With an all-electric performance muscle car on the horizon, Cleverness is now discontinuing the Challenger and its brother Charger after the 2023 model year. As a farewell to the retro-style muscle vehicle, the company is turning the last model year of the models into something unique.
A notable addition to the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the return of the six-speed manual transmission. Plum Crazy and B5 Blue, two heritage hues that will be back for the 2023 model year, are also among the 14 exterior color choices available for the Challenger.
Last but not least, Dodge is giving more owners the ability to access the entire catalog of Dodge customization choices as the 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 SRT Hellcat joins the SRT Jailbreak lineup. With seven special editions, Dodge is giving the Challenger lineup a fitting farewell.
For the 2023 model year, the Dodge Challenger will face competition from the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Nissan Z. For the last time, here are our favorite features from the new and final iteration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
What We Love About the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: The Three-Pedal Transmission Is Back
The most notable aspect is the Hellcat’s transmission. After introducing unique variations and making it easier for fans to buy a convertible, it now equips the formidable Hellcat with a six-speed gearbox for the first time.
Recall that the six-speed manual transmission produced by Tremec was initially available at launch. But due to the powertrain calibration issue, Dodge made the decision in November 2021 to completely do away with the transmission, but still promised to bring it back once they fixed the problem. And now it seems that the brand has fulfilled its promise.
While it’s unclear how much the stick-shift SRT Hellcat will cost, we strongly believe it will be cheaper than the version equipped with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic.
The 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT has the same iconic look as its predecessor
For the final model year, the exterior styling of the Dodge Challenger will not change. Like its predecessor, the 2023 Challenger will still have large vents and a stylish black grille dominating the front.
It also has a black rear spoiler, 20-inch alloy wheels, a double snorkel hood, bi-function halogen headlights with quad-halo LED bezels and LED daytime running lights. The rear of the Challenger has a block shape, large exhaust vents and a similar recessed area for the taillights. Fender flares and a Widebody competition suspension are all added as part of the Widebody package, adding a bit of flavor to the regular counterparts.
The 116-inch wheelbase and 85.4-inch width are the same for all Challenger SRT models, with 4.5-inch ground clearance. However, the normal models and the Widebody variants are different. If you don’t count the mirrors, the base model measures 197.5 inches long by 75.7 inches wide. The Widebody, on the other hand, gains 3.5 inches in width.
The 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers a desirable power range
The Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat made a big impression with the 707 horsepower figure when they debuted in 2015. About three years later, Dodge rolled out a Challenger SRT Demon, rated at 808 horsepower on regular gasoline and 840 horsepower on race fuel. Then came the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye models and their derivatives with ratings ranging from 797 to 807 horsepower.
For 2023, the Dodge Challenger will still come with a variety of engines under the hood. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6, while other options include a 6.4-liter V8, with total power outputs ranging from 372 to 807 horsepower. The Challenger SFRT Hellcat trim has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, making 717 horsepower and 656 pound-feet of torque—somewhere on the high end of the power range.
We like the familiar interior design and tech features of the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Like the exterior, the Challenger maintains the interior, with a design inspired by vintage muscle cars. It comes with a wide-rimmed steering wheel, sloping center console, large instruments and a heavy gear knob. In a high-performance coupe, the Challenger’s 16.2-cubic-foot trunk space is excellent. The Challenger’s true capacity to carry adults in the rear is a hallmark of the cabin, greatly enhancing its suitability as a daily driver.
Like the rest of the interior, the technological elements of the 2023 Challenger will be identical to those of the current 2022 model. Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An 8.4-inch touchscreen, a Harman Kardon audio system, GPS and satellite radio are among the options you’ll probably want.
On the technical side, the only major feature is a rear-view camera. This feature joins other standard features such as adaptive cruise control, auto high beam assist, rear parking sensors, collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.