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!