Mopar fans can soon lay hands on a 1025-hp Hellephant Crate Hemi

Hellephant C170 6.2L Supercharged Crate Hemi Stellantis

Today’s Challenger is not long for this world, but Direct Connection, Dodge’s factory-backed catalog of performance parts, is making sure one of its most hallowed engines lives on. Starting in the first quarter of 2024, customers will be able to order the Hellephant C170 Crate Hemi, the same fire-breathing 6.2-liter, 1025-hp engine found in the Challenger SRT Demon 170.

The fully assembled engine carries an MSRP of $27,695 and includes a new 3.0-liter IHI supercharger that features an improved intercooler plus a larger snout and 3.02-inch pulley for increased boost. Customers with their hearts set on different builds can forego the full shebang in favor of a dressed-down Hellephant C170 Hemi long block ($18,995), which still gives them the stoutest internals this side of Earth’s inner core but leaves off the blower to allow for more flexibility.

Direct Connection Hellephant C170 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI
Hellephant C170 6.2LSupercharged Crate Hemi long block. (Stellantis) © 2023 Stellantis

The Hellephant C170 kicks off a full complement of long blocks coming to the Direct Connection catalog, all of which will be available early in 2024. They include the Hellcrate and Hellcrate Redeye 6.2L Supercharged Crate Hemis; the 392 Crate Hemi; the 345 Crate Hemi; and two different variants of the 3.0-liter Hurricane twin-turbo six capable of pumping out between 420 hp and 550 hp.

Dodge launched its initial Direct Connection catalog in 1974 as a way to cater to enthusiasts seeking factory-backed performance parts. The relaunched service came online in March 2022 and has continued to add performance products that tantalize diehard Mopar fans ever since, from brake and suspension components to transmissions and engine internals. These new Hemi crate engines are sure to find their way into all manner of street and track machines.

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