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Dodge eMuscle News

By: jwilder

Dodge, Texas

I own a Dodge Challenger and I love it. So I'm following this historic transition from hemi to electric power. There's a lot going on! From chip shortages to "eMuscle."

Here are my notes on the big news items as we approach the eMuscle concept reveal, the future Dodge electric lineup, and the production of the first eMuscle car in 2024.

Updated: 8-17-2022

Today's the Day: Dodge eMuscle Reveal 6:10 PM CST

Dodge News Challenger Charger 2024
Last Call. Get your Dodge Challenger or Charger in 2023. Heritage editions. Photo Credit Dodge.

Today's the Day: Dodge concept eMuscle Reveal will happen at 6:10 PM CST.

Watch Speed Week III on Dodge Garage or the Dodge YouTube channel.

www.dodgegarage.com/
www.youtube.com/c/Dodge/videos

Last Call

8-16-2022

All 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger models will boast a special commemorative "Last Call" under-hood plaque. The entire production run for the final 2023MY will be allocated to dealerships at once. Details regarding pricing and info will be disclosed, with a special guide to be provided at www.dodgegarage.com to help buyers speed up the process.

Finally! Dodge eMuscle Concept Reveal August 2022

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

6-23-2022

Dodge Stellantis announced a new "Speed Week" in August 2022. The wording is vague, but it looks like Aug 17 and the 20th are the key dates for the Dodge electric (eMuscle) concept reveal.

"The future of our brand will be on display during Dodge Speed Week" -Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO

  • August 17 – Future muscle announcement.
  • August 20 - Dodge Dream Cruise public display.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is on August 20, 2022.

Below are some key statements from the Stellantis Press Release Jun 23, 2022:

"Dodge is pouring on the horsepower as the brand charges forward on its new performance path, launching a multi-day Dodge Speed Week event, August 12-20, 2022, on famed Woodward Avenue that will pack enough news to fill an entire calendar year into one week and charting the future of the Dodge brand."

"Next chapter of Dodge brand will be written during Dodge Speed Week with three consecutive days of worldwide product reveals, set for August 15-17, 2022, at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan"

"There’s no better place to unveil a new performance direction for the Dodge brand than right on Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit, with tens of thousands of our closest fans and friends...All I can say is the future of our brand will be on display during Dodge Speed Week, and we’re throwing open our garage doors so our fans can get a peek for themselves. It’s going to be an electric summer for Dodge" -Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand Chief Executive Officer - Stellantis

See press release for schedule of events.

media.stellantisnorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=2...

Dodge Electric Muscle Car To Make Some Noise

3-7-2022

"Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares presented on the new Dodge eclectic muscle car in Amsterdam last week at a strategic planning meeting to discuss the venture into EVs. According to Motor1, he said that this new model will make a "sound that you cannot imagine." and "[the sound] is just so brilliant that it is shocking."[1] Pun intended, I'm sure.

Additionally, Tavares, said they are working to "make the sound louder and more powerful in the function of the way you are using the car."[2]

Maybe you can still set off car alarms while cruising through neighborhoods.

[1] New Dodge Electric Muscle Car Said to Make a "Sound That You Cannot Imagine"
by Peter Corn. Published on March 7, 2022
www.motorbiscuit.com/new-dodge-electric-muscle-car-s...

[2] Dodge Electric Muscle Vehicles to Produce "Shocking Sound," Stellantis CEO Says
by Teejay Boris, Published on 3-1-2022
www.techtimes.com/amp/articles/272446/20220301/dodge...

When Will We See The 2024 Dodge Concept?

11-22-2021

Timeline: "A concept of a pure electric Dodge muscle car will be revealed in the next four or five months (March/April 2022), Kuniskis says. It could be as early as the first quarter of 2022 (missed this target), but not later than the second quarter [2022]."

Mystery Third Vehicle (Cuda?): "In addition to the battery electric Dodge car and a plug-in hybrid car, Kuniskis is promising to show us a third vehicle key to Dodge's future. "The third one is going to be a very, very, very, significant car at the end of the year," he says.

Meanwhile: "There also will be gas-powered buzz vehicles for enthusiasts in the lead-up to 2024 when the first EV will hit the road, but 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."

Two Year Timeline: "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."

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

End of the Line for Challenger and Charger is 2023

11-22-2021

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 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...

Dodge Ties Porsche as Most Appealing Brand

9-15-2021

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

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...

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...

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 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.

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