New Dodge Challenger and Charger on the Way, but End May Be Near for Viper
Dodge Performance Lineup
What does the future hold for the Dodge performance lineup? According to recent remarks by Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, the Challenger and Charger will live on in new or refreshed versions — but the Viper may not.
A few years back, the new Challenger and the Charger were expected to share a platform with Alfa Romeo performance cars, but it looks like that’s not part of the plan anymore. Instead, Marchionne indicated that, as part of Fiat Chrysler’s new five-year plan, the Challenger and Charger could ride on new versions of their current LX platform.
Autoblog says the new Challenger and Charger could arrive before 2022 with a refreshed take on the classic Hemi V8 engine under the hood — or even the rumored 7.0-liter Banshee.
Meanwhile, it looks like Dodge will be saying goodbye to the Viper. There’s a possibility it could someday show up sharing parts with Maserati, but for now, Marchionne said, a new model is “not in the plan.”
The upshot? Dodge’s performance lineup is likely to look quite a bit different within the next few years. Whatever the future holds, we’re looking forward to welcoming the new Challenger and Charger to the lot here at Sierra CDJR.