Just over a year ago, Dodge teased an all-electric muscle car that looked very much like a modern version of an old, 1960s Charger, a somewhat shocking development given the brand’s commitment to old fashioned V8-powered machines. Then, perhaps unsurprisingly, a report surfaced a few months later claiming that Stellantis was set to discontinue both if its Ford Mustang rivals – the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger – by 2024, though there was a bit of uncertainty at the time regarding whether or not those nameplates would live on via some sort of all-electric models. Now, with the all-new, next-generation S650 Ford Mustang set to debut this September, MotorTrend is reporting that both the Dodge Challenger and Charger will live on, after all.
Both of these muscle cars won’t transform into some sort of EV-only offerings, either – both will reportedly launch with Hemi V8 power for Hellcat models, though also with the new Hurricane inline-six engine powering lesser variants. MotorTrend believes that the I-6 models will offer between 400-500 horsepower, while the V8 versions will produce upwards of 800 raging ponies and come mated to an eight-speed automatic. Both will ride on a brand new front-engine, rear-wheel drive platform (all-wheel drive is also likely as an option) that will also possibly underpin a new Chrysler 300 and/or Maserati Quattroporte as well.
Both models will reportedly weigh quite a bit less than the current iterations, with much improved handling to boot. As far as styling goes, nothing has been finalized yet, though MT notes that given the long-lasting success of the current models, we shouldn’t expect any radical changes in that department.
Ultimately, this decision doesn’t come as a huge surprise by any means, given the fact that both the Charger and Challenger – which ride on a platform dating back to 2002 – have sold more than two million units combined as of the end of 2021. Thus, it seems as if the next-gen Mustang won’t have the modern muscle car market all to itself, after all, though it’s unclear when, exactly, the new Dodge duo will ultimately launch.