Dodge’s new anti-theft feature made NO sense… until I spoke with experts


Earlier this week, US automaker Dodge announced a new safety feature for its rebellious and rascal muscle cars, the Challenger and Charger.

Now normally we whisper names like that here on SHIFT, because electrons are the order of the day, not gas-hungry quarter-mile machines. But we love when cars get safer or more secure, so we took a look at Dodge’s announcement.

… And came to the conclusion that it made no sense. Seriously, I’ve scratched a hole in my head the last few days.

That’s why I asked an expert – and Dodge – what was going on. But before I get to that, let me explain what is causing my confusion.

The riddle

In short, Dodge’s new security feature is a type of two-factor authentication. Before starting the car, the driver must enter a four-digit code to unlock its full potential.

If the driver does not enter the code, the car will enter a low power mode where its engine will not run beyond idle.

This type of technology is nothing new. It can be activated as an option on Tesla vehicles, and it was used on Peugeot and Citroën cars as well – in fact my dad had it on one of his old cars, he tells me it was nothing. other than a fake, anyway …

Dodge says their cars will be limited to 675 rpm and produce less than 3 horsepower. In other words, it will roll at the pace of the walk.

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Credit: Dodge – Stellantis