Dodge loves placing easter eggs around for people to find; previously, it was a potential hint in a 2020 Dodge Challenger press release photo with 2023 miles on the odometer. This time, the company’s 24 Months of Muscle calendar features a teaser that shows a coyote that has been run over.
The “Dead Coyote” reference had initially slipped under the radar until CarScoops spotted it. After enlarging the picture, it’s evident what the image entails. Looking at the source code, the image meaning is undeniable as it has been named “Dead Coyote,” even the alternative text holds the name. Dodge has zipped their lips and thrown away the key concerning the picture’s meaning, but it doesn’t take much for muscle car fans to piece together that the image is a reference to Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8 that powers the Mustang.
Dodge Disses With Dead Coyote
What could all of this mean? Well, to connect some dots, we know that Dodge is moving to phase out the existing Challenger and Charger by 2023. It’s also understood that Stellantis is set to debut the “Tornado” engine; a twin-turbo inline six that could end up replacing the Hemi V8 in multiple use cases, and that includes muscle cars. Currently, both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger utilize a highly successful engine strategy that incorporates multiple V8 engines; a 5.7L “Eagle” Hemi, a 6.4L “Apache” Hemi, and the 6.2L supercharged “Hellcat” Hemi – which branches off into multiple outputs as seen in the Challenger/Charger Redeye and Challenger Super Stock.
The thing is, all of these engines produce more horsepower than the 480 470 hp found in the Ford Coyote V8, except the 5.7L, which delivers 370 horses. Is the Eagle about to fly off into the sunset? Or is something else afoot?
The Future Of Dodge
The Dodge Charger and Challenger siblings are currently based on a platform that can be traced to the W210-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, introduced in 1995. However, the new platform Stellantis has been working on will have the “AWD Performance & American Muscle” cars ride on the STLA Large architecture and feature 101-118 kWh battery packs that allow for ranges of up to 500 miles. Some vehicles will use electric motors with outputs ranging from 168 to 241 horsepower; however, most will have motors that produce between 201 and 443 ponies. If the all-wheel-drive variants receive a dual-motor powertrain, there’s a chance that we might see outputs of over 800 horsepower.
If Dodge manages to crank the dual motor system out, we could even see cars with more power than the 840 horsepower Challenger SRT Demon. Stellantis has also hinted that their upcoming EVs will be able to accelerate from 0-62 mph in as little as two seconds which is a bit faster than the Demon’s 2.3 seconds 0-60 time.