Hellcat Production Is Going to End in 2023
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis told Motor Authority that production of the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 will end and be replaced by its upcoming eMuscle EVs.
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Dodge is preparing to launch an electric muscle car for 2024 under what it's calling eMuscle, and a concept car will be revealed next year. As if that news was hard enough for diehard muscle car fans, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis confirmed to Motor Authority that production of its Hellcat supercharged V-8 will end the year before the electric car arrives.
The Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine makes anywhere from 702 to 840 horsepower and has been found in models such as the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Durango SRT Hellcats (though only in the three-row SUV for one model year) as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Challenger SRT Demon. Though the aforementioned report has no mention of the Ram 1500 TRX, Car and Driver reached out to a Ram spokesperson who said "no comment".
Dodge has already discontinued the limited-edition Durango SRT Hellcat SUV due to increasingly strict federal emissions rules and Kuniskis cited the regulations as a reason the engine would be retired.
"You can still meet emissions with these cars. You're going to pay a lot of compliance fines," Kuniskis said.
Along with being a drag on the automaker's fleet fuel economy, buyers of Hellcat-powered Challengers and Chargers currently have to pay a gas guzzler tax upward of $2,100 per car.
Early next year Dodge will show its electric muscle car concept and reveal some specs on the new model. Teaser photos released this summer show the concept's appropriately retro shape, though it's still unclear if both two- and four-door models will be available like the Challenger and Charger. Kuniskis also said to expect a new plug-in hybrid model, which could be referring to the rumored Hornet crossover. There were even rumors of Chevy replacing the Camaro with an electric sedan.
The Hellcat is going out with a bang, however. Dodge last week announced new Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak models with 807 hp Hellcats that can be configured with myriad color, trim and appearance accessory combinations that can potentially make each one entirely unique.
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