It’s not just the Hellcats that are on the verge of extinction at Dodge, it’s the V-8 itself.
Contrary to recent reports, Dodge’s next-generation muscle car range will be electric-only with no options for the V-8 engine.
On Sunday, Dodge spokesman Dave Elshoff didn’t mince words when he spoke with Motor authority. “The story was false. As Tim (Kuniskis, CEO of the company) confirmed to you, the Charger / Challenger platform and its Hemi power (V-8) will disappear after 2023. The nameless replacement will be BEV,” he said. .
Kuniskis said BUT at the 2021 Los Angeles auto show, the Hellcats and their current platforms will continue until the end of 2023. There are less than two years left to buy a Hellcat and then the curtains.
At the time, Kuniskis noted that it was not just the Hellcat itself, but the platform and powertrain “as we know it”.
The teaser of the Dodge electric concept car
Dodge’s electric era will begin with an electric muscle car launching in 2024.
The BEV muscle car will be based on Stellantis’ new STLA Large platform, developed to support all-wheel drive performance and muscle cars. It is one of four BEV platforms developed by the automaker, including STLA Small, STLA Medium, an STLA chassis, the latter for pickups and body-on-frame SUVs.
A concept version of that muscle car, rumored to preview the production car directly, will debut August 17 before the 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise.
Dodge dubbed that week “Speed Week” and the company will debut a plug-in hybrid, which we believe to be the Hornet crossover SUV of 2023, and one or more special edition Hellcats that will bring out the muscle. supercharged car with fire and fury potentially using Dodge Direct Connection’s performance parts program.