It is inevitable that cleverness will have to pull the plug, drain the oil and let the Hellcat V8 rest for good. In 2021, the Dodge CEO announced the one thing enthusiasts feared all along. The gas-guzzling V8s will soon be a thing of the past. However, during the 2022 Dodge Speed Week, the thoroughbred American V8 has been given a new temporary life. Dodge has announced a brand new Durago SRT Hellcat, along with the Final Call editions of the Charger and Challenger.
For all those who depend on Dodge for performance, the Hellcat engine has been the best since the Demon was killed, and soon it will be time for Dodge to let Hellcat go as there is another revolution in town. While the death of the Hellcat V8 is inevitable, there are quite a few things to look forward to. Furthermore, Dodge will say goodbye to the Challenger and Charger. As Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, we may be in a new crisis that needs radical solutions, as we did with the infamous oil crisis in 1972.
Update August 2022: Dodge has revived the Hellcat V8 for a swan song and we’ve updated this article with new information about the plans, including the revival of the Durango SRT Hellcat.
So here’s what the Hellcat V8’s predicted death could mean for Dodge’s future, and why it’s not a bad thing at all…
Why we love the Dodge Hellcat V8
The Hellcat engine was introduced in 2015 and named after a World War II aircraft carrier, the Grumman F6F Hellcat. It came in a 6.2 liter displacement, with the same bore as the highly reliable 6.4 liter Hemi and the same stroke as the 5.7 liter. It came with a 2.3-liter supercharger with integrated charge coolers, for a total of 707 horsepower and 650 ft-lb of torque, and became the most powerful engine made by Chrysler, until the Dodge Demon came along and blew everyone away. 2018.
It is also sold as a crate engine by Mopar as the Hellcrate and made even more powerful in the Redeye finishes of the 2019 Dodge Challenger and 2021 Dodge Charger, now producing 797 foaming and smoking horses.
For now, the Dodge Hellcat has been supplying the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat since 2015. In 2018, he was also featured in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and 2021 models of the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and the stunning RAM 1500 TRX.
The Durango SRT Hellcat was announced to be discontinued completely. However, the pandemic caused Dodge engineers to work on the engine, modifying it just enough to squeeze it through the strict emissions and fuel economy regulations. This led to the introduction of the new 2023 Dodge Durgango SRT Hellcat which will go on sale later this year.
Why the Hellcat is an Endangered Beast?
In an interview with CNBC, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis indicated that the time for muscle cars may soon be over, although performance can only get higher. Kuniskis believed that the world and especially the Detroit 3 are in a similar situation to what they were 50 years ago, in the 1970s.
In the 1970s, the muscle car’s reign came to an abrupt end with the arrival of the slump era, caused by two double blows. One was the oil crisis, caused by tensions between the US and the Middle East. The second was the growing concern for the environment, which meant the federal government introduced new emissions regulations and put in the catalytic converters, strangling the power out of the engines.
The economy also took a downward turn and turnover continued to decline. The 1970s then became the decade of the most embarrassing muscle cars, and performance was a word automakers used just for show.
Today the cold war is not such a big deal and the world in general has become much smaller and fused into itself. And yet it faces far greater environmental problems than before. So it’s clear that gasoline is a dying fuel, and gasoline engines may be on their last legs, especially those guzzling fuel.
The future for Dodge will be electric
If you are to believe Kuniskis, the Hellcat’s days are numbered, due to rising fuel and compliance costs. What is not numbered are achievements. And to get this feat, Dodge looks to cars like the Tesla and even the Porsche Taycan. In pursuit of performance, Dodge has confirmed that the automaker’s next-generation platform will be an electric architecture. In addition, the Dodge Challenger and Chargers will drop out after the Final Call editions. But it has been confirmed that a new Dodge BEV muscle car is in development.
Of course, Dodge has always been up for a challenge and rising well. In the slump era, when all muscle cars were affected and left powerless, Dodge managed to find a loophole and came up with the Lil’ Red Express which in 1978 became the fastest vehicle on the road, not just the fastest. truck.
However, the Hellcat will still be missed, especially by the most gasoline-headed traditionalists, even though it already surpassed all Dodge sales expectations, with more than 50,000 Hellcats sold since 2015. That being said; Dodge promises to be a performance-driven brand, and even if the future is electric, they’re confident they can deliver the same power as the Hellcat’s growling motor, this time as an electric cat.
Meanwhile, if you still want Hellcat thrills, the Charger and Challenger still sell, and there’s always the Durango or Ram TRX to go for. Or the Jeep Trackhawk…
Sources: Dodge, CNBC