Dodge’s final muscle automobiles, the Hellcat V8-powered Challengers, have been and not using a key function for the previous 12 months.
The coupes had been solely supplied for 2022 with an automated transmission and never the six-speed handbook that had beforehand been normal tools.
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A Dodge spokesman instructed Fox Information Digital that the stick-shift’s availability was paused as a result of a powertrain recalibration that has since been accomplished.
The handbook is now again in motion for the 2023 mannequin 12 months, Motor Development first reported, and none too quickly.
Subsequent 12 months would be the final for all of Dodge’s V8-powered automobiles, together with the four-door Charger, that are being discontinued for 2024.
The automaker is sending them off with a collection of “Final Name” particular version fashions and has launched a “Horsepower Locator” web site that lists each accessible car and what vendor it has been allotted to, to make issues simpler for followers to seek out their ultimate V8 Dodge.
The V8s are set to get replaced by a manufacturing model of the all-electric Dodge Charger Daytona SRT coupe idea that was revealed this 12 months. The 2-door blends styling impressed by the model’s traditional fashions with an all-new battery-powered platform. 9 completely different energy ranges shall be accessible, with the underside six starting from 455 hp to 670 hp and three extra to return above that.
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It might not be the tip of days for all gasoline-powered efficiency automobiles from the model, nonetheless.
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis stated the brand new structure is multi-energy, which means that it may well additionally accommodate an inside combustion engine powertrain.
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“I can take the ground pan out. I can take the battery out. I can put a drive-shaft tunnel in there. The platform is made to have the ability to do this. It’s modular,” he stated throughout a reporter roundtable on the SEMA auto present in November, in keeping with The Drive.
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It will not be a powered by a V8, nonetheless, however seemingly the brand new Stellantis “Hurricane” turbocharged inline-six-cylinder that’s presently accessible in a number of Jeep fashions at outputs as much as 510 hp.
Moreover, whereas electrical automobiles don’t want transmissions with gears, Dodge determined to develop one known as the eRupt for the Charger Daytona SRT only for enjoyable.
It won’t have a clutch like a handbook, however it’ll bang the again of passengers’ heads into their seats whereas the automobile is accelerating.