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Dodge Quietly Removed the Manual-Transmission Challenger Hellcat Sometime in 2021

Dodge Quietly Removed the Manual-Transmission Challenger Hellcat Sometime in 2021

if you go to the online configurator for the 2022 dodge challenger, you can spec all kinds of crazy combinations for paint color, stripe packages, interior trims, wheels, spoilers, hood scoops, the works. you can pick an engine ranging from a 303-hp 3.6-liter v-6 to an 807-hp srt super stock. but if you want a 2022 model with the 6.2-liter hellcat supercharged v-8, you can't choose a six-speed manual.

while i only noticed this issue today, challenger enthusiast forums have been talking about it since 2021. i asked dodge what's up with the stick-shift hellcat, and a spokesperson explained that the six-speed manual was removed from the configurator late in the 2021 model year. the spokesperson described it as a temporary situation and said that a revised calibration for this powertrain combo will be coming that will allow the stick-shift hellcat to go on sale again. the spokesperson was not able to say when ordering will reopen for the manual challenger hellcat but specified that production of stick-shift models was suspended in november 2021.

it's a disappointment, for sure, because the manual hellcat was a charming mix of modern performance and retro engagement. but fear not: challenger r/t models with the 375-hp 5.7-liter v-8 and scat packs with the 485-hp 6.4-liter v-8 are both still available with a six-speed manual.

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