The 2017 Speciality Equipment Market Association show kicks off tomorrow, but Dodge has already stolen headlines with a very special box.
What’s in the box? Oh, you know, just a 6.2-litre Supercharged HEMI V8 engine with 707hp and 650lb-ft of torque. Yes indeed, Mopar has announced that the terrifying motor found in the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models will be available to buy, and be delivered in a crate straight to your door.
Amazon probably won’t be delivering this with a drone.
Crate motors are nothing new in America, with major manufacturers already offering a range of big-block engines to wedge into whatever project you fancy. General Motors offers a gigantic 572 -cubic inch (9.4-litre) V8, whilst Ford will happily sell you a 400+hp Modular engine.
But this is the big one, the engine that seemingly everyone – ESM included – has been rather interested in since we first saw the Hellcat drift into view. Now we can dream about just what we could shove a 707hp supercharged engine under the bonnet of, and where we’re going to find the requisite $19,530 to buy one. All donations gladly received. Mopar will also offer a $2,195 Hellcrate HEMI engine kit, designed to enable easier installation of the monster motor in pre-1976 cars. (more…)
America is in a rather strange situation politically at the moment. Thankfully, things are just as crazy in the world of muscle cars. How better to improve on the Challenger SRT Hellcat than by making it wider?
Yes, it’s another Mopar creation on EngageSportMode. No, we’re not sponsored by Dodge. Although if Sergio Marchionne wants to share some of his indeterminable wealth, we’re more than happy to sell out here. Or we will accept payment in the form of a Challenger SRT Hellcat.
“Happy 4th of July! Let’s celebrate it by adding a widebody kit to the already mental 707hp SRT Hellcat”. We like to think that those were the words which came out of the Dodge engineers, and marketeers, responsible for this latest creation. This wasn’t a particularly challenging exercise for the people at Dodge; taking the flared fenders from the Demon and slotting them on the Hellcat instead. (more…)
After the purple Mclaren yesterday, now comes two purple Dodges. This is just the tip of the iceberg; ESM is willing to stake whole pounds that purple is going to be the ‘next big thing’ that every car manufacturer chooses to use.
If there is anything the muscle car period of the early 1970s can be remembered for, aside from crazy horsepower and cheap prices, was the offering of increasingly lurid colour choices. Dodge probably tops the list for craziest names, with ‘Go Mango’ orange, ‘Top Banana’ yellow, and ‘Sublime’ green some of the best known hues appearing as High Impact colours on a variety of Mopar metal.
Plum Crazy debuted in 1970. As seen on this ’70 Charger RT
1971 Challenger RT also rocking the purple
The big excitement, from Dodge’s marketing department, is the limited-edition offering of ‘Plum Crazy’ purple for 2016 model Chargers and Challengers. It’s a little bit of a con, as Dodge has listed Plum Crazy as an option previously on 2010, 2013 and 2014 model year cars. But, we don’t care too much, as this time around it’s extended to include the Hellcat.
Not a Hellcat, but a 2016 Challenger 392 with HEMI Scat Pack Shaker
So yes, not only can you have a 707bhp Challenger or Charger, but now you can also have it in purple.It’d probably be the ESM colour of choice, given the lack of Hemi Orange on the list.
At EngageSportMode we have a fairly healthy, or possibly unhealthy, obsession with photos of muscle cars doing silly burnouts. So when Dodge showed off the new Mopar Challenger Drag Pak cars, we knew we had to feature them.
Whilst you can knock America for many things, what you can’t criticise is the way the auto builders of the US make it easy for you to go racing. Right now you can log onto the Mopar website, put in your details, and snag a Drag Pak Challenger. It’s that simple. Well, there’s the small issue of money too, but that’s not as big a deal as you might think.
Available in two flavours, you can have your Challenger with either a supercharged 354-cubic-inch HEMI V8, or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch HEMI V8. For those of you more familiar with the metric system, that’s 5.8 or 7.0 litres respectively. Pricing for the 354 supercharged HEMI starts at $109,354 (£70,300), with the bigger ‘retro’ naturally aspirated 426 block option costing a bargain $99,426 (£63,900). Alternatively, you could be boring and buy something far more sensible…
It’s drag racing, so this behaviour is actually encouraged
No word on whether the torque twists the chassis coming off the line