Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s SEMA Show is a little different than normal. While the entirely virtual SEMA360 hasn’t brought the same level of Vegas-induced mayhem, it hasn’t disappointed when it comes to high-octane thrills. Keeping with the spirit of the show, Mopar has announced that the Hellcat Redeye supercharged V8 engine found Dodge muscle cars will join the Hellcrate engine family.
Production variants of this monster Mopar crate motor can be found in the almighty Dodge Demon, Challenger Super Stock, as well as the Challenger and Charger Redeye models. More recently FCA shoved this engine into the Challenger Super Stock, where it produces 807 horsepower. That figure is matched by the crate engine, which also arrives with 717 ft-lb of torque on tap when running 91 octane.
The Hellcrate Redeye V8 brings several improvements over the standard Hellcat engine, including the addition of a larger 2.7L supercharger. The Hellcat Redeye engine also gets a host of upgraded internals that allow it to run 14.5 psi of boost and obtain a higher 6,500 rpm redline. To ensure the durability and performance of the engine, each one will undergo 42 minutes of dyno testing before being shipped out. Dodge says the crate engine is intended for use in pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles, but we’re certain at least a few will find homes in more modern engine bays.
Ordering yourself a Demon engine isn’t exactly a bargain proposition, as Dodge says that the Hellcrate Redeye carries an MSRP of $21,807. That price includes the supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors, coil packs, water pump, front sump oil pan and flexplate. The automaker will also offer a Front End Accessory Drive kit, which includes an alternator, a power-steering pump, belts, pulleys and the necessary mounting hardware. Despite the high price tag, it is still more affordable than the $30,000 Hellephant V8. We’re sure that’s a point that will be made to at least one spouse in the near future.