Is this proof Mopar is best?
426 is that magical number which should be music to the ears of Mopar enthusiasts. While the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is an impressive mill, the prospect of dropping a Hellephant in the car proves to be a huge temptation for those with the means. After all, what you could have on your hands is a bona fide supercar killer. YouTube channel Demonology was able to get its hands on a Hellephant for the engine swap everyone secretly wonders about.
Whether you prefer the Hellephant or the Demon’s engine is likely a matter of opinion not based on experience. Most people have never even seen the big 7.0-liter V8 with its 3.0-liter supercharger, which feeds 15 psi of boost. That’s an extreme setup for sure.
It took just two days for Mopar to sell all the Hellephants. Each one carried a $29,995 price tag, so not everyone could exactly afford to grab one. Still, those with the cash were definitely excited at the chance to play with one, especially since Mopar says they produce a peak 1,000-horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. of torque.
As you likely know, what an engine dynos at isn’t what you’ll experience at the wheels on a car once it’s installed. There’s always some loss of power in the drivetrain, so the big question is just how much makes to it the ground when the Hellephant is installed in the Dodge Demon?
Keep in mind the Demon whips out 808-hp and 717 lb.-ft. of torque in stock form. With the Hellephant swap, Demonology found the muscle car was churning out 944-hp and 877 lb.-ft. of torque. Those definitely aren’t shabby numbers. Of course, all the power in the world does you no good on the track if you can’t hook up.
There are some good arguments about why you should just leave a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon alone, among them the charge of sacrilege for modifying one. That will definitely color your opinion of this exercise. So, do you think this engine swap was a good idea or a horrible one?