As the entire auto industry continues to rapidly move towards electric vehicles, Dodge has remained a bit of an outlier. While their competitors have invested huge sums into EV development over the past few years, Dodge themselves have stayed focused on their V8-powered performance lineup. Priorities have begun to shift behind the scenes however, thanks to the automaker’s newly-formed parent company Stellantis. Over the past few months, future plans for Dodge and other former FCA brands have become more clear. CEO Carlos Tavares has even hinted at electric models destined for the muscle car segment, a massive departure from the Dodge Challenger Hellcats and Charger Scat Packs we see today. That said, it may not all be a bad thing. According to The Detroit Bureau, the electric Dodge muscle car will be the brand’s quickest vehicle to date. Even quick enough to perhaps take on the $129,990 Tesla Model S Plaid, which is said to be capable of a 0-60 time in an insane 1.99 seconds.
An Electric Dodge Muscle Car
According to the report, Dodge is reportedly ready to strike back against the recent onslaught of performance-oriented EVs. As a result, the brand’s upcoming electric vehicle will reportedly be their fastest accelerating car yet. That won’t be an easy engineering task, especially considering the trove of high-octane offerings that have come from Dodge in recent years. Take the Demon for example, which can do 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, before storming its way down the 1/4 mile in under 10 seconds. That second stat is the most impressive, as it’s the quickest production car ever in the quarter mile. That said, the instant torque delivery from an EV powertrain is hard to argue against in these sort of situations.
The idea of an electric Dodge muscle car isn’t entirely new. In fact, we recently reported on the automaker’s plans to reinvent the muscle car in this electric vehicle era. We also know that the automaker is getting ready to roll out a host of new electric vehicle platforms before the end of the decade, which will likely underpin the future takes on the muscle cars. More specifically, the automaker has plans to release both a medium and large electric car platform by 2023, which aim to provide 435 miles and 497 miles of range, respectively.
According to The Detroit Bureau, there are currently six EVs inside the brand’s Auburn Hills design studio, with several others in various stages of development. It’s likely that at least one of these machines is the electric Dodge muscle car in question.
Even as stats from the Tesla Model S Plaid and the like are impressive, nobody is ready to give up their V8-powered muscle cars, and it’s unlikely that it will happen as quickly as we’re led to believe. The raucous engines have long played a pivotal role in establishing the character of these American icons. That said, automakers likely won’t have much of a choice moving forwards. With Stellantis now squarely in charge, Dodge is going to be involved in the electrified future one way or another. At least we know that automaker isn’t giving up on their favorite segment, and that they’ll continue to push the boundaries of street-going performance. That is what the whole muscle car thing was originally about, after all.