Muscle Car Review - - Up Front -

Hands down, the big­gest news we found at the SEMA Show was Mopar’s in­tro­duc­tion of the Helle­phant, a 426ci, su­per­charged, Gen III Hemi crate en­gine that puts out 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque. The name is a port­man­teau of Hell­crate, Mopar’s pre­vi­ous horse­power champ en­gine kit, and Ele­phant, the nick­name given to 426 Hemis back in the day. Mopar in­tends the al­loy Helle­phant to be trans­planted in pre-1976 street and off-road ve­hi­cles, mean­ing it isn’t smog-le­gal for your daily driver, sorry. As it did with the Hell­crate, Mopar has de­vel­oped an in­stal­la­tion kit for the Helle­phant for vir­tual plug-and-play in­stal­la­tion, says the com­pany.

Mopar dis­played (and fired up) one of the Helle­phant mo­tors at a SEMA Show press con­fer­ence, where it also pulled the wraps off the swoopy Su­per Charger con­cept car, a much-mas­saged 1968 Charger fit­ted with the Helle­phant and a T-6060 six-speed man­ual trans from a Chal­lenger SRT De­mon. The Helle­phant goes on sale in the first quar­ter of 2019; visit crate­hemi.com to get yours.

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