- Dodge shows off two crate engine families at this year’s SEMA show.
- Dodge is rolling out a next-generation Drag Pak engine based on the upcoming turbocharged Hurricane 3.0-liter I6.
- Dodge builds its Hellephant crate engine into a whole host of powerful Hemi powerplants.
Dodge is launching a fleet of Hellephant crate engines at this year’s SEMA show. The Hellephant debuted at SEMA in 2018 as a stand-alone, 426-CID crate engine with 1000 horsepower. Now Dodge and Direct Connection will sell you a whole range of Hellephant models that vary in power and displacement. Dodge is also pulling back the curtain on its Hurricane inline six-cylinder engine platform and its plans for next-generation crate engines.
Kicking off the Hellephant engine line is the entry-level 376-CID, iron-block Hellephant C30, which advertises a cool 900 horsepower. Taking it up a notch, Dodge will push that same 376-CID Hellephant to over 1000 horsepower with the Hellephant C170. The different names represent the percentage of ethanol in the fuel (like proof you would find on a bottle of liquor). Even if you want Lake power, Dodge still offers 426 CID Hellephants under the A30 and A170 banners, with 1000 horsepower and 1100 horsepower respectfully advertised. All of these V8 mills have a 3.0 liter supercharger on top and have improved internal parts compared to the production Hemi engine.
If that’s not good enough, Dodge and Direct Connection will also offer race-ready Hemi reels. Direct Connection will include two race-ready Hemi motorcycles in its catalog: the Drag Pak Hemi which delivers an NHRA-certified 630 horsepower from the 354 CID and 1,500 horsepower from the 426 CID Hemi. But if you want to get your hands on one of these, you’ll need a deep bank account. The Drag Pak Hemi will set you back $56,995 and $59,995 respectively.
Dodge isn’t just flexing its Hemi might at this year’s SEMA show. The team at Dodge and Direct Connection are also making the I6 Hurricane engine available as a crate pack. This turbocharged I6 will be available in three power ratings: 420 hp, 550 hp and over 1000 hp. This 3.0-litre I6 will be named Cat1, Cat3 and CatX and will be sold under the HurriCrate banner.
To make this HurriCrate engine even more interesting, the CatX engine is slated to be the next Drag Pak engine. When asked what Dodge is up to? to use for the upcoming Drag Pak platform, Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis simply said “TBD”. That could mean that Dodge isn’t quite out of the world of internal-combustion coupes and sedans, or it could put one of these in its upcoming EV muscle cars to meet the needs of NHRA Super Stock drag racing. Anyway, if this I6 . with turbocharger is doing makes it into the NHRA stock ranks, it could be an interesting match-up against the V8s from Ford and Chevrolet.
If you’re craving one of these Hellephant or HurriCrate reels for your next project, you’ll have to wait. Dodge says the HurriCrate Cat3 will be available in the second quarter of next year, with the base Cat1 in early 2024. The earliest Hellephant is the 1000 horsepower A30, due in the second quarter of next year, and the C170 is expected to follow in the third quarter. . Rounding out the year is the C30, which is set for Q4 next year. If you want the aluminum A170, you’ll have to wait until Q2 of 2024. Although, given normal demand for the Hellephant, you might want to grab Direct Connection sooner rather than later to get in line. As for the price, the current Hellephant, which will now fall under the A30 flag, costs $29,995. The price for the rest of the lineup has yet to be determined.
Even though Dodge makes a serious effort away of internal combustion, it doesn’t appear that Dodge is completely distancing itself from converting fuel into sound and motion. More interestingly, Dodge is including its new six-cylinder platform in its crate engine program, which will open the doors to even more interesting custom combinations down the line.
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