Mopar offers 807hp Hellcrate V8 for $22k

America just got better – the V8 that powers the Challenger SRT Demon is now available as a crate

By Sam Sheehan / Monday, November 9, 2020

As if we weren’t already jealous enough of the US market’s plentiful supply of affordable high-performance vehicles, Mopar announced last week that the 807hp supercharged V8 of Dodge’s Challenger SRT Demon is now available as a crate engine for $21,807. That’s roughly £16.5k, which equates to a hell of a lot of bang for your buck for anyone after an engine to power their upgraded muscle car or project machine – or, indeed, anyone who wants a coffee table stand with more power than a McLaren Senna.

You may remember that the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 HEMI also powers the recently launched (and rear-wheel drive) Challenger SRT Super Stock, where 717lb ft of torque enables a quarter-mile sprint of 10.5 seconds. The crate motor is technically unchanged from the lump that Dodge fits to its muscle cars, with the ‘Hellcrate’ Redeye using a 2.7-litre supercharger and forged and lightened internals to enable 14.5 psi boost and 6,500rpm redline. It comes as a complete engine assembly, including the throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs, as well as the water pump, front sump oil pan and flexplate.

That last part affirms that this motor is intended to be used with automatic transmissions, and Mopar – FCA’s parts division – said the setup is specifically aimed at customers with pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles. But so long as local road laws allow it, we can’t see anything to stop a buyer from fitting Dodge’s supercharged silly-motor to whatever they please. An 807hp V8 is likely to be an upgrade from pretty much any automotive starting point this side of hypercardom. Assuming you have an engine bay big enough to accommodate it.

Affirming the flexibility of the motor is Mopar’s offering of compatibility-enhancing parts, including a flywheel for manual gearboxes, and a whole front end accessory drive kit for cars lacking the hardware. It adds an alternator, power-steering pump and mounting pieces, as well as belts and pulleys to the package. Given the thickness of Mopar’s brochure, it seems your imagination (and bank balance) are the only limitations to a project’s potential. And should 807hp be too much, the FCA brand still offers its existing four crate motors, starting with a 375hp 5.7-litre baby. The options are endless; as is our jealousy.

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