The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT is a ‘Bada–‘ Electric Muscle Car That Screams Like a Banshee

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT is a ‘Bada–‘ Electric Muscle Car That Screams Like a Banshee


Dodge unveils first electric muscle car

Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis enters The Fox Garage to talk about the Charger Daytona SRT Concept, which previews the brand’s first electric muscle car, coming in 2024.

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Dodge is poised to make a lot of noise in the electric car space.

The Charger Daytona SRT Concept previews the first battery-powered muscle car the brand will launch for the 2024 model year.

Dodge will end production of its current IC engine-powered Charger sedan and Challenger coupe models in December 2023 and will follow them with a production version of the concept, which Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis says is “not a science project” and is very close to what customers expect able to buy.

The Charger Daytona SRT is a four-seat, two-door hatchback with a design inspired by Dodge’s muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, but with a modern twist.

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is a preview of a future production car.

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is a preview of a future production car. (Evade)

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The front end features a wing along the front edge of the hood that Dodge calls the R-Wing. It makes the car look like it has an old-school blunt front end, while allowing air to flow underneath to improve its aerodynamic profile for more range and performance.

The R-Wing improves aerodynamics while maintaining heritage-inspired muscle car styling.

The R-Wing improves aerodynamics while maintaining heritage-inspired muscle car styling. (Evade)

The interior is designed around two digital displays. The instrument cluster is a curved display, while the central touchscreen is tilted 10 degrees towards the driver. A full and fixed panoramic glass roof covers the entire passenger compartment and the rear seats fold down to increase cargo capacity.

The interior features a center screen tilted towards the driver.

The interior features a center screen tilted towards the driver. (Evade)

Full technical details have not yet been released, but Dodge said the concept will feature the top-of-the-line Banshee powertrain, which will outperform the current Hellcat V8’s 808-horsepower output, making it faster and faster than any of the vehicles that powered it became this supercharged engine.

Dodge says the top-of-the-line Banshee will be more powerful and faster than a car with a Hellcat V8.

Dodge says the top-of-the-line Banshee will be more powerful and faster than a car with a Hellcat V8. (Evade)

Dodge’s parent company, Stellantis, previously said the electric platform on which the Charger Daytona SRT will be built will be able to accommodate a twin-engine powertrain with up to 885 horsepower and to 60 mph in less than two seconds to accelerate. These numbers have not been confirmed for the Charger Daytona SRT.

Because the Tesla Model S Plaid is already so fast, Kuniskis told Fox News Digital that the goal isn’t necessarily to beat it, but to deliver the performance in a more exciting way, and the Charger Daytona SRT has a feature that points to that aims to do just that.

An eRupt gear creates shifts for a dynamic effect.

An eRupt gear creates shifts for a dynamic effect. (Evade)

Most electric cars have a single gear and accelerate seamlessly, but the Charger Daytona SRT comes with a multi-speed transmission called the eRupt that can slam passengers into their seats with electromechanical gear changes either automatically or when the driver pulls in the retro pistol-grip shifter.

“Linear acceleration is fantastic, not exciting. It’s just not,” said Kuniskis, adding that any loss in energy efficiency from using the eRupt is of little concern.

“Anyway, it’s badass. It’s a muscle car, man.”

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The Banshee powertrain will also feature a PowerShot feature, increasing its power beyond the normal maximum for short bursts of acceleration.

Finally, models in three performance levels will be offered, with each being upgradable in two steps through hardware and software upgrades through Dodge’s Direct Connection parts catalogue.

Passengers and passers-by are treated to something unprecedented from an electric car: a loud exhaust. The Charger Daytona SRT features a patent-pending invention that Dodge calls the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust.

The Fratzog badge was previously used on Dodge muscle cars from 1962 to 1976.

The Fratzog badge was previously used on Dodge muscle cars from 1962 to 1976. (Dodges)

Fratzog is the name of the triangular traditional Dodge badge that will be revived as a logo for its future electric vehicles.

Rather than just using a speaker to play synthetic engine sounds, the chambered exhaust resembles a pipe organ, pumping air through a series of tubes to create a sound they call “dark matter,” along with speed changes and the erupting change gears .

The Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust leaves the car under the rear bumper.

The Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust leaves the car under the rear bumper. (Evade)

Kuniskis said engineers thought about all of the elements that make noise in a V8-powered car and integrated them into the sound emanating from under the rear bumper.

“Throttle position, throttle opening speed, whether you’re shifting, whether you’re not shifting, the load on the engine, whether you’re decelerating, all the inputs that make the difference in sound today, we then have to put that through an algorithm to create the air movement.” , explained Kuniskis.

It even makes a sound at idle that mimics the firing pattern of one of Dodge’s Hemi V8 engines.

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Kuniskis hasn’t said if a four-door version will be offered or what the price will be, but the production version of the Charger Daytona SRT will be in showrooms by the end of next year.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor for Auto Industry and Racing @foxnewsautos