Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Dodge has vindicated its claim as a muscle car brand. Its Charger and Challenger have carried the look and performance of muscle cars since the mid-2000s. That won’t change in the brand’s electric future, as shown by the Charger Daytona SRT Concept the brand showed on Wednesday.

The latest 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 attract attention: an aerodynamic front wing called the R-Wing, a new “exhaust system” to deliver a distinctive sound called Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, and the eRupt multi-speed transmission. That’s not to mention a sleek and sexy look that is sure to appeal to traditional Dodge muscle car buyers.

Dodge chose the name Charger Daytona in honor of the first car to go 200 mph on a racetrack, the 1970s basket-handled Charger Daytona of NASCAR fame. While Dodge doesn’t provide the 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 measurements. We think that means at least two engines, if not more, coming together to produce 800hp or more. Dodge doesn’t even share battery size, but said the car has an 800-volt electric architecture, which will allow for fast DC charging times, likely in excess of 200kW.

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept

While most electric vehicles have single-speed transmissions because electric power doesn’t need different gear ratios (the Porsche Taycan has a 2-speed transmission), the Charger Daytona Concept has a “multi-speed” transmission with electromechanical shifter to provide distinct shift points that will push the occupants’ shoulders into the seat backs, according to Dodge. The car also has a push-to-pass “PowerShot push-to-pass” button on the steering wheel that will increase power to provide a burst of acceleration.

Dodge will also provide gas engine sound with its Fratzonic chamber exhaust. The system sends its proprietary sound through an amplifier and tuning chamber at the rear of the car to push up to 126 dB, equal to the sound of a Hellcat. How it is 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 has yet to be defined, the Charger Daytona’s biggest draw so far is its design. A two-door hatchback, the car is a modern interpretation of the beloved 1968 Charger in much the same way that the current Challenger mimics the 1970 Challenger. The nose takes on the look. beveled and darkened of the ’68 Charger while incorporating the R-Wing, a through opening at the top of the nose that provides front downforce. The R-Wing leads to a sculpted hood with a central bulge that appears to be there to make way for a pair of dual-pump Holley pumps. Carbon fiber air intakes in the lower corners of the front and rear dashboards aid aerodynamics by creating air curtains.

The nose also sports an illuminated “Fratzog” badge, which appeared on 1962 thru ’76 Dodge cars. While Dodge said it had no meaning back then, the brand claims it now represents Dodge’s electrified future. The slim headlights sit at the edges of the nose and the entire front has a signature ring lighting echoing in red in the rear similar to the current Charger.

The plate body has very little decoration, just a smooth look with a Coke bottle shape, flush door handles, Banshee fender badges, and Grays of Thunder paint for a graphite look. The car is mounted on 21-inch wheels with a turbine-like design and center caps with the Fratzog logo. Six-piston calipers peek out 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 interior like the current Challenger, but is surrounded by red lighting that flows into the doors and extends to the center console. Occupants sit on four well-reinforced racing-inspired seats with carbon fiber backrests. Accented blue and silver stitching refine the seats and other interior elements. Carbon fiber covers the floor and door sills, which illuminated the 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 gearbox mimics the past of Dodge’s muscle car. A steering wheel with a flat top and bottom and gear levers adds a sporty touch.

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

The dashboard features a 16.0-inch curved digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch center touchscreen angled towards the driver. The technology continues with an 8×3-inch head-up display. The doors and steering wheel are equipped with capacitive touch controls. A panoramic sunroof opens up what would otherwise be a dark cabin and the hatchback design opens up useful stowage space.

A production version of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept is scheduled for 2024, possibly replacing the current Charger and Challenger, production of which is expected to end after 2023. It is expected to use Stellantis’ new dedicated STLA Large EV architecture. It is not known how close this concept car will be, but if the current charger is any indication, it should be very similar, if not identical.

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