Dodge to drop the V8 combustion engine
The Stellantis subsidiary Dodge will drop the V8 combustion engine in favour of pure electric drives in the next generation of its Charger and Challenger models. Accordingly, the next generation of the Charger and Challenger, which are expected to be launched in 2024, will be powered exclusively by battery-electric drives.
The news was broken by Motor1 with reference to statements by a Dodge spokesperson. According to the report, the spokesperson confirmed that the next-generation platform will lose not only the Hemi V8, but all internal combustion engines. “The Hemi in that platform, as well as that platform, are going away. The next generation will be BEV,” the spokesperson said. This is said to be the LX platform.
In the USA, Dodge wants to launch the first ‘electric muscle car’ in 2024, as has been known since the presentation of the Stellantis electric strategy last year. According to the Motor1 report, it will be presented as a concept car in the coming weeks.
Previously, there had already been speculation about the electrification of Dodge products. In June 2021, a report by the portal The Detroit Bureau said that the company was working on an electric car. This would be one of at least six BEVs and several plug-in hybrids to be launched under brands of the former FCA group (now Stellantis), it said at the time.