After much anticipation and an unexpected absence, the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT 6-speed manuals are making a comeback for one final year. Yesterday afternoon a thread popped up on Hellcat.org by Koons Tysons Corner that ordering has opened for manual transmission 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCATs, making this the last chance to order the iconic muscle car with its exhilarating manual transmission.
Not only will the 2023 model year mark the return of the manual option after a one-year absence, but it will also signal the end of an era for both the Challenger in its current form and the legendary HELLCAT powertrain.
In late 2021, Dodge quietly discontinued the manual transmission option for the Challenger SRT HELLCAT, saying it would be back with a revised powertrain combination but did not give a timeframe. This move left enthusiasts disappointed and longing for the engaging driving experience it offered. However, folks wanting to row their gears behind a 717-horsepower HELLCAT V8 will get one final chance. This decision is a testament to the dedication of Dodge to its loyal fanbase, ensuring that driving enthusiasts can once again revel in the true essence of muscle car performance.
The 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT continues to embody the essence of American muscle, delivering raw power and heart-pounding performance. Beneath its aggressive exterior, this beast has a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® HELLCAT V8 engine that roars to life with an astonishing 717 horsepower. Mated to the Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual transmission, drivers can relish the control and connection that comes with rowing through the gears. The exhilaration of launching from 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 3.6 seconds will forever be etched in your memory.
While reintroducing the manual transmission option for the 2023 Challenger SRT HELLCAT is reason enough to celebrate, this year also marks the end of an era. We are all too aware that the Challenger in its current form and the legendary HELLCAT powertrain will bid farewell after the 2023 model year. This signifies a significant milestone in automotive history, as enthusiasts will look back on the Challenger HELLCAT as a symbol of power, performance, and the indomitable spirit of American muscle. If you have been waiting for another crack at a row-your-own Hellcat, you better act fast, as orders will be limited.