Want a 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat with a Stick? Here’s How Before It’s Too Late
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is probably one of the most desired modern-day muscle cars on the market. It’s not like a high-powered V8 engine with a stick-shift transmission is just going to fall out of the sky anytime soon. Not to mention that Dodge is going to switch its legacy of muscle cars from HEMIs to an all-electric drivetrain starting in 2024. While the Dodge Challenger Hellcat abandoned the manual option in 2021, one Dodge dealership in Virginia is giving muscle car hopefuls one last ride in the 2023 model by selling it with an included stick shift transmission.
How Can I Get a Dodge Challenger Hellcat with Manual Transmission?
For those that remember, Dodge initially discontinued the manual transmission from the Challenger Hellcat in 2021 under the premise that its powertrain would need additional calibrations to make it work. Now it seems that those calibrations have been made to the current powertrain, because the Koons Tysons Corner Dodge dealership in Vienna, Virginia has announced via Hellcat fan forums that the manual option is back for the 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcat by order only, and they are ready to put your name down.
“Great news!!! Finally, the time has come!!,” Koons Tysons Corner Dodge wrote in the forum. “The manual transmission Challenger Hellcat engine just opened up for ordering in both narrow body and widebody!!!! And best of all, we still have available allocation!! We are doing the first 5 orders at MSRP.”
But this configuration isn’t readily available for everyone, as the manual stick shift cannot be chosen for the Hellcat Challenger on Dodge’s builder website. This means that those fully intent on securing themselves a unit with a manual transmission need to contact the dealer directly in order to make it happen.
The clock is ticking with the number of available 2023 Dodge Challenger Hellcats to receive the manual configuration. Because once the 2024 next-gen EV Charger rolls in, these cars are going to be even more sparse to come by than they are right now.