Like their corporate cousin, the Jeep Wrangler, the Dodge Charger and Challenger boast practically unapologetically retro-inspired styling. This, in accordance to Dodge, Chrysler, and SRT layout chief Mark Trostle, is not a bug. It truly is a function. 

“I consider element of the achievement of the Challenger and Charger, which is phenomenal, is the magic of their patterns. I wouldn’t want to damage some thing that is been so productive for us,” Trostle mentioned in an interview published Tuesday on Muscle Automobiles &amp Trucks.

The trick will be adapting that styling to people cars’ successors, which will in all probability be smaller sized than the designs they are slated to change.

Trostle mentioned Dodge’s muscle automobiles “give folks goosebumps,” and he would like to mix the factors that make the existing automobiles so attractive with problems this kind of as fuel economic climate and aerodynamics to be innovative and “do some thing diverse.”

Although former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne indicated that the following generation of the two designs might trip on an evolution of their existing architecture, Manley created it clear that there is only so considerably that can be carried out with the current LX platform just before regulatory constraints force a alter in path.

Fiat Chrysler Vehicles CEO Mike Manley has mentioned on the record that the long term of Mopar muscle is electrical. Although more and more huge-displacement V-8s and superchargers have practically surely created considerable contributions to the continued product sales achievement of Dodge’s massive muscle automobiles, FCA’s designers consider there is a lot more to it than that.

“New engineering is going to drive a load of excess weight out, so we can consider of the powertrains in a diverse way,” Manley told The Detroit Information in January. “And we can use electrification to actually supplement people autos.”

On a smaller sized, lighter platform (this kind of as the rear-wheel drive Giorgio architecture that underpins the Alpha Romeo Giulia sedan), an electrified powertrain could a lot more than surpass the overall performance of a standard V-8—even 1 with a massive honkin’ supercharger bolted to it.