In 2017, Dodge nearly broke down the New York Auto Show with the debut of its Challenger SRT Demon 840…
In 2017, Dodge nearly broke down the New York Auto Show with the debut of its840 horsepower, nine second mile muscle car. (Not literally, but it revealed meant a lot of smoke and noisy noise).
On Tuesday at the Las Vegas SEMA aftermarket show, Dodge released a new engine that makes Demon’s powerplant look exactly picturesque. Evocatively called “Hellephant”, the new Mopar Hemi crankcase moves 426 cubic centimeters and has a 3.0-liter twin-screw supercharger (0.3 liter larger than that of the Hellcat unit in Demon) that gives 1
5 pounds boost. The aluminum block Hemi III puts out a nice, round 1000 horsepower and 950 pounds feet.
Muscle car buffs will remind you that 426 – aka 7.0 liter – is something of a magic number for Chrysler. The company offered a legendary engine with the same shift in the 60’s. The huge size got the nickname “Elephant”, hence this engine’s “Hellcat + Elephant” = “Hellephant” moniker.
Handheld in Livonia, Michigan, the new engine will be purchased at the beginning of 2019 for 19,000 dollars, and will be offered with a 2,195 kit that includes wiring, pre-programmed drive control module and even a gaspedal with city wire.
Company officials expect Hellephant to be a popular feature of trawlers as well as custom truckers, as well as those looking for an ultramodern retro street machine.
As such, it would not do just to get Hellephant just on a tripod – even a race running one like the one below. So, in line with the legendary second-generation B-Body Dodge turning 50 this year, the FCA built a highly-rated 1968 charger powered by 426.
Dubbed “Super Charger” this black street is 2.5 inches lower than stock and features flared fenders that combine to give the car 4 inches of added width. A 3.5-inch body drop in front and a 2.5-inch drop in the front adds presence, but the coupe’s most interesting design feature is undoubtedly that Dodge stretched its wheelbase 2 inches, visually shortening the front.
Brass Monkey Bronze-painted wheels are in stock 20×11-inch Challenger SRT Hellcat Devil alloys, and the rings are custom 21×12-inch units. The split wheels make a good job of displaying the modern brakes as well – six-piston brake calipers.
Further visual changes include a new fiberglass cover with a Demon’s scoop molded in the final side glass ventilation windows gone), shredded drop lists and another side mirror.
But the most noticeable and impressive visual changes are centered around the Super Charger lights, both front and back. Instead of having a built-in headlamp like the original, the FCA has chosen a riff on a single-beam fantasy beam that allows a newheadlight to shine through the rear. As a FCA boss said on a media backgrounder before SEMA, “[It’s] is probably completely illegal, but hello, when you do design you have to break some eggs and maybe some laws too.”
Super Charger tail lights are no less interesting. The original 1968 model featured a quartet with small round red tail lights, and that’s exactly what this shows on the car’s rear luminaires, but that’s not what they are at all.
The fact is that the circular elements behind it have functional exhaust outlet – the shiny five-inch tips are borrowed from the company’sof all places. Instead, the LED headlamps are actually in the recessed area around the above-mentioned tubes. It is a particularly smart little hand worthy of an old school adapted barbell.
In addition to making the rounds on the show circuit, FCA has not undertaken to regularly execute the Super Charger Concept, but we hope that this internet purchase -turned-SEMA-star will light up the tires in anger at least once.