Dodge is about to deluge us with defying doses of products starting next week, a milestone in which the brand is calling Speed Week. It will start the Monday after this Saturday’s Roadkill Nights, and will end after an event Wednesday evening, August 17, that will preview the next-generation of Dodge, highlighted by the brand’s electric muscle car concept. Further specifics remain a mystery, but a new report may shed light onto where exactly this next-gen performance EV will be built starting 2024.
According to Mopar Insiders, the electric Dodge muscle cars are to be built in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This would effectively mean that production is moving out of Brampton, Ontario when the final, current-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger reportedly roll off the assembly line in 2023.
Stellantis itself has not confirmed where the new eMuscle car would be built, but last month the brand announced that a new battery plant will be opening up in Windsor in 2024, near the facility that currently builds the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. If the reporting is correct, the assembly plant would likely require a huge retooling investment, plenty of downtime, and the phasing out of existing product in order to do so. Again, none of this is confirmed just yet.
Although we were all hoping that there would be a gasoline-powered version of the new muscle car, that hope was squashed by a confirmation from Stellantis that the next-generation Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger would be battery-electric vehicles. Previous rumors had thought that the Challenger would move to the STLA Large platform (which was presented by executives as a BEV platform last year) and be powered by the new Hurricane turbo-six engine, with Hemi power reserved for the top end models. Some of these details don’t factually make sense, and Dodge itself even went on record to deny this.
That being said, the Dodge electric cars on the way will reportedly continue to do what they do best, which is to deliver tons of power and dominate the drag strip. We’ve previously reported that the eMuscle is targeting the highest echelon of electric vehicle performance, and will likely feature 1,000 horsepower under the skin, putting the Tesla Model S Plaid in the crosshairs.
The electric Dodge muscle car was originally teased in the summer of 2021, with a CGI video of a mysterious vehicle with throwback design cues from the original Charger. Some details eluded to included all-wheel-drive (a smoky four-wheel burnout), and a new fratzog logo.
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