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New Dodge Crate Engines Include 1,025-HP Demon 170 V8 for $27,695

It's one of the cheaper ways to get 1,000 horsepower from a major automaker, believe it or not.

Dodge sells crate engines just like the rest of the Big Three, but it arguably takes the business the most seriously. The company operates a whole business around selling engines and aftermarket performance parts through its Direct Connection catalog and Power Broker dealers. Now, it has a few new products. There’s a couple of six-cylinder Hurricane crates, sure, but the big ticket item is the so-called Hellephant C170: the 1,025-horsepower beating heart of the new Demon 170.

Not to throw any shade at the smaller engines—they’re impressive too, and part of a larger collection just announced by the automaker. The highest output “HurriCrate” is known as the Cat 3, and it puts out 550 hp. A lower-trim 420-hp version, the Cat 1, is also available. They cost about $6,500 and $9,000, respectively. A slew of other V8s fill out the prices above and below these marks.

The most expensive engine, unsurprisingly, is the aforementioned Hellephant C170. It will run you $27,695 as a complete package. Dodge also sells just the long block for $18,995, which drops items like the 3.0-liter IHI supercharger, exhaust, and some accessories, but still gets you the tough bottom end. You can think of it as a 6.2-liter Hellcat Redeye engine, but cranked up a notch.

Prices go downhill from here, but the performance is still pretty extreme. The 807-hp, 6.2-liter Redeye long block is $12,995, the regular Hellcat’s 717-hp 6.2-liter costs $9,495, and the 485-hp naturally aspirated 392 crate is $6,995. You can even get the 5.7-liter 345 V8 long block for just $4,495, which is good for a stout 385 hp.

The catalog with all of these engines is currently available to download on Dodge’s Direct Connection website. The big ticket C170 crate will be available starting in Q1 of 2024. Not in time for Christmas? Come on, Dodge. Other parts like drivetrain components, superchargers, suspension upgrades, and other go-fast parts are also available from Direct Connection.

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