There is an ugly rumor floating around that Dodge is looking to replace the monstrous HEMI V8 engine on the Dodge Charger. This tall tale reports that a new 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine called the GME T6 would be taking over in vehicles like the Charger and Challenger. Fortunately, there is not much meat to this story so that HEMI enthusiasts can breathe easy for a while longer.
The Web of Rumors
The first known utterance of this rumor appears on the auto engine blog, Stellpower. The report claims that it got its information from an unofficial but reliable source. As the story broke, additional websites picked up the tale. This rumor gained traction across the internet in seemingly no time.
It’s hard to say if there was just a miscommunication or the rumors were circulated to build an audience. Since Stellpower is one of the more reliable sources for auto news, there’s no reason to think there is any malfeasance at play.
The absolutely true part is a new inline-six GME T6 engine. This style of engine has actually been in circulation since 2018, but it’s just now getting an actual name.
According to a spokesperson from Dodge, the Dodge Charger and Challengers will continue with the Hellcat powertrain through the 2023 model year. While there are plans to transition Dodge’s muscle cars towards electric powertrains, HEMI engines aren’t necessarily being thrown away.
What’s Next For The Dodge Charger?
As of right now, Dodge seems to be committed to only be releasing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the near future. Make no mistake, the new options coming to the Dodge lineup aren’t your typical electric vehicles. Dodge is planning on hitting the road hard with eMuscle cars starting as early as 2024.
The CEO of Dodge, Tim Kuniskis, believes that the days of high-performing gas engines have an expiration date. It’s not that these high-power beasts turn off drivers, but that new policies and compliance issues will limit what manufactures can do.
There aren’t a lot of details available on the eMuscle cars coming in 2024, but there are rumors that they will offer all of the power you expect from vehicles like the Dodge Charger and Challenger. There’s also an expectation that these BEVs will have a driving range between 300 and 500 miles on a single charge.
There’s Still Time To Get a Dodge Muscle Car
Just because a new electric muscle car is coming doesn’t mean the gas car you’ve grown to love is disappearing right away. You should expect a little crossover between the release of the new eMuscle options and the end of the Dodge Charger era as we know it.
For now, there’s no reason to worry. The HEMI V8 isn’t going anywhere, at least not for a while.