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To dodge announced that it will discontinue its Challenger and Charger muscle cars in 2023, opting instead for electric variants according to CNBC. The end of the gas variation of the two beloved vehicles continues to signal a transition for the longtime automaker as it transitions to an all-electric fleet.
The Charger and Challenger were first loved by gearheads, muscle car enthusiasts and more in the 1960s and 1970s before being resurrected in the mid to late 2000s. It became a vehicle of the day for various municipalities across the country such as Atlanta and Detroit and has become a staple in military recruiting — and college football, depending on who you ask.
“Dodge, with the Challenger and the Charger, they really found a way to really access that muscle car root. These cars definitely expressed it…and were able to retain that essence,” said Stephanie Brinley, principal analyst at S&P Global “Having that clear DNA and a clear expression of who they are meant to be helps make the transition to electric.”
The base price of a low-end Charger or Challenger started around $30,000 but could climb to $90,000 for the Hellcat model that tops out at over 700 horsepower.
“The days of a 6.2-liter V8 supercharged by an iron block are numbered,” said Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis. already said CNBC, referring to engines like those in the Hellcat. “But the performance generated by these vehicles is not counted.”
Many people are hurt or grateful for the news. Whether you live in Atlanta, know someone who has roots in Alabama football, or are glad the loud behemoths aren’t on the streets anymore – enjoy all the wild reactions below. .