One of the trucks Jeep made for Easter Jeep Safari, the 1968 M-715 Five-Quarter Concept, featured power from a Mopar "Hellcrate" engine. Yes, that's the crate version of the 6.2-liter supercharged 707-hp Hellcat V-8. It's not the first time Jeep has built a Hellcat-powered Wrangler concept, and surely, it gets people wondering if a Wrangler Hellcat will ever be put into production.
The answer, sadly, is no. , Jeep boss Tim Kuniskis explained why it's not going to happen.
"Everybody always asks me that question: [the Hellcat engine] fits. You know that. It fits like a glove," Kuniskis said. "But the problem is that it fits like a glove and there is no air space around the engine and the whole external space of the vehicle, so you have no crush space; you have nothing that can be used to absorb energy in a crash.
"It is not a problem to put it in—other than emissions and fuel economy—except it would never pass any crash tests, and that’s a problem."
So, bad news for folks hoping for a factory supercharged V-8 Wrangler. But good news for the aftermarket: Jeep shop Dakota Customs is working on , and since the engine bay of the Gladiator is largely similar, it should work for the pickup, too.
And if you want a factory Hellcat-powered truck, just wait for the upcoming (but still rumored) Ram TRX, which should be here within the next few years.