After rocking the muscle car enthusiast world with the announcement that 2023 will be the last year for the beloved Dodge Charger and Challenger models, the company has revealed its plans for an electric replacement for the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept.
At the unveiling, Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge brand, likened the industry’s shift from utility vehicles to electric power that customers won’t want combustion models sooner rather than later. “Muscle cars still maintain a very significant and enduring place in the industry, offering emotional design, extreme performance and an engaging driving experience,” he said.
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Dodge Charger Daytona SRT :
Dodge, the brand that shoves a massive supercharged V8 engine into just about anything, is going electric, but not in the way you might think. The automaker recently unveiled its long-promised electric muscle car as the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept. The car previews Dodge’s approach to making electric vehicles (EVs), showing that it wants to create vehicles that replicate the excitement of a big gasoline engine.
Although “just” a concept, the Charger Daytona SRT looks stunningly production-ready inside and out. The Dodge includes several features other EV concepts lack, notably a multi-speed transmission and functional exhaust. Together, the features make the concept a radically different EV than any we’ve seen.
The Daytona SRT is an ambitious concept, but it remains to be seen whether it can fulfill all the missions it claims. A production version of the car could arrive as early as 2024, and only then will we know if an electric car can also be a muscle car.
What’s New Dodge Charger Daytona SRT :
- Previews future Dodge EVs
- Features an 800-volt “Banshee” drive system.
- Unique exhaust system with an amplifier and resonators.
- Interior features a 12.3-inch center touchscreen and a curved 16-inch instrument cluster.
- Dodge has not expressed a production intent for this car.
Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Desgin :
The Charger Daytona SRT concept car is closer to the current 2-door Dodge Challenger despite wearing the Charger badge. When Dodge revived the Charger name for the 2006 model year, it was for use on a frumpy full-size sedan, but it’s a very different car. The design includes a front spoiler that directs air from the front of the car and over the passenger compartment. Called the R-Wing, Dodge says the design improves downforce and carbon fiber intakes on either side of the front fascia create a wind curtain for better aerodynamics.
The car’s “grill” features an illuminated three-pointed “Fratzog” logo. Dodge originally used the symbol on muscle cars in the 1960s and 70s and came back to show everyone that this car meant business. Dodge says the concept is deliberately minimalist, avoiding excess “bling”. The headlights are almost hidden under the R-wing structure and the exterior lighting features are the only flashy bits on the concept’s exterior.
Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Interior :
Most concept vehicles lack the interior details that most people consider essential for a moving, driving car, but the Charger Daytona SRT concept looks closer to an everyday car inside. The 12.3-inch touchscreen is angled 10 degrees toward the driver, and Dodge says the curved 16-inch gauge cluster creates a cocooning feeling inside the cabin.
The dash features a tiered design that gives the impression that parts are floating, and parametric patterns adorn the various surfaces. Dodge added circuit graphics to the carbon fiber floor to mimic a circuit board flowing toward the driver, and the interior features blue- and silver-stitched accents.
Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Performance :
Dodge hasn’t provided detailed specs for the concept car, but it has shared tantalizing details on its build and key features. The car has an 800-volt drive system that Dodge says makes it faster than the Hellcat. It drives all four wheels, helping deliver power to the ground and improving acceleration, the automaker says.
Most EVs come with a single-speed gearbox, but Dodge introduced a unique multi-speed “eRupt” transmission for the concept. It offers real shift points that Dodge says push passengers into their seats. Like some race cars, the concept comes with a push-to-pass feature that boosts horsepower for quick acceleration.
Finally, Dodge couldn’t build a wimpy EV as a true muscle car successor, so to boost its street cred, the automaker gave it an exhaust. Dodge says it produces a 126-decibel sound that rivals the roar of its Hellcat cars. The system uses an amplifier and tuning chamber to produce sound, which varies depending on drive mode.
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Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Features :
Dodge equipped the concept with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, which the automaker says is the largest of its models. A 16-inch curved gauge cluster and an 8″x3″ head-up display accompany the center touchscreen. The instrument panel has an ultraviolet color with blue and silver accents, and interior lighting changes with driving mode selection.
Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Safety Features :
Dodge hasn’t outlined the safety features for the concept, but once it goes into production, we’ll see advanced driving assistance systems alongside the standard technology many cars come with. Look for blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic emergency braking when similar vehicles make it into production.
Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Competitors :
If Dodge pushes the Charger Daytona SRT concept into production, it will compete against the fastest EV mashups. Depending on its price, the car could face off against the Tesla Model 3 Performance, BMW i4 M50, Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and others. Although electric vehicles are thriving, the world of electric muscle cars currently has only one inhabitant – the Dodge Concept.