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Dodge Muscle News [2021]

By: jwilder

Dodge, Texas

Dodge News Challenger Charger 2024
Dodge teases new eMuscle car for 2024. Photo Credit Dodge.

I own a Dodge Challenger and I love it. There's a lot going on with the chip shortage and the vision of an electric muscle car. Here are my notes on the big news items, plus some extra stuff.

If you are considering buying a Dodge, or just interested in the brand, these notes will be helpful.

These are rough notes (and always will be). I will add and expand on things I'm interested in.

Updated: 11-24-2021

End of the Line for Challenger and Charger is 2023

We all know it's coming. Now we know when.

Way back in August Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO, said "We didn’t say that the current cars are going to die in 2024. There might be a little overlap, but you’re not going to have years and years and years of the classic and the new one at the same time." The Drive 8-18-2021

From Motor Trend:

"Dodge will stop production of its current pair of high-octane muscle cars—the Challenger coupe and Charger sedan—in two years and replace them with new cars on new platforms."

Never Lift is a two-year plan to instill confidence that the brand is here for the long haul, Kuniskis says. It will show a clear path to electrification and is intended to not lose the muscle car crowd in the process. "I have two years to give them confidence it will be OK."

So it appears there will NOT be an overlap! The overlap may be that you can still buy remaining 2023 models in 2024.

The end of the line for the current Challenger and Charger platform is 2023. Buy 'em up. Collect 'em all! Drive 'em forever.

Dodge Bombshells: Charger, Challenger Gone By 2024, EV Arrives Soon
Alisa Priddle, Writer, Nov 22, 2021, Motor Trend
www.motortrend.com/news/dodge-challenger-charger-dea...

Dodge Ties Porsche as Most Appealing Brand

Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press
www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2021/09/15/dodge-pors...

Dodge Chip Shortage

9-22-2021

What's the latest? Production delays.

It's hard to get clear information on what is going on. One thing is clear, my local Dodge dealer had no Challengers at all in August.

"Plants producing heavy-duty Ram pickup trucks, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge vehicles will idle next week due to the global semiconductor shortage."

Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario will halt. Brampton assembles the Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars as well as the Chrysler 300 sedan.

Microchip shortage hits heavy-duty Rams, Grand Cherokee and Dodge vehicles
The Detroit News, Breana Noble, Sept 22, 2021
www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/chrysler/20...

Why the Challenger and Charger are so Popular

9-1-2021

Stellantis is killing it in customer satisfaction: How it shocked everyone
Phoebe Wall Howard
Detroit Free Press
9-1-2021

www.freep.com/story/money/cars/chrysler/2021/09/01/j...

New Dodge Hornet in 2023

8-8-2021

The new compact SUV will be based on the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale (2022?).

I hope the Hornet isn't boring. When accountants dictate the cars your dead to enthusiasts.

New Dodge Hornet PHEV Will Come To Market In 2022
moparinsiders.com/new-dodge-hornet-phev-will-come-to...

Alfa Romeo Tonale in 2022?
Seems a little late for spy shots for a product that is supposed to sell in 2022!

www.motor1.com/news/527307/alfa-romeo-tonale-crossov...

Current Charger and Challenger Will Live To 2024 and Beyond?

7-18-2021

"The new car comes in 2024. We didn’t say that the current cars are going to die in 2024. There might be a little overlap, but you’re not going to have years and years and years of the classic and the new one at the same time." -Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO

Dodge CEO All But Confirms Current Charger and Challenger Will Live Until 2024
Peter Holderith, The Drive, 8-18-2021
www.thedrive.com/news/42039/dodge-ceo-hints-that-cur...

Dodge Electric Muscle Car Reveal in 2022

8-22-2021

"We want to get our concept car out next year (2022) and explain to people exactly what we're going to do. When things go into an electrified environment, we want to explain to people: Dodge muscle car first. And, by the way, it happens to have electrification to make it better" -Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO

Dodge Electric Car Concept Coming In 2022
motor1.com, 8-22-2021
www.motor1.com/news/528064/dodge-electric-car-concep...

Dodge Electric Muscle Car Coming in 2024

7-8-2021

www.engadget.com/dodge-muscle-car-ev-161146368.html

I think there's a reason it looks like a Charger, electricity is in the name.

"If a charger can make a Charger Quicker, we're in! â?¦If we know of a technology that can give our customers an advantage, we are obligated to embrace it." -Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis

The Fratzog returns.

The SRT Team is Being Disbanded

2-13-2021

Stellantis Has "Disbanded" The Street & Racing Technology (SRT) Division:

moparinsiders.com/stellantis-has-disbanded-the-stree...

Who Is Timothy Kuniskis

Dodge Brand and Interim Chrysler Brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis
media.stellantisnorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=1...

"Timothy Kuniskis was named Dodge Brand and Interim Chrysler Brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis in January 2021. He was previously appointed Head of Passenger Cars, FCA - North America in June 2019 and Global Head of Alfa Romeo in February 2018. FCA and Groupe PSA merged in January 2021 to form Stellantis."

FCA and PSA Merge to Form Stellantis

1-19-2021

"After more than a year of negotiations, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and French auto giant PSA have completed their merger, combining into a new company named Stellantis."

www.forbes.com/wheels/news/stellantis-fiat-chrysler-...

What does Stellantis mean?

"STELLANTIS is rooted in the Latin verb 'stello' meaning 'to brighten with stars.' It draws inspiration from this new and ambitious alignment of storied automotive brands and strong company cultures that in coming together are creating one of the new leaders in the next era of mobility while at the same time preserving all the exceptional value and the values of its constituent parts."

STELLANTIS: The name of the new group resulting from the merger of FCA and Groupe PSA, 15 Jul 2020
www.media.stellantis.com/em-en/fca-archive/press/ste...

Challenger FAQ

What on Earth is a Scat Pack?

"the Scat Packs occupy the spaces between the R/Ts and the Hellcats. Not too much power, not too little, just right, and at a value price."

What is the Scat Pack Option
www.thedrive.com/cars-101/36868/what-is-a-scat-pack

How Many Challenger Models are there?

How many different types of challengers are there?

The 2021 Dodge challenger is offered in 7 trim levels.

SXT
GT
RT
RT Scat Pack
RT Scat Pack Widebody
SRT Hellcat Redeye
SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

What is the difference in the Challenger models?
Very good question! This should be easy to find, but it's not.

Which Challenger model is the best?

The one you want. The second best is the one you own.

Many of us buy the SXT because it is affordable and the V6 is powerful enough to make the car fun to drive. It is definitely NOT under powered.

What's the fastest challenger model?

The The Dodge Challenger 1320 gets its name from the quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet). The full name is Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320.

"The Dodge Challenger 1320 is the fastest naturally aspirated muscle car. The badge is the extra sting to the competition." -Dodge

www.dodge.com/competitive-compare/challenger.html

2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320
moparinsiders.com/the-r-t-scat-pack-1320-returns-for...

Why is the Dodge Challenger and Charger so popular?

An interesting read!
www.thejrtagency.com/news/2019/04/enthusiasts-meet-b...

Why do people love the Dodge Charger and Challenger so much?

  • They started with a clean design that captured the essence of original Challenger.
  • They focused on performance improvements, rather than changing the body design.
  • Their brand embraces heritage.
  • They name their products for enthusiasts to enjoy (Hellcat, Redeye. Paint colors such as White Knuckle, TorRed, F8 Green, Plum Crazy, Hellraisin)

What is Fratzog?

Fratzog was the name of the Dodge logo. It was used from September 1962 though 1976.

The Dodge Garage

Enthusiast portal by Dodge.

www.dodgegarage.com

James Wilder

James Wilder is the owner, writer, photographer, designer, and developer for MOTOR Texas, as well as companion sites CarPhotography.Life and CarMovies.Info.

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