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Will the next Dodge Challenger have a turbo?

Will the next Dodge Challenger have a turbo?

We know Dodge has changes planned for its vehicle lineup, but is adding a turbo engine one of them? That’s the rumour going around right now.

That rumour hints that Dodge may be considering a turbocharged inline 6 cylinder with a turbocharger bolted onto it as a future engine.

Due to its thirsty nature, the Challenger is largely restricted to North America. Stellantis and Dodge want to change that.

The proposed engine is apparently a 2.9-litre inline 6 with a turbocharger. Stellantis have been working on the engine for other projects and someone has apparently decided it might work for a Challenger.

This has yet to be confirmed by Dodge or Stellantis but a couple of prominent Dodge forums have been talking about it for a little while.

To be honest, we are looking forward to an electric Challenger at some point but we’re not sure about a 6 cylinder.

Only time will tell though.

2021 Dodge Challenger

The 2021 Dodge Challenger is one of the few glimpses back to how cars used to be. Big, bulky, brash and basic. Not in a bad way you understand, but compared to newer cars with automatic and digital everything, the Challenger is a definite look back.

And we love it for that.

There’s nothing quite like the burble of a Hemi V8 and that kick in the back as your foot hits the floor. It behaves well as a daily driver too, which is nice.

There is a V6 engine in the SXT and GT but the rest are V8s. Engines as smooth and silky as they are powerful.

The design is big and bulky but it doesn’t drive like that. Sure, you feel the size on corners or windy roads but it’s still maneuverable. It’s also comfortable.

Under the hood

So, while the interior is comfortable, seats supportive and the cabin spacious, it’s what’s under the hood that sells a Challenger.

That’s a V6 in the SXT and GT that produces 303 hp. Then there’s the 5.7-litre V8 that delivers 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque and the 6.4-litre V8 in the RT/T that delivers 485 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 in the Hellcat that delivers a stonking 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque. Up that to 797 hp and 707 lb-ft for the Redeye!

All use a combination of manual or automatic transmissions to deliver power to the rear wheels.

There’s no doubt there’s a lot to love about the Dodge Challenger but we’re not sure whether a smaller turbocharged engine is the way to go. Time will tell, I guess.

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