The Hellcat Engine Has Officially Been Marked For Death
Production of all Hellcat models will end in 2023.
Well, it’s been one hell of a run.
According to a report by Motor Authority, Stellantis will be ending production of its Hellcat models with the legendary Hellcat engine in 2023.
Regarding Hellcat models, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said that "I will have this car, this platform, this powertrain as we know it through the end of '23. There's two more years to buy a Hellcat, then it's history."
The Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine, in production since 2015, makes anywhere from 702 to 840 horsepower and has been found in models such as the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Durango SRT Hellcats (though that particular model was a one-year deal) as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Challenger SRT Demon. No mention was made of the Ram 1500 TRX in the report, but don’t get your hopes up for that model surviving for long. Car And Driver reached out to a representative, who returned with “No comment”.
The reason for this platform’s demise? It’s no secret- it’s due to increasingly tightening emissions laws and the resulting push to electrification. Even the next Ford Mustang may come with some sort of electrification (I.e a hybrid system) and the Chevrolet Camaro might be replaced with an electric sedan.
So, what’s next for the company that’s known for gas-guzzling supercharged V-8s (and the Viper)? Electrification, of course. Sometime early next year, Dodge will show its electric muscle car concept and reveal some specs on the new model. Teaser photos released this summer show the concept's appropriately retro shape, though it's still unclear if both two- and four-door models will be available like the current Challenger and Charger.