Dodge CEO: “There’s two more years to buy a Hellcat, then it’s history"
The Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat engines are set to be killed off in 2023 as an all-electric variant launches
We all know big displacement engines are reaching the end of the road, but we had no idea quite how soon. For Dodge, it's pretty soon.
Speaking to Motor Authority at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, said: “There’s two more years to buy a Hellcat, then it’s history.”
He also said that the Hellcat engine will be around “through the end of ’23” and its death is partly due to “compliance fines” that target these types of performance muscle cars.
If that didn't upset you, then we don't quite know how to break the next piece of Dodge-related news to you. In addition to phasing out Hellcat engines, Dodge's CEO also said that “cars that you know today will go out of production by the time we get to 2024," – hinting at the end of the Charger and Challenger as we know them. Instead, they are likely to be converted to EVs.
Dodge teased an all-electric muscle car earlier this year but that's something we won't see for a while yet. However, the brand is expected to launch plug-in hybrids in the next year or so. And at the end of next year, Kuniskis said there's a “very, very, very, significant car [coming] at the end of the year.” We have no details on this but if Dodge thinks it's a big deal, then it probably is.