Dodge Charger & Challenger To Give Way To Electric Muscle Cars In 2024

says Tim Kuniskis, CEO of Dodge Brand MotorTrend The Dodge Charger Sedan and Challenger Coupe will go out of production in 2024 and will be replaced by new battery-powered vehicles on new platforms. The news was not well received among believers in powerful Dodge cars.

Kuniskis says he received death threats because of the news. “I’m juggling knives because I have to keep two different large factions happy because these two factions will converge at some point. The problem is that no one knows when they will converge. My job is to provide confidence, for the next 24 months, that we will.”

“These cars you know today will be out of production by 2024,” Kuniskis says. The exact date of these vehicles’ deaths is still up in the air and there will still be vehicles in stock at plenty of dealerships, but Dodge will stop building the current lineup by the end of 2024 — perhaps soon.

Old cars will be replaced by new ones on new platforms. Kuniskis won’t say whether the new models will keep their old names, but he knows there’s plenty of fairness to names like the Charger and Challenger, just as Ford capitalized on the Mustang name for its first electric SUV, the Mach-E.

I want to know more? Check out this very entertaining and entertaining video from Dodge, and pay special attention to the last few seconds.

Did you see him? No? Well, go back and watch the last part again and tell us how many tires does smoke flow out of? If you say “four,” go to the class president. Dodge clearly tells us that whatever cars follow the Charger/Challenger twins, they will be four-wheel-drive monsters capable of devouring huge chunks of asphalt with the touch of your right toe. The message is that the company isn’t dealing with some vulnerable, tree-hugging climate nuts, but rather it’s taking automobile performance to the next level. If you like the premiere, you’ll go for it I adore sequel!

Oh, that lit red logo that looks a bit like a Wankel engine rotor? It’s called a Fratzog and it was used on some Dodge models in the 1960s. The name was made up because they had to call it something when it was first used. “It still means absolutely nothing and has no relevance or significance in terms of our use of it now either,” Kuniskis says. But, backlit and 3D, it “looks cool, high-tech, modern and seems to represent electricity.” From now on, it will be the custom logo for electric Dodge cars.

3 new models

The pure electric Dodge muscle car concept will be revealed as early as the first quarter of 2022, but no later than the second quarter. It will be a high-performance, drivable and testable concept, one that will feature a number of new patents for the electric vehicle. The electric muscle cars – marketed under the eMuscle banner – will be built on the large STLA platform, one of four electric vehicle kits available from the Stellantis range. It is said to have a potential range of 500 miles, but that will depend a lot on how hard and how often the driver hits the launch pedal.

There is also supposed to be a plug-in hybrid and a third car with a Dodge jack-up. “The third car is going to be a very, very, very important car at the end of the year,” he says. Logic suggests that the PHEV will be an SUV/minivan. After all, the current Chrysler Pacifica is available as a hybrid.

Of course, Dodge is also working on a battery-electric version of its popular Ram 1500 pickup truck. With Ford and General Motors also close to introducing electric pickups, they can’t be left out of this market. The first question informed readers will ask is, “Where does Dodge get its batteries from?” General Motors builds battery plants with LG Energy Solutions. Ford is building battery plants using SK Innovation. And Dodge builds battery factories with whom?

pleasing its base

Dodge is not completely out of the internal combustion game. You will continue to sell high performance parts and kits through a select number of dealers who will be known as Power Brokers. They will be required to meet the requirements for selling and servicing high-performance parts for enthusiast vehicles in a manner that does not conflict with exhaust emission rules or void warranties.

Dodge will start with a pilot project of 100 dealers, and when Kuniskis is confident he can get the volume of parts he needs, he will increase the number of dealers. Look for Dodge to rebrand racing and event cars as powered by Dodge Power Brokers.

“Some buzz models, for someone who’s excited about it, will be pretty pumped up. To the average person, that wouldn’t be a big deal,” Kuniskis says. They’d be “cool and fun,” he says.

Yes, I’ve got Hemi!

Image credit: Stephen Fortuna. All rights reserved.

My brother-in-law, Steve Fortuna, has a 2016 Dodge Challenger in his garage. I call it Purple People Eater, because it’s bright purple, looks like a greyster, and looks like it was fired from a cannon. It’ll cruise at 1,200 rpm at 70 mph, but drop a gear or two (or three if you’re really in a hurry), hop on the joy pedal, and hold your ears in a concerto for an 8-cylinder.

It’s a shame that those sounds will soon be gone. Some of my fondest memories behind the wheel include the sound of my XK-E climbing Mount Tamalpais or the sound of an Ansa-equipped Miata exploding in the back roads of New England in the fall. There are two things about cars that excite us – the sound of the thumping exhaust and the power that pushes us back into our seats under acceleration.

The first will become a distant memory as the electric vehicle revolution moves forward, but the second will be boosted by the instant, unrelenting torque provided by electric motors. Those people who send death threats to Tim Kuniskis may want to wait for the new electric cars from Dodge to arrive before they implement them. They may discover, to their surprise, that electric cars are just as entertaining as their gasoline-powered predecessors. Dodge will look at that.

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