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DODGE CHALLENGER AND CHARGER REPLACEMENTS DELAYED UNTIL 2025: FORECAST

Analysts Are Tracking The Start Of Production For Dodge’s eMuscle Cars, And The Timeline Is Moving

Dodge Charger SRT EV Electric Muscle Car Banshee Concept
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Dodge made a big splash over the summer with the official introduction of a new chapter in its muscle car story. And for many, it’s not a muscle car at all. Why? Because what’s next is fully electric. During “Speed Week” – the days between August’s Roadkill Nights and the 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise – the all-electric Dodge Charger Daytona EV SRT Banshee concept is a huge departure from the stalwart Hemi-powered bruisers we see today, and it’s expected that a production version of the electric vehicle will debut next year. As for production, the target’s been 2024. However, according to the latest forecast, Dodge’s first electric vehicle launch has been pushed back to at least the first quarter of 2025.

Update: a previous version of this story implied that the electric versions of the Dodge Charger and Challenger would be delayed to 2025. However, AFS clarified with MC&T that their intel is following a delay in what can the ICE versions of the next-gen Charger and Challenger – the ones rumored to have Hurricane turbo I6 engines.

AutoForecast Solutions is saying that Stellantis will move the replacements of the current Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars from Brampton, Ontario to Windsor, Ontario, just across the river from Detroit, Michigan. At the moment, Brampton is scheduled to end production of the Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 by the end of the 2023 calendar year. In other words, this means at least a year of downtime between the longstanding Mopar muscle cars to their battery-powered replacements. This forecast also echoes previous reports that the electric Dodge vehicles will be built in Windsor, as it’s going to be a line for the new STLA Large platform, which they’re based on. This will free up the Brampton plant for “a least one” future product, we were told by Stellantis officials. News of these production shifts are coming at a time where Stellantis and Canadian union Unifor are set to enter new contract negotiations in 2023.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV Banshee Electric Vehicle Muscle Car Mopar
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Future Dodge Electric Vehicles

The Dodge Charger Daytona EV SRT Banshee concept previewed several upcoming features that will likely make it into production. Most notably what’s being called a “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust” system, that howls at 126 decibels. Reception of the feature has been mixed, based on social media commentary. Other features, such as a liftback design for extra utility, cutting-edge aerodynamics, and iconically recognizable retro-styling were also previewed.

Powering the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept is an 800V battery pack sending power to a standard all-wheel-drive system, which is key to pushing beyond Hellcat performance while improving all-weather capability. This is expected to be the most powerful iteration of the upcoming Dodge EV family, with lower output and RWD variants to slot below it. Rumors have swirled that Dodge has targeted the outright acceleration of the Tesla Model S Plaid as the vehicle to beat.

Dodge has also developed a new transmission for the Banshee, the eRupt Transmission. Unlike typical BEVs, the Dodge brand’s eRupt multi-speed transmission with electro-mechanical shifting delivers distinctive shift points, throwing shoulders into seatbacks in true Dodge style. In addition, the Banshee also previewed a PowerShot push-to-pass feature which can be activated by pushing a button on the steering wheel. The feature delivers an adrenaline jolt of increased horsepower for a quick burst of acceleration. No nitrous needed.

2023 Dodge Charger EV SRT Banshee Concept Muscle Car Daytona Speed Week Exhaust
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Dodge Charger SRT EV Daytona Banshee Concept Electric Muscle Car Challenger
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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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