Dodge's next generation Muscle Cars will continue to have internal combustion engines (ICEs)!

Dodge’s next generation Muscle Cars will continue to have internal combustion engines (ICEs)!

Tonight, the Dodge brand unveils one of the most anticipated vehicles from Detroit in recent years. The vehicle will showcase the brand’s evolution towards electrification with its next generation of “eMuscle” cars. But while that may be exciting to some, Dodge announced Monday that the 2023 model year would mark the end of the HEMI era for the brand.

6.4-liter (392 cubic inches) SRT HEMI V8. (Clever thing).

Since the announcement, several media outlets have posted that Dodge is completely removing the internal combustion engine (ICE) from its lineup after 2023 and that is simply not true. Multiple sources close to have confirmed to us that when the 2024 Dodge Challenger (LB) and Charger (LF) hit the scene in late 2023, both will be equipped with ICE and battery-electric vehicle (BV) powertrains.

Those sources have indicated that while the HEMI lineup may not return, the all-new twin-turbo 3.0-liter Hurricane inline six-cylinder will come in both standard output (SO) and high output (HO). offered, depending on the model.

Twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre GME-T6 SO (Hurricane) six-cylinder inline engine. (Stelantis).

The SO version of the Hurricane makes about 400 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of couple. That’s more powerful than the 5.7-liter (345 cubic inch) HEMI V8. The SO is designed for optimized fuel consumption and uses cooled exhaust gas circulation (EGR).

For the HO, the engine has been optimized for performance while maintaining significant fuel economy. The Hurricane HO will be good for at least 500 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, putting it right where the current 6.4-liter (392 cubic-in) SRT HEMI V8 is.

Twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre GME-T6 HO (Hurricane) six-cylinder inline engine. (Stelantis).

The reason for the switch to the Hurricane inline-six is ​​due to ongoing emissions regulations. The new inline six engines emit 15% less exhaust emissions and consume less fuel than the naturally aspirated HEMI V8s. I must like government policy.

While the growl of a V8 may be gone, rest assured you won’t be left with just electric muscle car deals when the next cars reach dealers in the 2024 model year.

But with the aftermarket and knowing how people are, we can only wait to see who pulls out the inline-six and swaps a HEMI in the next generation of cars.

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