In the world of muscle cars, consumers are fierce loyalists to a few of their iconic favorites. Many of those top-pick performance cars bear Dodge badges. Often leading the charge in launching performance muscle models, Dodge also recognizes that times are changing. The automaker plans to meet those industry shifts by introducing the world’s first electric muscle car in 2024.
If any manufacturer could marry EV technology to old-school muscle, it’s Dodge. However, can this new car really be comparable to the robust power of yesterday’s models? What can consumers expect to see when this electrified Dodge rolls off the line?
The Dodge roster of impressive muscle cars
The Dodge brand has a long, rich history of building powerful muscle cars. It may be most known for its Charger and Challenger contenders, but it’s what’s under the hood that commands respect. Available engines include the Supercharged 6.2L High-Output HEMI SRT Hellcat Redeye V8 and the Supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine. However, as Dodge points out, the 392 HEMI V8 engine, the 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, and the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine mean the brand “pulls no punches” in terms of power.
Dodge muscle cars are typically known for two things, performance and speed. Kelley Blue Book named Dodge the Best Car Styling Brand for the third year in a row, though, meaning these beefy performers also have impressive looks. The Challenger Hellcat is often listed as the fastest muscle car of all, according to HotCars.com, with a top speed of 199 mph and a zero-to-60 run in only 3.5 seconds.
Can an EV still have muscle?
Dodge knows a thing or two about building muscle. However, can an EV introduction really compete? According to Car and Driver, we’ll see soon enough as the automaker announced it would launch an electric muscle car in 2024 called the eMuscle. Officials said the new muscle car EV would feature one of Stellantis’s EV platforms and provide up to 500 miles of continuous driving range on a charge. The Drive shared Dodge’s statement about this new EV’s mission to “tear up the streets, not the environment.”
It’s not certain if this new Dodge EV muscle car will look like the two-door Challenger, the four-door Charger, or something completely different. However, the manufacturer says it will use the Fratzog logo from the 60s and 70s on the new car’s grille. The statement from the company clarified that it would be the symbol ushering in “another great automotive era,” referring to an age of electrified muscle.
When will this electric Dodge muscle car come out?
There is a teaser car design being shared by Autoblog, giving consumers a sneak peek into what a new Dodge EV might resemble. There are some retro-inspired styles, including a fastback-looking roofline, hearkening to the 1969 Dodge Charger. The wheels look wide, and the lighting profile appears unique.
According to Stellantis, the parent company of Dodge, there will be unibody construction for the eMuscle. Additionally, there are four officially dedicated EV platforms used to deliver that promised 500 miles of range. Others speculate it will be the STLA large platform at the heart of the production, and there could be other hybrid models coming to the Dodge lineup sooner rather than later.
For now, there’s no official launch date other than Dodge’s commitment to release this electric muscle car for the 2024 model year. It may be a tough EV pill to swallow and a difficult transition for some consumers who have grown accustomed to the loud and proud gas-powered engines. However, if there ever were to be an EV with muscle car chops, it would likely be a Dodge.
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