FCA unveils 1,000hp Hemi engine and new Charger concept at SEMA 2018

The engine goes on sale next year
by Jason Tulio | Nov 3, 2018
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Anyone call for a 1,000hp Hemi? If so, Mopar has just the right block for you. The equipment manufacturer under Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has just unveiled this monster engine called the ‘Hellephant’ at SEMA 2018. And alongside it is the Dodge ‘Super Charger’ Concept.

“Our enthusiasts crave power and performance, and our new ‘Hellephant’ Mopar Crate HEMI engine and kit deliver huge horsepower and torque in a plug-and-play package that is unique in the industry,” said Steve Beahm, the head of parts and service for Mopar, and passenger car brands for FCA North America.

He added: “The 1968 Dodge Charger is one of the hottest classic cars, which is why we decided to use it as a starting point for the ‘Super Charger’ Concept. It’s an amazing vehicle and a great showcase for our ‘Hellephant’ engine.”

The Hellephant features an all-aluminum block, with an improved supercharger and “high-efficiency” rotor bolted on. Its impressive stats measure at 1,000hp and 1,288Nm. The full assembly and kit will be available for sale in the US in the first quarter of 2019.

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The Super Charger Concept, meanwhile, pays tribute to the iconic 1968 model, while also taking elements from the current SRT lineup. It houses the 1,000hp Hellephant under its hood, pairing the motor to a six-speed manual transmission from the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The body construction is a mix of steel and fiber glass, with 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inchers in the rear. Inside, the car sports alcantara leather seats lifted from the Dodge Viper.

One thousand horses under one hood sounds good to us. Our question is, will FCA offer this monster engine as standard on some of its performance models?

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