Chrysler is giving Mopar fans something to get excited about with the announcement that production of the new 426 Hemi V-8 crate engine begins this month. That engine is priced at $13,675 and will join a 2011 Dodge Challenger V-10 Drag Pak at the Performance Racing Industry show from December 9-11.
The all-aluminum V-8 crate engine is rated at 540 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. Nine other new Mopar performance parts will be displayed at the show, from aluminum engine blocks for Hemi Gen III engines to a cold-air intake kit designed for 2008-2010 Challengers, Chargers, and Chrysler 300s with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
The 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak will also get plenty of attention, we're sure. Chrysler notes it is the first 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag race car available. In the Drag Pak Challenger, the 8.4-liter engine is mated to a two-speed automatic transmission and is built for sanctioned NHRA Stock and Super Stock configurations. Pricing begins at $85,512 before adding a roll cage, net, and harness, which adds $7795. Production begins early next year.
"More than any other show, PRI attracts the Mopar brand's core customers of racers, muscle-car owners and ultra-performance enthusiasts," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "We will show this core group of enthusiasts what Mopar has under the hood."
Here's more information about the Mopar parts, direct from Chrysler:
Mopar 426 Aluminum HEMI Gen III Crate Engine: The Mopar 426 Aluminum HEMI Gen III Crate engine assembly includes the intake manifold and oil pan and offers 540 horsepower and 530 ft.-lbs. of torque. Part Number (PN): P5155513; Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): $13,675.
Mopar Valvetrain Tie Bars: For the HEMI Gen III, valvetrain tie bars increase the stiffness of the rocker shaft attachment to the cylinder head and provide increased valvetrain stability at higher RPMs. PN: P5155654 (5.7/6.1L), P5155655 (6.4L); MSRP: $399.
Mopar Rear Strut Tower: Achieve additional chassis rigidity with this rear strut tower bar for the 2008-2010 Dodge Challenger, 2005-2010 Charger/300. PN: P5155751; MSRP: $505.
Mopar Midget Race Cylinder Head: This overhead cam-style cylinder head for midget race 4-cylinder engines allows for increased RPMs and is compatible with existing Mopar engine blocks. Available February 2011. PN: P5155784; MSRP: N/A.
Mopar W2 Heads: For a small block wedge, W2 heads feature cast-iron race cylinder heads machined for 2.02-inch intake valves and 1.60-inch exhaust valves. Available January 2011. PN: P5249769; MSRP: $636 each; PN: P5007708AB; MSRP: $620 each.
Mopar Gen III Distributor Kit: This distributor kit allows for the use of a distributor to fire the ignition for the 5.7L/6.L HEMI Gen III engine. Available February 2011. PN: N/A; MSRP: N/A.
Mopar Aluminum Engine Blocks: Available in three versions for the HEMI Gen III engine, these blocks are 100 pounds lighter than the cast-iron block. PN: P5155507, P5153897, P5153898; MSRP: $4,485.
Mopar Cylinder Head Stud Kit: For use in high-performance applications, this stud kit provides enhanced clamping force. PN: P5155517; MSRP: $469.
Mopar Cold-Air Intake: This bolt-on system is designed to allow cooler air to enter a directional cone filter and be funneled directly into the intake manifold. For 2008-2010 Challenger/300/Charger with 3.5L V-6 engine. PN: 77070032; MSRP: $445.
Mopar Cold-Air Intake - Long Ram Performance Version: This bolt-on system is designed to allow cooler air to enter a directional cone filter and be funneled directly into the intake manifold. With the long ram, the air source is fed from the fender-well area. For 2008-2010 Challenger, 2004-2010 Charger/300 with 5.7L or 6.1L V-8 engine. PN: 77070029; MSRP: $390.