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Mopar's 1,000-hp Hellephant engine roars into SEMA

by Ronan Glon

We'd love to see it in a Challenger.

Chrysler's Mopar division announced a crate engine named Hellephant at the 2018 SEMA show taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company promises its latest V8 engine crushes Hellcats and Demons for fun.

Auto history buffs will remember the 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 Chrysler introduced in 1964 earned the nickname Elephant. The modern-day Hellephant retains the 7.0-liter displacement but it's supercharged to deliver 1,000 horsepower and 950 pound-feet of torque. It's the first OEM-built crate engine to cross the 1,000-horsepower threshold, according to a statement released by Mopar.

The Hellephant was designed to go in pre-1976 vehicles. It's available as a kit that includes a powertrain control module, an engine wiring harness, an accelerator pedal, oxygen sensors, and a variety of other parts needed to make the installation process as straight-forward as possible. Mopar calls it an "almost turnkey" solution for enthusiasts seeking power. Buyers will also be able to order a front end accessory drive kit which includes belts, pulleys, and an alternator, among other components.

The Hellephant engine will be available nationwide in the first quarter of 2019. Pricing information hasn't been released yet. 

At SEMA, Mopar demonstrated the engine's potential by dropping it in a heavily-modified 1968 Dodge Charger (pictured) named Super Charger that stands out with new-look front and rear ends, fender flares, a lowered suspension, plus a full body kit that adds a front splitter and a spoiler on the trunk lid. The menacing-looking full-width grille hides a set of headlights from the Challenger Hellcat, while the rear end features a pair of dual exhaust tips borrowed from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

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