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One Go-Anywhere Truck, Another A Classic Muscle Car With An Electric Heart

Mopar Dodge Charger serious charge 2023 SEMA Show electric supercharged Hellephant

The 2023 SEMA Show is imminent. Happening from October 31-November 3, the biggest automotive aftermarket trade show in the world will take place at Las Vegas Convention Center, just ahead of the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. It’s bound to be a wild month for automotive and motorsports fans in Sin City, and we’re once again looking to Mopar to stir up some excitement ahead of the SEMA Show. This week the accessories and aftersales brand teased two concepts so far, with likely a few more to come. The first is a Ram 2500 Power Wagon with an adventurous livery, and the second is a classic 1969 Dodge Charger teasing something ominously blue under its perfectly sculpted hood.

It’s hard to tell exactly what this Moparized Dodge Charger is teasing, but we’re on track to soon know more about what Dodge plans to do with its electrified intentions. Last year, Dodge teased several power levels of the upcoming all-electric muscle car, presumed to also be called Charger, as well as cryptic features such as tuning “crystals,” that will be used to activate certain upgrades for this upcoming EV. This Mopar muscle SEMA concept could perhaps foreshadow some sort of electric “crate motor” in the works from Dodge Direct Connection, similar to what Ford and Chevrolet have also previewed, but have yet to really scale. Because while the motors are powerful, space efficient and use minimal parts, you still have to figure out where to put the batteries… which are not space efficient, power dense, or low tech.

As for the Ram Power Wagon Mopar SEMA concept, there’s sure to be a few surprises lurking in that truck bed, and could perhaps preview a few things for the next-generation Ram 1500 and Ram HD, which we should start to see soon.

2023 SEMA Show Mopar Ram HD Power Wagon Teaser

2023 SEMA Show Mopar Ram HD Power Wagon Teaser

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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