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2023 DODGE CHALLENGE SRT HELLCAT SIX-SPEED MANUAL MAKES A RETURN

Though, It Will Be A Short Lived Return

2015 2016 2017 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Manual Transmission
2015 Challenger Hellcat. Image via Dodge.

2023 will be the final year that we will have the Dodge Challenger in its current form. Luckily, Dodge is making sure the muscle car gets an appropriate send-off. By offering even more options to choose from with the launch of special variants and making it easier for enthusiasts to locate their desired cars with the Horsepower Locator. But it’s not stopping there, as Dodge is bringing the 6-speed manual transmission back to the Hellcat before the V8 muscle car leaves the stage.

2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Manual: Details

In November 2021, Dodge removed the Tremec-sourced six-speed manual transmission from the car due to a powertrain calibration-related issue. Still, Dodge pledged to bring it back as soon as possible, and they kept their promise. While the return of the feature may have got lost in the shuffle (SEMA, Last Call, Buzz Models, etc.) buyers that order a 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat will get the option to configure the car with three pedals.

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. Image Courtesy of Dodge.

It’s unclear if/how much Dodge will charge for the manual Hellcat, as must customers go for the ZF-sourced TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic. Beyond the addition of a third pedal, power will continue to come from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 717 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque.

Act fast if you want to get your hands on a 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat with a stick. Production will end after the 2023 model year, and a toned-down version of the electric Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept will fill the V8 space in the Dodge line-up. Unfortunately, this will likely be the end of the manual for these muscle cars. Although Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis recently stated that the platform the upcoming coupe will be built on is compatible with the twin-turbocharged Hurricane straight-six engine, which could theoretically be bolted to a manual transmission, we’ve only heard news regarding the EV so far. Until Dodge says otherwise, we may never see the stick again.

2023 Dodge Challenger Paint Chip Car
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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