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…)
EngageSportMode likes cars that are painted orange. It also likes the Dodge SRT Hellcat twins. Someone, somewhere, has been listening to our prayers it would seem. Thank you!
We’re not sure which sacrifice, offering or blessing it was that made this happen – we’re just pleased one of them worked. Joking aside, the option to purchase a 707hp Challenger or Charger SRT Hellcat in a classic Dodge colour makes us rather happy. The wonderfully named ‘Go Mango’ orange paint option was first introduced on the 1970 Dodge Challenger, producing one of the greatest muscle car colour combinations ever.
We’d probably go with the Challenger…
…in Hellcat trim, obviously.
We saw Dodge offer ‘Plum Crazy’ on the Challenger and Charger models last year, but orange was always going to be our favourite. You don’t have to be ordering a supercharged 6.2-litre Hellcat model to live out your tangerine dreams, as it can also be specified for the SRT 392 models. But, let’s be realistic here. You’re buying a ridiculous bright-orange muscle car. You need to buy the one with a 707hp 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine, not the one with only 485hp.
You’d never have to worry about losing your car in a parking lot.
Or worry about friends asking for a lift home.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the United States, you can head on down to your local Dodge dealer and order one of these bad boys right now. Hopefully it’ll arrive before Donald Trump ends up as President as, by that point, he’ll be the most important orange-coloured thing in the USA. We’ll leave you with that frankly terrifying thought.
Yes, this feels a little bit like deja vu we know. But to accompany the release of the Dodge Charger Hellcat, there’s a “sizzle” video that features Motley Crüe again.
In fact it’s almost identical to the one Dodge used for the Challenger Hellcat but, quite frankly, we don’t care. It’s a 707 horsepower saloon (or sedan) doing burnouts and going sideways. What more do you want?!
What could make a seven hundred and seven horsepower modern muscle car better? Ridiculously low pricing, that’s what! Which, if you’re lucky enough to live on the other side of the Atlantic, is what’ll you’ll be offered.
We’ve made almost as much noise about the Hellcat as the car itself does. But our love for the badass 6.2 supercharged HEMI Challenger got cranked up a notch today as Dodge announced the starting prices. For a car which will run a NHRA certified standing quarter-mile in just 10.8 seconds, you’ll need to stump up $59,995.
That’s the equivalent of only £35,000! We managed to spec an Audi S1 quattro to just shy of £32k recently, but here’s a 707 bhp muscle car for a tad more. As a result, EngageSportMode just loves the Hellcat even more than before. To celebrate, check out this YouTube video of it on the move. Turn your speakers to loud: