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The End of an Era: Dodge's Gas-to-Electric Shift with Kunes Auto Group

Published on Aug 21, 2023 by Talia Mushinsky

Dodge's Gas-to-Electric Shift: What You Need to Know

Last year, Dodge announced their plans to cease the production of two iconic muscle cars known for their heart-racing power and legendary design- the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. But before you hit the brakes on your emotions, this change signals Dodge's embrace of an electrifying new era.

Revisiting Dodge's Muscle Car Legacy

For those who've cruised the streets with Kunes Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Platteville, you know that the Charger and Challenger aren't just vehicles – they're stories of American muscle prowess. Revived in the 2000s and echoing designs of the golden '60s and '70s, they represented Dodge's commitment to unmatched power and style. From budget-friendly renditions to the roaring Hellcat boasting 700+ horsepower, these muscle cars stood testament to Dodge's expertise.

Why is Dodge Accelerating Towards Electric?

With increasing emphasis on green transportation, even muscle car giant Dodge couldn't resist the electric call. Tim Kuniskis, Dodge's visionary CEO, emphasized the promise of an electrifying future, suggesting that while engines evolve, the thrill they offer remains timeless. To ensure the brand's power-packed future, collaborations with industry titans like Tesla are already in the pipeline.

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The 2023 Dodge "Last Call" Special Editions

These models will all feature the "Last Call" commemorative plaque under the hood, making them a true treasure for collectors in the near future.

2023 Destroyer Grey Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shakedown

2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shakedown

Inspired by its legendary debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, this Challenger brings back the iconic black-and-red design that beautifully merges the past with the present. Whether you're drawn to the Destroyer Grey R/T Scat Pack or the commanding Pitch Black R/T Scat Pack Widebody, now's your moment to claim a piece of Dodge history.

Exclusive Features of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown:

  • Performance-boosting Mopar Shaker hood for cooler air intake.
  • Distinct under-the-hood “Shaker” decal.
  • Bold red “392” graphics on the fenders.
  • Signature black “Challenger” badge with a special R/T emblem on the grille.
  • Stylish wheels: Low Gloss Black Slingshot (20-by-9.5-inch) and Carbon Black Warp Speed (20-by-11-inch for Widebody).
  • Powerful red six-piston Brembo brakes for unmatched stopping ability.
  • Exclusive “Shakedown” badge on the dashboard.
  • Luxurious Black Nappa/Alcantara seats with vibrant red stitching.
  • Coordinated red stitching accents throughout the interior, including the Demonic Red seat belts.
Plum Crazy Purple 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee

2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee

Echoing the spirit of its legendary predecessors from the late '60s and early '70s, the latest Dodge Charger Super Bee blends unrivaled performance with iconic style. At Kunes Auto Group, we're excited to give you one last shot to own a gas-powered Dodge masterpiece before they exit the stage in December 2023. This is more than a car; it's a statement, an ode to a time when engines roared and power was king.

Exclusive Features of the 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee:

  • Iconic Super Bee badges on the grille and front fenders.
  • Distinctive exterior graphics tailored to the car's color: blue for B5 Blue and white for Plum Crazy.
  • Dynamic wheel options: 20-by-9.5-inch knurled wheels with 275 drag radials (for Scat Pack) and 18-by-11-inch drag wheels with 315 drag radials (for Scat Pack Widebody).
  • Adaptive damping suspension with Drag Mode for the ultimate driving experience.
  • Standout black Mopar® hood pin kit and SRT® hood with functional scoop and dual heat extractors.
  • Powerful red four-piston Brembo brake system to bring you to a halt.
  • Exclusive interior touches: Super Bee instrument panel badge and seat back logos.
F8 Green 2023 Dodge Challenger and Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger

2023 Dodge Challenger and Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger

As the end of 2023 approaches, Dodge readies for a grand exit from the gas-powered era with its special-edition models: the Challenger and Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger.


Inspired by the original Dodge Dart Swinger's powerful heritage and retro charm, these modern beauties channel the past while embracing the future. Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand at Stellantis, aptly shares, "Dodge Swinger models have always been a muscle-car treasure. With our 2023 editions, we're rekindling the thrill and nostalgia."

F8 Green 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Swinger

Exclusive Features of the 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Swinger:

  • Eye-catching Gold School badges: Grille, Shaker intake, spoiler, and fenders.
  • Vintage-inspired Retro Swinger graphics on the rear.
  • Stunning 20-by-11-inch Gold School wheels.
  • State-of-the-art Black six-piston Brembo brakes.
  • Luxurious interior: Mod Grain wood-like aluminum bezels and plush Nappa/Alcantara seats adorned with green Dodge Rhombi logo and stitching.
  • Distinctive green accents: Swinger interior instrument panel badge and stitching on console and doors.
F8 Green 2023 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger

Exclusive Features of the 2023 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger:

  • Classic Gold School badges: Scat Pack + Bee grille, and Bee fender and deck lid.
  • Timeless 20-by-11-inch Gold School wheels.
  • Vintage Retro Swinger graphics on the rear fender.
  • High-performance Black six-piston Brembo brakes.
  • Elegant interior: Mod Grain wood-style aluminum bezels and deluxe Nappa/Alcantara seats with signature green Dodge Rhombi logo.
  • Distinct green touches: Swinger instrument panel badge and vibrant green stitching on the console and doors.
Go Mango Orange 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona

2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona

Inspired by the drag-racing legend "Big Willie" Robinson's 1969 Dodge Charger, this modern marvel boasts an incredible 807 horsepower. Wrapped in a vibrant Go Mango color, it's not just a car—it's history on wheels. At Kunes Auto Group, our sales professionals can help you be one of 300 proud owners of this “Last Call” edition.

Exclusive Features of the 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona:

  • Boosted power: An extra 10 horsepower, upping it to 807 hp.
  • Signature looks: Satin Black King Daytona rear fender and hood and roof graphics.
  • Sleek 20-by-11-inch Satin Carbon Warp Speed wheels.
  • Vivid Orange six-piston Brembo brakes.
  • Luxurious Black Nappa/Alcantara “Daytona” seats with orange detailing.
  • Special King Daytona interior badge and unique orange stitching throughout.
  • Premium touches: Carbon fiber interior bezels, Alcantara steering wheel, and a state-of-the-art Harman Kardon audio system.
  • Extras: Power sunroof and a top-notch Navigation package.
Pitch Black 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost with racing stripe across the width of the trunk

2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost

The streets still whisper tales of the original 'Black Ghost'—a formidable 1970 Dodge Challenger RT SE that roamed Woodward Avenue under the hands of Godfrey Qualls. Earning its nickname due to its mysterious appearances and unmatched power, this iconic car left a legacy that is remembered even today. With only 300 units available, it's a nod to the gas-powered muscle era that's concluding at the end of this year.

Exclusive Features of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost:

  • Distinct Black “gator skin” roof vinyl and Pitch Black exterior.
  • Eye-catching White rear fender graphics.
  • Signature badges: Challenger script grille, fender, spoiler, and unique Midnight Metallic SRT grille badge.
  • Bright fuel filler door and powerful Black six-piston Brembo brake system.
  • Racing-inspired 20-by-11-inch Satin Carbon Warp Speed wheels.
  • Classic Black Mopar® hood pins.
  • Luxe Alcantara/Laguna leather seats and door trims.
  • Premium Alcantara steering wheel with red SRT logo.
  • Interior touches: Real carbon fiber bezels and a plush Dynamica suede headliner.

2023 Dodge Challenger Demon 170

As 2023 marks the end of an era for gas-powered Dodge Challengers and Chargers, Kunes Auto Group proudly introduces the fastest of them all—the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. This beast redefines speed by zooming to 60 mph in just 1.66 seconds, leaving all in its dust as it covers a quarter-mile in a mere 8.91 seconds. It's not just a car; it's a piece of Dodge history that's wrapping up this December.

Exclusive Features of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Demon 170:

  • Powerhouse: Holds the title for the most powerful muscle car with a whopping 1,025 horsepower and 945 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • Quick as Lightning: Achieves 0-60 in 1.66 seconds, boasting the highest g-force acceleration at 2.004 gs.
  • Smart Power: Adjusts its horsepower based on the ethanol fuel content.
  • Exclusive Tires: First-ever car to sport Mickey Thompson ET Street drag radials, made just for the Demon 170.
  • Stylish Flair: Showcases unique Demon badging with a “170” neck tattoo and a special yellow Demon's eye.
  • Limited Edition: Each car comes with an exclusive Demon 170 decanter set.
  • Top-Notch Accessories: Options include a parachute system, carbon fiber rear seat delete trim panels, and more from Direct Connection.

Driving Ahead with Kunes Auto Group

As Dodge steers into an electrified future, Kunes CDJR of Platteville will remain your trusted partner for all updates, purchases, and insights. Whether you're excited about upcoming electric models or looking to own a piece of Dodge's gas-powered legacy, our sales professionals are ready to assist you. Come visit us today!

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