The “what if” files have been very interesting for us to ponder here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow the past few years, as the great minds that handle everything engineering-related love to experiment. SpeedKore digital render artist Abimelec Design recently dreamed up a vehicle that is difficult to discern between a true nightmare or a motor enthusiast’s homerun, and that’s kind of a good thing! Motor Trend had first rendered a custom Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat back in 2020 and was courting Chrysler to dump its most powerful engine in its vehicle with the most space.
A few enthusiastic YouTubers have since tried to make that prospect an aftermarket reality, but now the original concept has turned up for something even more wicked – a van that derives demon-possessed power. Originally, the Dodge-sourced Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V8 cranked out a noteworthy 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, but Dodge has since stepped things up massively to 1,025 horsepower in the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170.
This is the powertrain that inspired SpeedKore to dream up the “Baba Yaga”, named after a Slavic folk tale about a creature that terrifyingly devours children. The far-out and lofty company’s latest announcement on Instagram claimed that “The 6.2-Liter V8 has been treated to what we’re calling the “Lilith Package.” Named after a parent that festered many frightening demons, it brings the supercharged Hemi up to 1,514 horsepower and channels it through an 8-speed ZF transmission. There’s also the special pavement-poised treat of Michelin-wrapped SRT wheels for this usually family-oriented daily driver.
The standard Chrysler Pacifica now boasts a modest 3.6- liter V6 that cranks out 296 horsepower and is paired with A 9-speed automatic transmission. Currently, the hybrid model is only offered for the front-wheel drive, and the gas-only model is available with all-wheel drive. It is unclear now which exact wheels will be driven on the speedcore Baba Yaga performance van, but most experts imagine it would commandeer most of the Demon’s rear-wheel drive powertrain. The SpeedKore render is populated heavily with space shuttle-worthy carbon fiber body panels and components, which assist with beefing up power and cutting back on weight.
The custom body is outfitted with super-sized fender flares, a hood scoop, wider grille and fascia openings, darkened taillights, and SRT and Hellcat Badging. We would enthusiastically hope that the van would not keep its interior seating, so it may be time to forget about any sense of logical function in the name of fun! This is not, by any means, the first creation that Abimelec Design has offered that boasts of far-reaching quality, but a minivan that is demon-powered most definitely caught our eye. What is very exciting regarding this zany and out-of-left field adaptation is that SpeedKore is one of those entities that could come through quickly and get the job done right.
The current-model 2023 Chrysler Pacifica available here at Landmark was billed by U.S News as an “ideal people hauler with amazing seating in all three rows, plenty of cargo space, and abundant standard features.” With seating for up to 8 and very convenient seats that can fold directly into the floor, this is the ideal vehicle for trips to the Cardinals, Royals, Six Flags, Worlds of Fun, or the Ozarks and beyond. Much like the sales on hot dogs or hamburgers before the trip, don’t forget to keep an eye on the available Road Tripper model for the Pacifica L trim: it features a trailer tow package, roof rack, and all-season floor mats, and unique badging and exterior accents.
Check out the Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat rendering here: https://www.motortrend.com/news/speedkore-baba-yaga-chrysler-pacifica-demon-hellcat-van-first-look/