Will the Dodge Charger be the Last True Muscle Car?
With automakers making the change to electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), some of which have been on the battery electric vehicle (BEV) train for several years now, one has to wonder what that means for muscle cars? Ford pulled out of the race, Chevrolet is slipping, but Dodge keeps pushing forward. With the high price going for the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, a starting MSRP of nearly $80k (plus destination fee), we can only see collectors going for this, and with the Challenger showing its age, there is plenty talk that Dodge may put the moniker to rest once and for all. Which just leaves the Dodge Charger as the only muscle car to last.
Sure, the Dodge Challenger is only in its third generation, but this generation of the muscle car is already over a decade old, with a single facelift in 2015. Not to mention, the Challenger was cancelled twice in its lifetime due to tighter oil restrictions and the strict standards of CO2 ratings – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA; Stellantis), the umbrella automotive group for Dodge, took a serious hit thanks to the automaker’s lineup of muscle cars. Rumor has it that Dodge may just end the Challenger’s run, replace it with a new Viper, or do the smart thing and recognize the Dodge Charger as the new muscle car.
And why not? Look at all the Dodge Charger has received in recent years. In 2019, the 2020 Dodge Charger was announced to get the Widebody package option known exclusive to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Moreover, the Widebody package didn’t just become an option for the Charger edition of the SRT Hellcat, but also landed on the Charger Scat Pack trim. For just $2000, Dodge Charger owners (of the SRT Hellcat or Scat Pack trim) could get the demonic-looking flair of the limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT Demon without needing the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8 engine under the hood. We’re really talking about all the fixing here, with 3.5-inch wider body with new integrated fender flares, new 20-inch by 11-inch Carbon Black forged wheels, stickier Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires, an SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping competition suspension, new electric power steering (EPS), stiffer springs, larger sway bars, retuned shocks, several race-inspired technologies, and Brembo brakes.
Dodge was so thrilled with this release, that the automaker went full tilt and announced a Limited Edition 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona model. With only 501 units produced, each with a signature dash plaque with its production number out of the 501 unit run, this may be the last special edition of the Dodge Charger we see for a while, and to place the Widebody on the already iconic Daytona model is a wish come true for some racecar fans. In fact, there were only 501 units produced because what was the original number of units produced for the original 1969 Charger Daytona car. Back when Dodge was still involved with NASCAR, 501 was the minimum number required to qualify the vehicle for use on the NASCAR circuit.
With so many options and add-ons, consumers of the Dodge Charger can get exactly what they’re looking for. With a starting MSRP of $31,895 (plus destination fee), it’s not breaking the bank. We’re not saying $30k isn’t a lot of money, but no one buys a car in full these days. Even the Charger Scat Pack Widebody starting at $45,995 (plus destination fee) is manageable with a sizable down payment for easy to manage monthly financing. Ready to check out maybe the only muscle car to last? Come to Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram for the Dodge Charger.