In what comes as a pleasant surprise, reports show that the Dodge is willing to consider using a hybrid power train in the future. According to Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley, this will allow them to replace the aging Challenger series.
Speaking to The Detroit News, Manley said, “The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s. New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way. And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”
This could result in a Dodge Challenger with a completely different personality. The current Challenger is known for being a classic American muscle dream car with its V8 grunt. This might come as a disappointment to many. But with strict Government regulations regarding emission all over the world, this could be the only way to save classic Muscle cars.
As of now, the 2019 Dodge Challenger is available with four engine options. A 3.6-liter V-6, 5.7-liter hemi V-8, 6.4-liter hemi V-8, and supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
“I think that electrification will certainly be part of the formula that says what is American muscle in the future,” said Manley. “What it isn’t going to be is a V-8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine.”
We can also see many supercar manufacturers downsizing their engines along with an electric motor. This allows them to maintain the performance of the cars while adhering to emission norms. So the next generation Dodge Challenger will still be a fast car with an electric motor. But as Manley said, it will lose its supercharged engine personalities.
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