Of course, it was only a matter of time before someone stuffed a Hellcat in a Ram, and a Canadian dealership has finally answered this noble call. The dealer will even build one for you, though it'll cost a bit more than a stock Charger Hellcat.
, this Hellcat-powered Ram was built by of Ontario, Canada, with the very first . It's claimed to be the first Hellcat-powered Ram pickup ever built, and while the final details are still being sorted, it's already a running, driving beast.
Midland Chrysler general manager Josh Hatton told Road & Track that the dealership purchased a crate Hellcat engine from a South Carolina dealership for $45,000. (It was likely one of very few crate engines that ended up in dealership parts departments before Dodge officially banned sales of Hellcat longblocks, .) The engine is mated to the truck's stock eight-speed Torqflite automatic and four-wheel-drive transfer case.
The build has been in progress since November of 2015, though most of that time has been spent sorting out wiring and electronics woes. Dodge has never offered a 6.2-liter V8 in the current Ram 1500, so it took a lot of work to make everything function like stock.
In addition to all that wiring, the dealer modified the firewall and oil pan, relocated the battery, and reprogrammed the powertrain control module. To fit the tall, supercharged engine, Midland also had to install a body lift, though they plan on lowering the suspension before the build is complete.
The result, according to Hatton, is a truck that functions exactly like a factory Ram, albeit with tons more power. The gauges, HVAC, and infotainment systems all work normally, which can't be said for many engine swaps where computers are involved.
Midland built this truck as a one-off, but it's already attracted a number of potential customers interested in buying a Hellcat-powered Ram. The dealership will build one for you, too—Hatton told R&T that an identical Hellcat Ram would cost around $90,000 out the door. That's a lot for a Ram, but at least it's cheaper than the $129,000 a Pennsylvania dealership will charge you for a Hellcat-swapped Wrangler.