2017 SEMA: FCA Hellcrate image

This isn’t a new model or even a modified one – but it has the potential to turn any project into something marvelous, so we decided it warrants the attention. It’s FCA’s way of powering the aftermarket community.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, through its subsidiary Mopar, has announced during the 2017 edition of the SEMA show in Las Vegas the introduction of the incredible 707-horsepower 6.2-liter Dodge Hellcat V8 as a crate engine that is “relatively plug-and-play.” Called the Hellcrate, naturally, it arrives in two packages – purchased back to back they will also bring a factory warranty of three years and unlimited mileage. “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, FCA’s head of Mopar parts and service. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”

2017 SEMA FCA Hellcrate 3

The main lure is of course the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8, but it also comes with a separate engine kit with a powertrain control module, power distribution center, engine wiring harness, fuel pump control module, and a raft of other sensors and accessories that ensure the engine will be safely and efficiently hooked to the car. FCA even added the kit is optimized for the direct use of all the 707 horsepower, when combined with a manual transmission. FCA also adds, as a separate purchase, a Front End Accessory Drive kit, which includes things such as an alternator and power steering pump as well as various belts and components matched to the Hellcat engine. The engine swap cost is $21,725 – $19,530 for the engine and another $2,195 for the electronics kit.