New Dodge Charger: Here’s what we know: What’s on your wish list?

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    New Dodge Charger: Here's what we know: What's on your wish list?

Through Chris Chilton

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    New Dodge Charger: Here's what we know: What's on your wish list?

What is the most highly anticipated performance car of the year? The 2025 Dodge Charger has a good claim to that title, and come March 5, we’ll be done with the anticipation. That’s the date Dodge will announce all the details about its radical new electric muscle car.

But some of those details have already been teased and leaked, so here’s what we know about what’s in store for Dodge fans now that the Challenger and Charger V8s are gone. Check out the information and tell us what you hope to see when the full specs are announced.

Design: Replicates the Charger Daytona SRT concept

The Charger Daytona SRT concept was more than a fantasy car show car. Take away some of the glitz, the huge wheels, the small mirrors and the nice rear bucket seats and you’re pretty much looking at the car that will go on sale in the second half of 2024, either for the 2024 or 2025 model year.

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We know this because footage from tests on two-door prototypes confirms that the bodywork is virtually identical, right down to the airlift on the nose above the sleek grille. Spy shots also prove that the road car will have a liftback, just like the concept, and unlike the outgoing Charger and Challenger duo.

Chassis: New STLA platform for fuel flexibility

    New Dodge Charger: Here's what we know: What's on your wish list?

Underneath the skin, we expect to see the new large Stellantis STLA platform, which can handle both EV and ICE applications. We know the platform can theoretically deliver a range of up to 500 miles, but we doubt the Charger will be that leggy – especially if driven the way Chargers are driven.

Electric: zero emissions but a V8 soundtrack

The concept featured a three-motor, 800-volt Banshee EV powertrain, whose undisclosed horse count is close to four figures, but not every EV Charger will be that powerful, although all are expected to have two motors. and equipped with four-wheel drive.

Dodge has already confirmed that two 400-volt versions of the Charger in the 2025 lineup will be named 340 and 440, with the numbers referring to power output in kilowatts (456 hp/462 hp and 590 hp/598 hp respectively). ) and tips the hat to some famous V8s from the Charger’s past.

And as the GIF below shows, both the 340 and 440 have the option of two eStage power upgrades with Dodge Direct connection, putting the milder engine at 370 kW (496 hp / 503 hp) or 400 kW (536 hp / 544 hp) and the 440 to 470 kW (630 hp / 639 hp) or 500 kW (671 hp / 680 hp).

The new coupe can even sound a bit like an old V8 thanks to Dodge’s Fratzonic Chambered exhaust system, which pushes sound through an amplifier at the Charger’s tail. But wait, there’s more: Stellantis filed a patent last year for Active Vibration System Enhancement (AVE), which aims to reproduce some of the physical sensations that combustion cars deliver. The engineers at Rolls-Royce and Lexus must be shaking their heads in disbelief.

ICE: There’s a big possibility, but no V8

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    New Dodge Charger: Here's what we know: What's on your wish list?

We’ve already discussed the STLA platform’s ability to handle combustion or hybrid powertrains as well as pure electric powertrains. And while Dodge bosses have vehemently denied it several times in the past, a leaked image of the Charger’s naked body, showing a massive transmission tunnel, all but confirms that ICE options will also be on the menu.

This shouldn’t surprise us: it would be sales suicide if Dodge were to completely abandon its existing muscle car fans, and by offering an internal combustion engine it will be available at a much lower price than if it offered the Charger alone as an EV.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the V8 will rise again. Instead, the Charger will likely get versions of the Hurricane inline six fitted to other full-size Stellantis vehicles like the Jeep Wagoneer. We don’t know if Dodge will adapt the engines to the coupe, but the Hurricane will be offered in other Stellantis cars with 400 hp (406 hp) in standard power and 500 hp (507 hp) in high power.

While these figures make the six a good match for Dodge’s old naturally aspirated V8 engines, which produced 370 hp (375 hp) in a 5.7 liter version and 485 hp (492 hp) in a 6 configuration, 2 liters, they don’t come close to comparable models. the power of the 700+ hp (710 hp) supercharged Hellcat version, so hopefully there’s more to come.

Flexibility: probably two-door and four-door versions

    New Dodge Charger: Here's what we know: What's on your wish list?

The new Charger effectively replaces both the old four-door Charger and its two-door Challenger sister, but so far Dodge has only shown (and confirmed) the new Charger as a two-door coupe. That may be in keeping with the Charger’s 1960s legacy, but the market for two-door cars is relatively small these days – even the Golf GTI is only available with four doors and many existing Charger owners will be put off if the new one is sold alone . as a traditional coupe. We’ve suggested in the past that Dodge will likely add a four-door sedan to the Charger lineup at some point, though as of yet there have been no spy images or confirmations from Dodge to back up this claim.

Interior: Look at the SRT concept for clues

Remember what we said before about the SRT concept being more than a car show car with smoke and mirrors? The same goes for the interior design. It looked far too production-ready to have been rigged for just a one-off. So while we don’t expect the concept’s four-bucket seat interior to make it to the streets, we do expect fold-flat rear seats, a pistol-grip shifter (another decades-old Charger motif) and a pair of screens, one for meter duties and another for infotainment running Dodge’s Uconnect system.

Related: Stellantis patents vibration system to mimic combustion engines in electric vehicles

And if the production car’s console is anything like the concept car’s, it will have enough hard keys to keep button lovers happy. But will the fighter pilot-style flip-up ignition switch cap save the day? We’ll have to wait and see.

What are your hopes when Dodge fully unveils the Charger on March 5? Do you want to see a four-door version, an affordable EV model, an ICE engine to match the old Hellcat, or are you just hoping for a miracle and the return of the V8? Post a comment below and let us know.

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