For those anticipating the 2023 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas from October 31 to November 3, Mopar‘s latest teaser is just another good reason to head out to Nevada. Most are guessing that we’re going to witness a classic 60s muscle car return to life thanks to electrons – many many of them.
At first glance, the teaser image presents a challenge. The blurry partially obscured view doesn’t spill all the beans. However, a closer look suggests that we might be setting eyes on a Dodge Charger, likely from the second-generation bracket of 1968-69, aka the General Lee body-style. It’s not just any Charger, though. The distinct hood scoops reveal that modifications are in place, and a curious peep through a minuscule gap reveals a hint of blue. Now, when Mopar tells you to “get ready for a jolt” and warns that “a serious charge is coming,” it’s hard not to jump to the conclusion that the makeover will be electric.
The idea of an iconic Charger flaunting an electric powertrain for the SEMA show isn’t far-fetched. Dodge’s trajectory towards electrification has been evident, especially with the announcement of an impending electric muscle car, set to debut after the “Last Call” renditions of the current Charger and Challenger expire post-2023.
It’s worth recalling that Dodge gave enthusiasts a taste of its vision at the previous year’s SEMA with the hot-and-noisy Charger Daytona Concept. However, this year’s tease likely isn’t showcasing a production-phase Daytona. Instead, we’re probably looking at a glimpse into the future – possibly offered in a crate.
As many might be aware, Mopar is no stranger to powerhouse crate motors, with their gasoline-driven Hellephant engine. An electric shift could well be Dodge’s ticket to stand tall amidst competitors from GM and Ford’s electrified options. In other words and in our opinion, and very much in line with Stellantis’ petrol-powered recent past, what we might see is an available electrified, read hybrid, version of an existing V8 engine, and not a fully-electric powertrain replacement. Though, the latter would be more sensible…
While all this electrifying speculation is exciting, it’s essential to remember that not all SEMA showcases are indicative of production-bound endeavors or even products that will be offered to the public. We’ll see and find out more very soon.