In recent news from Dodge, CEO Tim Kuniskis announced that production of the supercharged 6.2L Hellcat powerplant will soon be discontinued and will be replaced by its upcoming eMuscle EVs.
As Dodge prepares to launch an electric muscle car for 2024 under what they are calling eMuscle, for any diehard muscle car fanatic, the news of Dodge announcing that the Hellcat would cease to exist after 2023 is a hard one to swallow.
The 6.2L supercharged hemi V8 Hellcat engine produces anywhere from 702 to 840 horsepower and has been found in models such as the Dodge Challenger (including the SRT Demon), Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and a one year model of the Durango SRT.
The decision to end the Hellcat powerplant production seemingly comes as a internal decision. Due to the ever changing EPA laws, for Dodge to meet emissions regulations and standards, the compliance fees where more than what Dodge thinks is worth to continue on with the now iconic engine. Dodge affirmed Kuniskis' remarks in a statement and said, "[the Hellcat] powertrain as we know it will be built through 2023 (calendar year). In 2024, we're moving on. The new Dodge cars will be electrified."
They say all good things must come to an end. So as the new era of EVs begin to roll out and become the standard, customers who want to own a Hellcat version of their favorite model only have 2 years to get their hands on one before production ceases.