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by Dave Ashton
The last dance for the Dodge Charger and Challenger may come in the next few years, but that doesn’t mean both models will be left out in terms of upgrades and enhancements. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be offered with a manual transmission in 2023 to let users play with silly high revs.
The transmission/gearbox/shifty thing will be a 6-speed Tremec, which wasn’t available in 2022 due to a revised calibration of the present units. But a manual will be available in other models such as the R/T and R/T Scat Pack. Dodge predicts about 35% of all orders will feature a manual shift.
As the next few years will see the last of the ICE Chargers and Challenger, Dodge has other parting goodies to signify the last run. Up to now, commemorative plaques will be featured under the hoods of many models, along with popular past colors coming back such as B5 Blue, Plum Crazy, and Sublime.
In other not-so-concrete news, will the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat receive a power boast before the last one leaves the production line? Some reports have said 1,000HP is out of the question, especially to preserve the crate engine 1000HP 7L/426 c.i. Hellephant V8. The rumor mill has spat out ‘909HP’ as a possible figure, but would this step on the toes of existing SRT Demon owners who are currently at the top of the tree with 808HP or 840HP on 100+ race fuel?
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