Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept presents a wild electric roadmap

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Dodge has claimed its position as a muscle car brand. Its Chargers and Challengers have sported muscle car looks and performance since the mid-2000s. That’s not going to change in the brand’s electric future, as shown by the Charger Daytona SRT concept the brand showed off on Wednesday.

Breaking news from Dodge’s Speed ​​Week in Pontiac, Michigan is the most important. Dodge says the Charger Daytona Concept is a preview of things to come, and if any of us were worried that the brand’s electric cars would be boring, that’s no longer a problem.

The Charger Daytona Concept has three features that are sure to catch the eye: an aerodynamic front spoiler called R-Wing, a new “exhaust system” to provide a characteristic sound called Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust and the multi-speed transmission eRupt. Not to mention a sleek and sexy look that’s sure to appeal to traditional Dodge muscle car buyers.

Dodge chose the name Charger Daytona in honor of the first car that went 200 mph on a race track, the NASCAR-renowned basket-grip 1970 Charger Daytona. Although Dodge won’t provide power specs, the company says its new Banshee electric powertrain will provide all-wheel drive and help the car outperform Hellcat models in all key metrics. We consider that to mean at least two engines, if not more, that combine to produce 800 hp or more. Dodge doesn’t agree on battery size either, but said the car has an 800-volt electrical architecture, which will allow for fast DC charging times, likely over 200kW.

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

While most EVs have single-speed transmissions because the power supply doesn’t need different gear ratios (the Porsche Taycan has a 2-speed transmission), the Charger Daytona concept has a “multi-speed” transmission. -speeds” with electromechanical gear change to provide separate ratios. shift points that will push occupants’ shoulders into the seatbacks, Dodge says. The car also has a “PowerShot push-to-pass” button on the steering wheel that will boost power to provide a burst of acceleration.

Dodge will also provide gasoline engine sound with its Fratzonic chambered exhaust. The system sends its proprietary sound through an amplifier and tuning chamber in the rear of the car to output up to 126 dB, equivalent to the sound of a Hellcat. How it’s classified as an exhaust system has yet to be explained, but Dodge says it has a “Dark Matter” sound profile.

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Since performance is TBD, the Charger Daytona’s biggest draw so far is its design. A two-door sedan, the car is a modern interpretation of the beloved 1968 Charger, much the same way the current Challenger apes the 1970 Challenger. by incorporating the R-Wing, a flowing opening at the top of the nose that provides forward downforce. The R-Wing leads to a sculpted hood with a center bulge that appears to be there to make way for a pair of Holley dual pumps. Carbon fiber air intakes at the lower corners of the front and rear fascias aid aerodynamics by creating air curtains.

The nose also sports an illuminated “Fratzog” badge, which appeared on Dodge cars from 1962 to 1976. While Dodge said it made no sense at the time, the brand says it now represents the future. electrified from Dodge. Slim headlights sit around the edges of the nose and the entire front end has a ringed light signature that echoes in red at the rear, like the current Charger.

The slab-sided body has very little ornamentation, just a slick look with a Coke bottle shape, flush door handles, Banshee fender badges and Grays of Thunder paint for a graphite look. The car sits on 21-inch wheels with a turbine-shaped design and center caps with the Fratzog logo. Six-piston calipers protrude from under the wheels.

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

The Charger Daytona SRT Concept has a black cabin like the current Challenger, but it’s surrounded by red lighting that flows through the doors and extends to the center console. Occupants sit on four well-bolstered racing-inspired seats with carbon-fibre backrests. Blue and silver stitching adorns the seats and other interior elements. Carbon fiber lines the floor and door sills, which have illuminated Daytona lettering, and graphics throughout the cabin provide a circuit board aesthetic. The lightning bolt on the accelerator pedal is a nod to electric power, while a pistol grip shifter plays on Dodge’s muscle car past. A steering wheel with a flat top and bottom and paddle shifters adds a sporty touch.

A button on the steering wheel provides access to Auto, Sport, Track and Drag driving modes which change dynamics, instrument cluster information, HUD information, sound and interior lighting.

The instrument panel features a 16.0-inch curved digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch driver-facing center touchscreen. The technology continues with an 8 x 3-inch heads-up display. The doors and steering wheel have capacitive touch controls. A panoramic sunroof opens up what would otherwise be a dark cabin, and the hatchback design opens up useful storage space.

A production version of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept is slated for 2024, possibly replacing the current Charger and Challenger, which are slated to cease production after 2023. It is expected to run on Stellantis’ new STLA Large dedicated EV architecture. It’s unclear how similar it will look to this concept car, but if the current Charger is any indication, it should be very similar, if not identical.

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