The Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats are anomalies in today’s world of high gas prices and plug-in hybrids. As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they won’t be around forever, and according to Motor Authority, they could die off by as early as 2019.
According to what MA calls a “reliable source,” 2018 will be the final model year for not only the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine, but also for the 6.4-liter HEMI V8. As a result, this will likely spell the end for the absolutely archaic Chrysler LX platform that underpins the 300, Challenger and Charger.
Beyond 2019, all performance products from SRT will be powered by either a twin-turbocharged V6 or a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder, depending on the model. We don’t doubt that Dodge’s turbo four and turbo six-cylinder engine will produce plenty of power, but we’re sure you and plenty other car enthusiasts will join us in mourning the loss of the legendary HEMI V8.