Mark Worman of Velocity TV’s Graveyard Carz show to have a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner modified as a tribute to the Superbird. The car was fitted out with the Hellcrate 6.2-litre engine and the Tremec six-speed manual gearbox.