Chrysler continues to successfully trade on its history with the introduction of the new 426 cubic-inch Generation III Hemi crate engine. When your past is filled with some of the most illustrious engines to ever roar down a drag strip, around an oval or under the hood of a muscle car, it's smart to capitalize on it. So with that in mind, production of the 426 crate engine has swung into action.
The new Mopar 426 Hemi Crate Engine is all-aluminum and carries ratings of 540 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque for a $13,675 price tag. The engine made its debut at the Performance Racing Industry show in Florida, and was joined by other performance enhancing Mopar goodies. Pieces big and small, from valvetrain tie bars and cylinder head stud kits to aluminum engine blocks, W2 cylinder heads and rear strut tower braces for the Challenger/Charger/300, were all shown off at the show which ran from December 9-11. What it means for the leadfoot-at-large is that Chrysler loves its enthusiastic fan base as much as they love its products. For more details, check out the press release after the jump and the gallery below.
Production Begins for New 426 All-aluminum HEMI® V8, Which is 100 Pounds Lighter and Smarter; First 2011 Challenger V-10 Drag Pak To Come Off the Line Early Next Year
December 8, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -
Mopar® is bringing truckloads of new product to the PRI show in Orlando-including the reincarnation of its famed "elephant motor" from the 1960s, an all-aluminum HEMI® Gen III Crate Engine. Production for the new motor begins this month.
"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."
In addition to the new elephant motor, the 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak, the first and only 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car on the planet, will headline the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, Dec. 9 - 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. New Moparized rides and 10 new Mopar performance parts will also be on display.
The 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak, recently named to the 2011 "Hagerty Hot List" of collectible cars, will be on display on the Mopar Image Center stage at PRI. Fans will have the opportunity to pose for an eShot photo on Thursday and Friday with the new rear-wheel drive race car, approved for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition.
The new Drag Pak will be joined in the Mopar Image Center by a Moparized 2010 Ram Laramie Crew 4x4 Diesel and the Mopar '10 Challenger, the first-ever Mopar edition of a Chrysler Group LLC vehicle. The Mopar exhibit on the PRI show floor will feature five other examples of Mopar steel:
• Mopar Ram Runner, Mopar's premier pre-runner kit
• Mopar Direct Connection Test Lab Vehicle, a rolling test lab of new parts and ideas
• Dodge Viper ACR-X, a factory-built race car ready to romp
• Sox & Martin's 1972 Pro Stock Dodge Demon, a true piece of Pro Stock history
• Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new 1964 Dodge 330. Powered by a Mopar Gen 3 426 all-aluminum HEMI crate engine, this car mixes old-school classic with new-school performance
Mopar stars, past and present, will sign autographs and meet fans at PRI. Mopar racing legends "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and Herb McCandless will make an appearance in the Mopar exhibit on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. EST. Current Mopar-powered NHRA Pro Stock stars Allen Johnson and V. Gaines will participate in a Mopar meet-and-greet on Friday, Dec. 10, also at 2 p.m.
The PRI Show will also mark the debut of 10 new Mopar performance parts geared for high-performance applications:
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.
For complete information on all the Mopar parts and vehicles on display at the PRI Show, visit Mopar's PRI information page at http://www.mopar.com. For daily Mopar updates direct from PRI in Orlando, Fla., visit Mopar's social media links at http://www.facebook.com/moparcaptured, http://www.flickr.com/photos/moparcaptured/, http://twitter.com/moparcaptured or http://www.youtube.com/user/moparcaptured.
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 Truck 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 http://www.mopar.com.
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.