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Electric Dodge Charger Challenger EV Stellantis Teaser Muscle Car

Summer is in full swing, and in Michigan, that means a bustling Woodward Avenue packed with all varieties of enthusiastic automobiles. From quirky vans, to Japanese Kei cars, to the most exotic of European supercars. And of course, more than anything, American muscle. This time of year is when Dodge really lets its hair down and gets in full party mode, highlighted by the annual Roadkill Nights, which Dodge continues to put together in cooperation with Motor Trend. Taking place Saturday, August 13, the event is centered around legal, closed-course racing on Woodward Avenue, hosted by the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. But this awesome event is just the beginning of six days of celebrating car culture, apexing at the Woodward Dream Cruise taking place August 21. Dodge will be holding it down at the very north end of the 21.48-mile stretch of historic road, which runs from Detroit to Pontiac. And they’re calling it Speed Week.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Ubly Dragway
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.


Monday, August 15: New Variants Of Today’s Dodge Charger, Challenger

After a restful Sunday following Saturday’s Roadkill Nights, Dodge will show its existing muscle car lineup some love on Monday, August 15. The brand has been able to keep a lid on exactly what we can expect, which could mean that there’s nothing too drastic on the way. Perhaps another collectable appearance package, or some kind of send-off edition for both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars.

2006 Dodge Hornet SUV Concept Stellantis Alfa Romeo Tonale
2006 Dodge Hornet SUV Concept. Image Via Stellantis

Tuesday, August 16: Dodge Hornet Reveal

Following Monday, the Dodge Hornet will debut on Tuesday, August 16. The brand is going as far as to say it’s a “Gateway Muscle” product, but nobody should be expecting a Hemi. Instead, this small SUV, which will share a common architecture with the Alfa Romeo Tonale and future Wagoneer product, is expected to have a four cylinder engine working in tandem with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. the Dodge Hornet will launch as a 2023 model, and is expected to be built in Italy.

Dodge eMuscle Concept Rendering

Wednesday, August 17: Electric Dodge Muscle Car Concept

Dodge first teased its “eMuscle” car almost exactly a year ago, during the massive Stellantis EV Day presentation. Its very well the future of the brand, and some rumors put this Dodge electric vehicle at around 1,000 horsepower, and could have acceleration numbers that rival even the Tesla Model S Plaid. Still, consider its reveal a delayed one. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis originally planned to debut this production-intent concept car in the first quarter of 2022, but supply chain issues forced the brand to punt. A full production version of this upcoming product is set to debut at the end of 2023, as a 2024 model year product. The current Dodge Charger and Challenger products – which have been wildly successful for the brand in recent years – are expected to be discontinued by then.

The rear of the electric muscle car concept. Screenshot via Stellantis.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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