It may be another year or two before the next-generation Dodge Viper comes rumbling in, all 8.7 liters of it. But even though there is no Viper currently on offer, that doesn't mean there isn't some V10 power to be had. If you're a drag racer, anyway.

The Chrysler Group's performance catalog division Mopar has just announced the availability of a V10 crate engine designed for drag racers, and the figures are positively mind-blowing. The Competition crate engine – hand-built and ordered up as Part Number P5144872 – offers a staggering 800 horsepower and 695 lb-ft of torque. Mind you, that's coming out of 512 cubic inches (8.4 liters) of displacement, which is staggering in and of itself, but amounts to 95 horsepower per liter. Which is a lot, but not by racing standards.

Those who enjoy their ten cylinders of power away from the drag strip can opt for a 150-horsepower upgrade kit for the MkIII Viper that takes output up to 650 hp. There's also a new high-output, aluminum-block 426 Hemi V8 available with 590 horsepower, an adapter kit that allows the Hemi to drive the front wheels(!) and a Challenger body-in-white for race teams. Check out the full details in the press release after the jump.
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Mopar® to Highlight Cubic Inches and Horsepower at SEMA

- 800 horsepower V-10 Crate engine takes center stage at SEMA
- Gen III High Output HEMI® V-8 with 590 horsepower to debut
- New Bolt-On Upgrade Kit for Gen III Dodge Viper owners adds up to 150 horsepower
- New Ready-to- Run Gen III HEMI Kits simplify engine controls for select Mopar® crate engines
- New 500 CID Pro Stock Cylinder Heads feature symmetrical port design

November 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - A new 512 CID, V-10 engine with more than 800 horsepower and a new 426 Gen III High Output HEMI® crate engine will highlight the Mopar® display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Nov. 1 – 4 in Las Vegas.

Along with the new, more powerful engines, will be a full range of performance, restoration and off-road parts available from Mopar, Chrysler Group's service, parts and customer-care brand. Included are kits to extract more power from Gen III Dodge Vipers and a new Gen III High Output HEMI V-8; new Pro Stock cylinder heads and Mopar Gen III HEMI front drive kits.

"SEMA is the perfect platform to introduce some of Mopar's newest high performance and restoration parts and products," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar. "If you're looking for horsepower that can be dropped in or bolted on, the Mopar exhibit area has a full range of small- and big-block products for the enthusiast.

"Mopar has been in the performance business for decades. In fact, the brand really came to life at the track," said Gorlier. "We are committed to supporting performance enthusiasts. We have an extremely rich product plan that will not only support the more than 5 million HEMI engines in market today and the 30 million Chrysler Group vehicles on the roads across the country, but will also support the products of tomorrow. The engines we are launching are the first of many exciting products to come for both on and off-road needs. We have an amazing track record of fueling enthusiasts and are committed to continuing this legacy."

V10 Competition Crate Engine and Gen III V10 Performance Upgrade Kit
Leading the way is an 800 horsepower V-10 Competition Series engine, part number P5155872 that is designed specifically for drag racing. Hand assembled to exacting standards by race engine builders, the Competition Series V-10 features an aluminum block with aluminum cylinder heads. Designed for the rigors of drag racing and pulling 695 lb. ft. of torque with an operating range of up to 7,000 rpm, these race-calibrated engines include a forged steel crankshaft with forged steel connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons with a compression ratio of 12.5:1. All rotating components have been balanced for maximum performance at the track.

The Competition Series engine includes a JTEC controller with race calibration and engine harness. Designed specifically for drag racing, future applications include an off-road and road-race version.

Enthusiasts looking to extract up to 150 more horsepower from their Gen III Dodge Viper can now bolt on a Performance Upgrade Kit, part number P5156137, to their stock V-10 engine. Each kit includes a pair of aluminum cylinder heads (machined to fit the Gen III block), a custom upper intake manifold with a larger throttle body, fuel rails and injectors. The stock engine controller will have to be re-flashed.

All necessary hardware and gaskets are included.

With the Performance Upgrade Kit, owners will see up to 650 horsepower from their existing engine while still maintaining excellent low-end drivability.

426 Gen III High Out HEMI and 426 Ready-to-Run Kits
Mopar also is featuring a more powerful, new crate version of the Gen III 426 HEMI V-8.

The Gen III High Output HEMI engine, with 590 horsepower on tap out of the box, is now available under part number P5156139.

Starting with a lightweight aluminum block that shaves more than 100 lbs. from the cast iron version, the Gen III High Output HEMI is professionally built and includes a stout, balanced lower reciprocating assembly that features a forged steel crankshaft with six bolt mains at 2, 3 and 4, and cross-bolted 4-bolt mains at 1 and 5. H-beam style rods are forged steel and coupled to forged 11:1 compression ratio aluminum pistons. Included is a revised windage tray to provide excellent oil dispersion and prevent oil aeration by the crankshaft.

The valvetrain starts with a more aggressive roller camshaft with .639 intake and .628 exhaust lift and cylinder heads that feature the latest designs for exceptional flow characteristics.

To help stabilize the valvetrain at high engine rpm, tie bars are available. Cast aluminum valve covers and billet fuel rails also are part of the Gen III High Output engine. Designed to run on premium pump gas with a minimum octane rating of 93, the newest HEMI V8 is ideal for off road competition or the latest restoration or resto – mod project.

Mopar also is offering two 426 Ready-to-Run engine control/base calibration kits, one for the High Output engine and one for the existing 426 crate engine.

Kits include a throttle body, engine harness and engine controller with base cal. These kits greatly reduce guess work and gets projects up and rolling. Depending on transmission type, axle ratio, and tire size, some final tuning may be required.

Pro Stock Cylinder Head
Debuting for Pro Stock competition in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), is a new symmetrical port design cylinder head. The bare aluminum cylinder head is available under part number P5155906. For teams running Dodge Avengers for 2012 in NHRA, either the current asymmetrical cylinder head or the new symmetrical will be permitted.

GEN III HEMI Front Drive Kit
A distributor front drive kit for GEN III HEMI engines is now available. The drive kit is for enthusiasts who prefer to run a distributor-type ignition system and includes a machined front cover, camshaft timing gear, fuel pump push rod and bolt kit. Kits for 2009 and later 5.7-liter and all 6.4 engines are available under part number P5155929. For pre-2009 5.7-liter and all 6.1-liter engines, part number P5155930 is available.

Dodge Challenger Body-in-White
New Dodge Challenger body shells that provide an excellent starting point for a race car now are available in limited quantities from Mopar. Bodies are complete with doors, decklid and hood. These shells eliminate the bodywork or welding that's normally required with a project car that may be damaged or a salvage car. Bodies are designed for competition use only, have no vehicle identification numbers and cannot be used for a street application.
Fascias and other trim items will be available as a "builder's kit."

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
- Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
- Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
- Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
- Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
- 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
- Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
- WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles - a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at

More than 70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s - the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth "package cars" equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of "special parts" for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

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        Mike D
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        Glad someone else noticed this. I was very confused until I actually read the press release.
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      Noah, c'mon. Did you read the press release? It's very clear that this is a front drive distributor kit for the new Hemi. Perhaps confusion is the result of too few people knowing what a distributor is anymore?
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think the author only read the bold face title in the press release.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sloppy journalism aside, does Autoblog require its authors to know anything about cars? What kind of "adaptor kit" does a crate engine kit to drive the front wheels anyway? We would call this "adaptor kit" a "longitudinal transmission," or maybe a "transfer case" depending on the context. It's a shame, though because I was imagining some nice mid engine applications.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have figured that autoblog would at least read the press release fully before posting it. Front wheel drive kit for the hemi? Noah, if you had read one sentence further down, you would have noticed it said front-drive distributor kit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I first saw this engine, the first thing I thought about was a rear-wheel-drive converted, mid-engined Doge omni, kind-of like the old Ford Shoguns but with a few extra cyinders. Sadly, the engine is worth hundreds of times what the car is but damn would it be fun! Hay Jay Leno, here is you a new project!
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always look to MoPar to keep their products on top in race competition. The new Pro Stock cylinder heads will take a short time to dial in, but it should give evidence to racers and fans that Dodge is committed to Pro Stock and offer incentive to guys like Jeg Couglin and others to join the MoPar family. With Pontiac leaving Pro Stock, many former racers should join Jeg and consider the move to Dodge in 2012. I'm also impressed with the commitment to the V-10 drag race program. I've seen a couple of V-10 Drag Paks in action and they are FAST. With time they should join their V-8 and V-6 drag pak brothers in exposing fans to the Challenger and Dodge brand. Great news for MoPar fans everywhere.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Jeg Coughlin is staying with GM, this has already been confirmed. He'll most likely be piloting a Chevy Cruze next year. You really should stop commenting on MOPAR articles. Your MOPAR shirt is showing.
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        Like your understanding of cars and the passion behind them?
      Bryant Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      So when the entire rest of the world is going smaller displacement and turbos Chrysler releases a big V-10 that prolly breaks down every 3000 miles...good job!
        Bill Burke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        BK, HELLO ! It's for Drag Racing. FYI that's a quarter mile at a time. Chrysler is known for building indestructable engines from the slant six, the venerable 318 V-8 and their HEMI ledgend. Race fans couldn't care less about gas mileage when it comes to performance on and off the track.
      • 3 Years Ago
      not trying to be a jerk, but who would want a 600 hp fwd car? Unless it means that it can drive BOTH the front and the back, i am not seeing much production of a fwd Hemi...
        Glynn Hadskey
        • 3 Years Ago
        See Captain Spadaro above. You have to read to whole paragraph, not just the bold face. It's so you can ditch the computer ignition and run a conventional distributor for a non computer controlled, carburated application.
        Bill Burke
        • 3 Years Ago
        Empty, If it's a Camaro you drive, I can understand the confusion and panic. Same look on the face of Chevy drivers for generations when they see a MoPar in the other lane. Always knew I had a psychological advantage when I pulled my Barracuda into the staging lanes...their eyes betray the fear. Relax, you have lots of company.
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          @Bill Burke
          What a ridiculously childish post.
      oly va ha
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Those who enjoy their ten cylinders of power away from the drag strip can opt for a 150-horsepower upgrade kit for the MkIII Viper that takes output up to 650 hp." since when does a 150hp upgrade kit subtract hp (800 + 150 = 650??)
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        @oly va ha
        "upgrade kit for the MkIII Viper" meaning it goes on the stock 3rd generation Viper engine, which is 500hp stock. (500+150 = 600)
          • 3 Years Ago
          Gah, meant 500+150=650 lol fail
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      Reno Dillard
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      All of the sudden I want a Ram truck. Return of the Ram SRT-10
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great reading comprehension and journalism skills there. Moving on, man how I'd love to have that V10 in a street legal Challenger.
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