MC&T Founder and editorial director Manoli Katakis was invited back to speak on the radio by Detroit News auto columnist Henry Payne on his Car Radio show in Detroit. Considering our subject matter expertise here, he went deep on the future of muscle cars, with most of the conversation revolving around the new S650 Ford Mustang and upcoming all-electric Dodge Charger. Unfortunately, there’s not much to talk about in regards to the future of the Chevrolet Camaro, but there is an electric Corvette sedan coming instead.
The Future Of Muscle Cars
Dodge held its massive Speed Week event in August, and revealed a ton of new upcoming products, some of which are actually making a return to the spotlight (Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat), which have made some customers and owners less than enthused. They’ll have to get over it.
While the Dodge Hornet, Durango Hellcat and Challenger convertible are all buzz worthy it was the Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee has been an extremely hot topic in the muscle car world hence its emphasis in the interview. Manoli and Henry discuss its sound, expected performance, and impact on the “Brotherhood of Muscle.” The killing off of the Hemi V8 muscle cars from Dodge, especially given its history, may take some time to get used to.
In addition, Ford has made a splash by revealing its new 2024 S650 Ford Mustang, highlighted by the new Dark Horse. Ford’s strategy of continuing to offer a V8 muscle car flies in the face of its rivals that were unable to figure out a viable strategy for their respective offerings to continue, and could end up being a fire for an alienated muscle car audience to huddle around. That could mean more sales for Mustang, at the expense of Chevy and Dodge.
Do you agree? Have a listen to the conversation just below, and sound off in the comment section on what you think will happen to the future of muscle cars.
Interview begins at the :20 minute mark.