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SEMA 2017: Crate Engines, Turbo Four and Super Eight

Kamil Kaluski October 30, 2017 SEMA 24 Comments

2017 SEMA is officially under way and some of the biggest news today came directly from the automakers. Both Honda and Fiat-Chrysler made big news with the engines from some of their best performing new cars are now available as crate engines. Honda showed its 306-horsepower Civic Type R engine crate engine and Chrysler showed off the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine.

Honda’s new Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected i-VTEC Turbo K20C1 engine makes 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a peak 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The somewhat disappointing news is that the engine is only available through the Honda Racing Line program, which you need to be the member of to buy the $6,519.87 engine. The press release does not say anything about a control module, harness, of the LSD-equipped transmission. Needless to say this is not going into my Integra, but that won’t stop me from asking Honda if they could provide the engine to me “for testing purposes” in my Integra. 

Hellcrate is what they nicknamed, and with a good reason, too. You already know everything about this 707-horsepower, 650 torques 6.2-liter engine. Now know that you can get one [legally] without a car. It retails for, hold on to your nickles, $19,530. Opt for the $2195 Crate HEMI Engine Kit and you get the powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors and fuel pump control module. The PCM is unlocked and set to the factory 707- horsepower calibration. The engine is optimized for use with manual transmissions.

Sold separately is Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit. It includes an alternator, power steering pump, belts, pulleys and more, is among additional engine accessory hardware components available to assist in installing the Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit. Ya kinda need those in most cases. The good news is that the damn thing comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty when purchased together.

I’d put the Civic Type R engine to an Ariel Atom, or my Integra, and the Hellcat engine into… my Lada! 

  • Sjalabais

    Hellcat Lada is something I would like to see. That’s one hell of a way to make the little Soviet disintegrate.

    • crank_case

      Twisted like a pretzel after one run.

      • outback_ute

        Only so much unless you can get traction!

  • Troggy

    So the answer to everything is no longer SBC?

    • Actually, the LS is the SBC of this era, although the Coyote is pretty popular in the kit car world.

  • Fred Talmadge

    Well there is bound to be a lot of broken trannies and rear ends.

  • beam digglesworth

    RWD Helltegra.

    Upgrading the Lada engine should be done with a way too large turbo you found on an idle tractor.

  • Troggy

    This would power my ultimate boat build. The main powerplant would be the Hellcrate. The bow thrusters and generator would be the Type-R engine.

  • Ol’ Shel’

    Perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a few hours sourcing parts that will produce more for far less.

    • Alff

      You’re still a crusty old fart, even in death.

  • Jake

    I’ve got an S2000 out here that might take that Hellcrate engine, just for maximum sacrilege.

  • Alff
  • jeepjeff

    My “win the lotto” car for a while has been a Factory Five 33 Hot Rod with the drive train from a salvage Hellcat. This greatly improves the windfall car dream, because now I can just get a crate engine instead of trying to find just the right wrecked car at an auction.

    For the Civic engine? They won’t just sell it to me… And I don’t want to join their program. So… Uh, nothing?

    • outback_ute

      Do you work on the Groucho Marx theory, ie won’t join a club that would let you?

      I’d still go for a Coyote or Voodoo engine for my imaginary Factory Five 33, if only to be able to get traction at full throttle eventually

  • Since the Type R is a K series engine, does that mean that it’ll drop right in to my RSX?

    • Rover 1

      It might depend on what height you plan to drop it from?

  • THe K1 Attack kit can be built with a K series four, so I imagine that Type R engine would work. They are a pain to build (kit is incomplete and the “manual” is 20-some how-to videos with no narration), but what a car that would be.

    http://www.k1-attack.com/wp-content/themes/k1-attack/dist/img/slider-1.jpg

  • cap’n fast

    the honda would work in a FFV 818. squeal, snort. 818Kg and 295lb/ft torque…OOOOoooo…..