Mopar opens 'Hellephant' crate engine pre-orders to celebrate Hemi Day

The 1,000-horsepower 426 Hemi can be yours for a cool $29,995.

It's 4/26, and you know what that means: It's Hemi Day. And Mopar fans can celebrate in style by pre-ordering the new 426-cubic-inch supercharged "Hellephant" crate engine--the first 1,000-horsepower transplant ever offered by an OEM. And it can be yours for just $29,995.

No, this is not an option for cheap speed, and you can push the price tag even higher if you add on Mopar's various various options, such as the accessory drive, air conditioning expansion, a pre-fabbed exhaust manifold, a rear-sump oil pan and a 45-degree oil filter mounting.

But wait, there's more. If you're looking for something a little closer to turnkey, Mopar also has an installation "kit" ($2,265) comprising a powertrain control module, all the various harnesses and sensors, and the key things you need in order to tell the Hellephant when to open the taps (like, for instance, an accelerator pedal).

Yes, the Hellephant is essentially ready-made straight-line speed. All you have to do is provide the running gear, the body, and the... ahem... courage. FCA says the kits are designed for vehicles from 1976 or earlier (read: pre-emissions; this sucker ain't passing a sniffer) and off-road-only vehicles.

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