Dodge’s SEMA Recap: Red Charger EV, ”Last Call” Models on Display, and HurriCrate, Hellephant Crate Engines


Dodge hasn’t left out ICE fans just yet. They have yet to reveal the final “Last Call” model thanks to engines that keep blowing up. In the meantime, they have updated the Hellephant crate motor, and a new HurriCrate engine is hitting the stores.



All things considered, we certainly didn’t expect Dodge to bother with anything below 8 cylinders, knowing how they lavished V8s for everything and the whole Brotherhood of Muscle thing they had going on. But we suppose the hurried electrification deadlines brought on some changes.



Displayed at SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) alongside the controversial Charger EV concept in a snazzy shade of red is the Dodge Hornet, which also received mixed reception upon its announcement. Dodge is also showing off all the current “Last Call” models: the Shakedown Challenger, Super Bee Charger, Scat Pack Swinger Charger and Challenger, King Daytona Charger, and the Black Ghost Challenger. The seventh was scheduled to make its debut on the show, but the hellish testing on the engine proved too much. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis says the magnum opus will be out before the end of the year, assuming all goes well, and promises a “funny story” once it comes out. There’s speculation that the seventh will run on E85 race fuel, but nothing is confirmed so far.



Lastly, Direct Connection, Dodge’s performance parts portfolio, has several builds to show, including a licensed carbon fiber body ‘70 Charger, and a “body-in-white” kit for the Challenger. The main stars, however, are the new HurriCrate crate engine and the updated Hellephants. The former is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six that powers the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and comes in two different versions. The Cat 1 (which is a wordplay on hurricane categories, hence HurriCrate) has 420 horsepower and 468 lb-ft of torque, and the Cat 3 boasts 550 hp and 531 lb-ft. But that’s just Dodge’s early estimates, so it’s subject to change.



The revised Hellephant crate engines now have four variants to choose from: the C30, capable of 900 hp, the 1000 hp A30,  the C170, good for over 1000 hp, and the A170 capable of handling 1100+ hp. There’s a lack of torque figures here, but the A30 is revealed to have 950 lb-ft of pulling power. That’s not the best they’ve got, so expect wilder numbers when all is revealed. More on these engines will be covered in another article.



It is expected of car companies to go wild on the annual SEMA motorshow, and we suppose these last years of automotive glory will be Dodge’s wildest ones, before all inevitably goes electric. We’re unsure of what will become of all ICEs in the future, but we suppose we’ll have to make the best out of it, and Dodge certainly agrees.



p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Dodge and Direct Connection)

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