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The upcoming 2025 Dodge Charger will roll into a market full of obstinate fans who reject the idea of an electrified Mopar muscle car. However, the new Dodge Charger won’t be all green and no guts. It promises to channel some of the 1960s and 1970s appeal of the Charger’s more classic iterations. From styling to grippy launches, the new Charger could be an improvement over the outgoing LD-platform sedan.

The new 2025 Dodge Charger will be an improvement over the old model in a few ways

The Dodge Charger SRT EV Concept for the 2025 model shows off its front-end styling.
The Dodge Charger SRT EV Concept | Stellantis

Ok, so the tired anti-EV narrative will get some mileage out of the new Dodge Charger. The absence of a HEMI V8 is enough to prompt white-hot rage from the Mopar faithful. Moreover, the brand’s Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system doesn’t quite fill the void left behind by the psychotic supercharger whine over the bass soundtrack of a 6.2L V8. 

However, the new Charger has a few things going for it that fans have missed during the lifespan of the LX and LD platform sedans. Here’s just a handful of the things Mopar fanatics should get excited for– rather than revile. 

  • New coupe styling
  • Pistol grip shifter
  • 800-volt eAWD platform sure to be explosive

Unlike the LX and LD Chargers, the 2025 model will be a two-door coupe. What’s more, the new Charger’s lines are a clear homage to the classic model. It’s a welcome departure from the comparably familial looks of the Charger sedan. Further, Dodge will use the Fratzog emblem, a throwback to the 1960s and 1970s, on its new coupe.

Beyond the exterior looks, the concept car worked in a pistol grip shifter. While that doesn’t seem like much to get excited about, it’s a favorite bit of Mopar history. Drivers will catch a case of nostalgia if the pistol grip shifter makes it to production. 

As of now, the new Dodge Charger will offer a 340 and 440 model, with the latter producing as much as 590 horsepower. That’s already more than any of the Charger or Challenger’s naturally aspirated (N/A) V8 engines in the R/T and R/T Scat Pack trims. 

However, performance fans will be most excited about the “SRT Banshee,” an 800-volt electric muscle car riding on grippy all-wheel drive (AWD). As such, the upcoming SRT Banshee will likely produce near as makes no difference 900 horsepower. It’s more than any Charger from the previous generation. That, and the Charger won’t shrug off ICE entirely; the Dodge coupe is likely to get the Hurricane inline-six treatment.

Still, even with lightning-fast eAWD launches or an available inline six-cylinder mill, the Charger will undoubtedly lose some of its old-school, tire-roasting appeal as it hits the streets.

Source: Stellantis