Dodge has made the defining cars that defined the muscle car segment for as long as the term has been around. The Dodge Charger and Challenger are still the defining muscle cars even after five decades. With the advent of the EV, Tesla has rocketed to the top of the charts for straight-line specs. Dodge is not about to sit back and let that happen. Now Dodge is talking about a new secret electric muscle car that might be the world’s fastest production car.
Will the new Dodge electric muscle car be a true Tesla killer?
According to Fox, Dodge is working on an electric muscle car that means to take back the mantle of the World’s fastest production car. Currently, that record belongs to the Tesla Model S Plaid. Before the Model S Plaid, Dodge held the record with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Demon’s quarter-mile record was 9.65 seconds. But, much to Dodge’s chagrin, the Tesla Model S Plaid did it in 9.23 seconds.
These two screamers could not be much more different from one another. The Tesla Model S Plaid is obviously an electric car using cutting-edge technology, while the Demon is a gas-guzzling monster from 100 years ago. Although the Demon is made of ancient technology, it is still pumping out a massive 840 hp.
What is this new secret Dodge muscle car?
Fox mentions that some unnamed sources at Dodge have been whispering about a new secret project developing an all-electric muscle car that ought to be the fastest car Dodge has ever made. Of course, not many concrete details have been released yet, but Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis did say, “electrification is inevitable in this space. It will help internal combustion engines perform significantly better and in some cases electrification all by itself.”
Dodge also still hasn’t released any dates for the next generation of the Dodge Challenger nor the Dodge Charger. These two muscle cars have had a massive surge in popularity over the past couple of years.
How will Dodge move into the future?
So much of the Dodge ethos is based on the old muscle car days and even older saying, “there’s no replacement for displacement.” While that was kind of true for a while, we have watched smaller turbocharged engines make incredible amounts of power. Hell, even the 2021 Ford Bronco has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base powerplant.
Even more to the point, electric engines have taken displacement out of the conversation completely. In many ways, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the pinnacle of 50 years of muscle car development. The massive engine capable of enormous power but no other performance upgrades is peak classic muscle.
If Dodge is serious about its secret electric muscle car, it may have a chance yet in the battle with the Tesla Model S. Dodge has been carrying the torch for a long time. The vintage car world appreciates the nods to the old days, but the world is moving on. If Dodge wants to keep up, it is probably time to hitch its wagon to some electric horses.