Next-gen Dodge Charger and Challenger replacements confirmed to be EV-only, no V-8
It’s not just the Hellcats that are about to go extinct at Dodge, but the V-8.
Contrary to recent reports, Dodge’s next-generation muscle car will be electric only and will not have a V-8 engine option.
On Sunday, Dodge spokesman Dave Elshoff was speechless when speaking to Engine Authority. “The story is untrue. As Tim (Kuniskis, company CEO) has confirmed to you, the Charger/Challenger platform and its Hemi (V-8) source will disappear after 2023. Substitute unnamed would be BEV,” he said.
Kuniskis said to GHOST at the 2021 LA auto show, the Hellcats and their existing platforms will continue through the end of 2023. There’s less than two years left to buy a Hellcat and then the curtains.
At the time, Kuniskis noted that it wasn’t just the Hellcat itself, but also the platform and powertrain “as we know it.”
Dodge electric car concept teaser
Dodge’s electric era will begin with a throwback electric muscle car scheduled to launch in 2024.
The BEV muscle car will be based on Stellantis’ new STLA Large platform, which is being developed to support all-wheel drive and muscle car performance. It is one of the four BEV platforms that the automaker is developing including STLA Small, STLA Medium, one STLA Frame, the latter for pickup trucks and SUVs.
One concept version of that muscle carsupposedly a live preview of the production car, which will Released on August 17 before the Woodward Dream Cruise in 2022.
Dodge has dubbed the week “Speed Week,” and the company will launch a plug-in hybrid model, which we believe is the 2023 Hornet crossover SUVand one or more special edition Hellcats that take the supercharged muscle car out with usable fire and rage Dodge Direct Connect performance parts program.