What happens when you combine a Dodge Hellcat engine with a Mazda Miata? You get a powerful Miata mash-up that’s turning the heads of both Dodge and Mazda fans. In an October auction, this on-of-a-kind beauty will go, without reserves, for what could be six figures.
You may have heard stories of owners modifying their conservative cars with powerful parts. This mash-up seems different, though. It’s hard to imagine that a Hellcat’s huge engine could even fit into the tiny space of a small MX-5 Miata. But a group of guys made it happen, and they’re putting it up for auction.
The Hellcat/Mazda Miata auction
On October 3, 2019, the Mandala Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas will host a classic car auction expected to draw large crowds due to the drool-worthy vehicles for sale. You’ll find a 1926 Chevrolet Custom Speedster, 1976 Austin Mini, and Frank Sinatra’s Mercedes E420 from 1994, among others.
The Barret-Jackson auction will include what people have coined the “Hellcat Miata” or “Hell-Kitty.” While you won’t get any kind of warranty with the purchase, the car may be worth a gamble in the long run. Let’s take a look at what the Dodge Hellcat/Mazda Miata mash-up has to offer.
Mazda Miata and Dodge Hellcat specs
The project began with a 1998 Mazda Miata. The original engine was a 1.8L running 116 hp on a five-speed manual transmission. For a simple vehicle, that’s not bad, but the owners saw something more. The car technicians, who have their own YouTube channel, made the mash-up in their garage.
They removed the drive train from a wrecked 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and dropped it into the Miata. The little car went from being a nice little roadster to a beefed-up Hellcat rocket. The new engine is a 6.2L V8 running with 707 hp on a six-speed manual transmission. With some fine-tuning by VMP Performance, the Miata now gets about 683 hp and 647 lb-ft. torque to the rear wheels.
Mazda Miata modifications
The Miata is smaller than a Challenger, so they needed to cut out a shape in the hood in order to fit the big engine properly. They make it look like it belongs there. Another modification they made involved the exhaust. It ultimately ended up being routed through the front bumpers, instead of out the back.
Besides the powerful engine, the Miata had a few other impressive features installed. The owners changed out the tires for some Hoosier R7 wheels that handle the road nicely. They also added a BSI racing roll cage, Wilwood brakes, Frozen Boost heat exchanger, and a Fore 8.8 rear differential.
The interior has new Sparco seats as well as a steering wheel installed along with an AEM CD5 digital dash display. For the roof, they put in a new Treasure Coast Miata hardtop, but it looks much nicer with the top down. The exterior is a sleek Tangelo orange with black leather interior. This little Miata rocket will surely bring a pretty penny at the auction.