Every discussion of the twin Dodge Challenger and next-gen Dodge Charger comes with various ellipsis, as no one outside the company – no one talking, anyway – is sure what the next LF and LB models will bring. Motor tendency believes it can fill in some missing parts important to enthusiasts, citing news sources that a Hemi V8 engine spinning the rear axle will continue in lineup. With Dodge saying it expects half of its product range to be battery electric by 2030, it was certain that the gas combustion tradition would continue, but it was unclear how many cylinders would be responsible for the combustion.
The only question we have about the MT report is that it states that a Challenger and a Charger will drive on a “new, large rear-wheel drive Stellantis platform” which “it will be separate and unrelated to the frame of the EV skateboard “and can fit a V8. We know the next electric muscle twins will travel on the STLA Large platform. Stellantis showed a car with a loader-like silhouette on the STLA Large architecture during the The automaker’s EV day, and the Brampton, Ontario, Canada plant, which builds the current cars, has been upgraded to produce STLA vehicles. Mopar insider stated that Stellantis is adapting the STLA Large to accept lightweight hybrid powertrains and PHEVs, a position apparently opposed to Motor tendencies mention of a brand new chassis that swallows the V8. And given Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares’ rather successful obsession with cost cutting, an all-new platform for V8 sedans, even one distributed among Dodge, Chrysler and Maserati, seems like a big demand.
As for Dodge’s words on the subject, when Carscoop asked the automaker about mechanics last year, the store was told: “The Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicle platforms as you know them today, along with the Hellcat powertrain, will continue production until 2023. In 2024, Dodge will switch to new platforms, new electrified muscle cars “. There is the word “platforms”, plural, but also the word “electrified”, which usually means an ICE with electric assistance, but has recently been applied to complete electric vehicles. when Carscoop when asked about an ICE set-up, the representative replied: “The brand only said BEV”. So we’ll have to see if there are really two platforms or if there are two versions of one platform. Whatever is underneath, the story goes that the next generation rides will be lighter and dynamically improved.
By lifting the hood, MT believes the cars will receive the new 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six twin-turbo in Standard Output version of over 400 horsepower and a High Output tuning of something over 500 horsepower, topped by a Hellcat V8 cranked “Minimo. 800 horses “. They would switch to the new generation eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and transmit power to the rear wheels or all four wheels. Seeing that the Dodge rep and the CEO of the company Tim Kuniskis said the Hellcat V8 died in late 2023, or there’s another V8 on the way to fill in the blanks or the V8 option won’t last long.
Assuming Dodge is able to run its planned reveal program during next month’s Speed Week, where the battery electric muscle car is expected to debut, it’s possible we’ll get more answers then.