The Daytona SRT Concept’s pure electric charger took center stage at Dodge’s SEMA booth in its Stryker Red paint, but traditionalists will be pleased to hear the combustion engine isn’t neglected. Through Direct Connection’s ever-expanding lineup of performance parts, the muscle car company is introducing its HurriCrate range of crate engines and an updated Hellelephant portfolio with insane four-figure power levels.
Starting with the HurriCrate, it’s based on the new 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six engine with a pair of turbochargers. The Cat 1 version has 420 hp and 468 lb-ft (635 Nm) while the Cat 3 is good at 550 hp and 531 lb-ft (720 Nm). Mind you, Dodge says these are preliminary estimates, so final output figures may change.
We know that the HurriCrate Cat 1 version has a full torque from 2,500 rpm while the larger Cat 3 produces torque at 3,500 rpm. The more powerful of the two is the first to go on sale in Q2 2023 while the base version is slated to hit the market in Q1 2024. Additionally, a HurriCrate Cat X racing engine is in the works, complete with a Drag Pak. and the approximate number of horsepower in the mid 1000s.
As for the revamped Hellephant lineup, it now consists of four crate engines with a 3.0-liter supercharger. The C30 is good for 900 hp, followed by the A30 with 1,000 hp, the C170 with over 1,000 hp, and the A170 with over 1,100 hp. The only torque figures released by Dodge are for the A30, which makes a whopping 950 lb-ft (1,292 Nm).
If you’re wondering about how the names were chosen for this Hellelephant crate machine, the letters “C” and “A” indicate whether it has an iron or aluminum block. The digits correspond to the “proof” of alcohol content in the recommended fuel type: “30” for premium fuel (E15 max) and “170” for E85 fuel.
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Full and final details regarding specifications and pricing for the HurriCrate and Hellelephant crate engine families will be revealed next year.