Dodge Is Pulling The Plug On The Hellcat In 2023

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While plugging in a new generation of electric reveals.

As the world transitions to electric power, some goodbyes are inevitably going to be harder than others. Near the top of that list are the muscle cars that have remained beloved in the United States, and now, we know when one of them will be discontinued. Speaking to Motor Authority at the 2021 LA Auto Show, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis confirmed the demise of the brand's fiery Hellcat models which will be gone after 2023. That means you'll only have another two or so years to get your hands on a Dodge Hellcat with its famous supercharged V8 power plant. However, this doesn't mean that the era of the Dodge muscle car is gone entirely.

2019-2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Front View Dodge
2019-2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Front View Dodge
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Kuniskis revealed Dodge's plans for the next couple of years as it transitions to electric power. But first, enthusiasts will have to accept that the Hellcat era is drawing to a close. "I will have this car, this platform, this powertrain as we know it through the end of '23," said Kuniskis in reference to the Hellcat models. "There's two more years to buy a Hellcat, then it's history."

Current Hellcat models include the Challenger SRT Hellcat which produces 797 horsepower in Redeye guise. Another version of this engine makes up to 807 hp in the Challenger SRT Super Stock. There's also the Charger SRT Hellcat that will be retired, while the Durango SRT Hellcat was always only going to be around for the 2021 model year.

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We've known for several months that the Challenger and Charger are going electric, with an all-electric muscle car previously said to be expected in 2024. That aligns with the 2023 termination of the Hellcats. We won't have to wait until 2024 to get our first glimpse of this groundbreaking Dodge EV, though, as it's expected to be revealed in the first quarter of next year in concept form. It will be a full-on working model that will be capable of the kind of high-performance driving expected of a Dodge muscle car. A plug-in hybrid will also be revealed next year as a "new, new car," according to Kuniskis, not an update of an existing one. There will be a third 2022 reveal but no information was shared about this model.

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Previous reports indicate that the electric muscle car will be built on the STLA Large platform. This platform can accommodate batteries enabling a 500-mile range, and motors producing up to 400 hp. Two of those motors could theoretically combine to almost equal the current Challenger Super Stock's output. Dodge's plan is called the 24 Months of Muscle and the previously unveiled Jailbreak Dodge models that formed part of this plan have already been revealed. It's going to be a fascinating two years for Dodge, but it'll also be the last opportunity to buy one of the greatest V8 muscle cars ever made.

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