Next-Gen Dodge Charger, Challenger Will Be Electric

Electric automobiles will replace internal combustion eventually. Some automakers are transitioning faster than Dodge, but V8 power remains. Despite reports, the next-generation Charger and Challenger will change that.

A Dodge spokeswoman confirmed all internal combustion engines will be removed from the next-generation chassis.

The email debate began when MotorTrend reported the Hemi will return for the Charger and Challenger. It'll be electric.

The spokeswoman added, "That's not true." "The Hemi and platform are gone. BEVs are next."

LX is Chrysler's 2005 full-size, rear-wheel-drive platform. Current models use updated versions of the platform (LD for the Charger and LA for the Challenger) to allow V6 and V8 engines and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Dodge's electric muscle car is no secret. The concept, announced last year, will launch in a few weeks. It will preview the 2024 production model, but Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said it won't eliminate combustion immediately.

Kuniskis even said the new electric platform might coexist with the current one. When the current Charger and Challenger retire, the throaty exhaust note will vanish.

The supercharged Hellcat engine will go out with a bang, according to speculations. A new version calibrated for E85 fuel might give the Challenger 900 horsepower before electricity takes over.