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Mopar Teases a New Hemi Engine Coming to SEMA

by Patrick Rall on

There are no real details, but based on the video below, it appears as though a new Hemi engine will make its debut at next week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas and it might be related to the classic 426 Hemi from the 1960s and 1970s.

Each year, Mopar has one of the biggest displays at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Their indoor display is generally packed full of Dodge, Chrysler, Ram and Jeep vehicles that are upgraded with Mopar accessories, but with “crate engines” being a key aspect of Mopar’s business, the SEMA Show often brings about the introduction of high performance, non-production engines. For example, the HellCrate made its debut at SEMA. The HellCrate is the crate version of the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi that motivates the Hellcat Charger, the Hellcat Challenger and the Jeep Trackhawk.

For the 2018 SEMA Show, it appears as though Mopar has another crate engine on the way, but right now, we can only guess on the details, as the teaser video below doesn’t offer any solid information. However, it is clear that FCA’s accessory and performance division has cooked up something special.

The Teaser

So, what we know for sure is that this video teases a new crate engine from Mopar and it is a Hemi. How do we know that? Well, the details instruct us to visit CrateHemi.com for more information. That pretty much secures the fact that Mopar is bringing out a new crate engine and it is, of course, a Hemi.

Next, we see a set of glowing cat paws that get squashed into the ground by a set of elephant feet, followed by a second generation Dodge Charger that looks and sounds like it is doing a burnout. We can’t see the rear wheels, but between the roar of the engine and the smoke wafting from off-screen, it definitely seems like a big, nasty burnout.

So, it seems that the big news from Mopar at SEMA will be a crate engine that people are likely to install in a classic muscle car. With the paw prints at the beginning of the video, we would guess that it is something Hellcat-based, but the elephant feet raise some questions – but only with those folks who don’t know classic Mopar trivia.

For those who don’t know, the 426 Hemi from the 1960s and 1970s was known as the “elephant engine” because it was so damn big. Mopar has offered a variety of 426-cubic inch crate engines over the years, as well as offering the 426 in the Challenger Drag Pak race cars. The elephant reference, it seems likely that there is some tie-in to the 426 that helped make the Hemi name so famous, but with the company having an assortment of 426 Hemi engines in their catalog, it is hard to say what could be different with this new engine.

With the cat paws at the beginning of the video, we would guess that this 426 has some connection to the Hellcat engines, but there doesn’t seem to be any blower whine during the burnout in the video, so it causes us to question whether this is a supercharged engine or a naturally aspirated engine.

In any case, SEMA is a week away, so it won’t be long before we find out what big news Mopar has planned for the massive Vegas convention. In the meantime, crank up your speakers and enjoy the teaser!

 

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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