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Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept Teases Electric Muscle Cars To Come

by George Mensah
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If you’ve ever wondered what the future of the Dodge Charger holds, you’re about to get a big hint. Dodge has been promising to join Ford on the electric muscle car bandwagon for some time, and its new concept gives us our first solid look at what that might entail. While the Charger with a charging port will bring significant changes, the company claims the core of the car will remain unchanged. Despite the fact that a motor replaces a traditional gas-powered engine, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept “drives like a Dodge, looks like a Dodge, and feels like a Dodge.”

Dodge’s Tim Kuniskis stated ahead of the vehicle’s unveiling, “The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept exists because performance forced us to do it.” Kuniskis went on to make some bold claims about the Charger Daytona SRT Concept’s performance and impact, claiming that the car “can do more than run the car show circuit,” before going on to say that the car “will redefine American muscle.”

Dodge teased the Hornet, its upcoming entry-level electric performance vehicle, yesterday. According to Kuniskis, the unveiling of the new electric concept is only the first step. “We meant it when we said it was going to be an electric summer for Dodge,” he says.

Furthering the brand’s iconic legacy

The concept is named after one of the company’s most recognizable vehicles. The original Dodge Daytona was the first vehicle to break 200 mph on a NASCAR track in 1970. While it has a massive pair of metaphorical boots to fill, the Charger Daytona SRT Concept is expected to live up to its name and further Dodge’s muscle car legacy. That’s no easy task, but the new propulsion system Dodge has chosen helps the concept’s chances. Across the board, the 800V Banshee propulsion system outperforms another iconic Challenger, the 600 horsepower HEMI Hellcat. Dodge claims that its electric Charger is on par with the 797 horsepower Redeye, which is currently the “fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.”

The concept appears to have a high level of self-awareness. Despite the advances made in acceptance, practicality, and performance, there is still a sizable number of skeptics. Certain circles may be more skeptical than others. If every car you grew up with was a gas-guzzling V-12, the idea of trading it in for a zero-emission eco-mobile may seem incomprehensible. But it’s clear that Dodge designed the Charger Daytona SRT for just that type of person. The car’s appearance has been slightly modernized while retaining the classic muscle car silhouette. For the most part, things are kept simple, but certain additions, such as the lines on the front grille, directly reference series icons, such as the 1968 model. Even the color of the paint.

Subtle exterior with a minimalist but modern interior

Dodge has chosen a driver-focused interior with numerous modern conveniences. A 12.3-inch screen angled toward the driver is at the heart of it all. The 16-instrument cluster works in tandem with this to wrap around the driver and give the car’s main seat a cockpit-like feel. The floor of the car is made of carbon fiber and features circuit-like graphics. A waterline of blue and silver accent stitching wraps around the car, while the mid bolster, console, door, and seats are all UV-colored. Despite the fact that modernity has found a home inside the Daytona’s cabin, there are still strong references to the past and present.

Dodge has chosen a driver-focused interior with numerous modern conveniences. A 12.3-inch screen angled toward the driver is at the heart of it all. The 16-instrument cluster works in tandem with this to wrap around the driver and give the car’s main seat a cockpit-like feel. The floor of the car is made of carbon fiber and features circuit-like graphics. A waterline of blue and silver accent stitching wraps around the car, while the mid bolster, console, door, and seats are all UV-colored. Despite the fact that modernity has found a home inside the Daytona’s cabin, there are still strong references to the past and present.

The panoramic glass roof enhances the experience for passengers in the back seats — unless you prefer to fold them down and take advantage of the sedan’s impressive storage capacity. The whole thing is wrapped in a new “highly functional” hatchback design and rides on “painted-pocket 21-inch wheels,” according to Dodge. The vehicle’s unique features reflect the odd mix of past and future.

Three new systems give a glimpse into the future

Three new patented features give the Daytona SRT an advantage. According to the automaker, the e-Rupt multi-speed transmission system provides a “electro-mechanical shifting experience that is pure Dodge.” The new transmission features a PowerShot boost system, which is also found in the hybrid versions of the upcoming Dodge Hornet. You can get a bit more horsepower and torque by pressing a button on the steering wheel — it’s for when you need to power past something on the highway, or if you need to take off from a stop fast enough to tear a small hole in the fabric of time and space.

The “R-Wing” is a new aerodynamic pass-through feature that gives the concept a performance boost while connecting it to its NASCAR record-breaking ancestor. The Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust is also available for muscle car enthusiasts who are concerned that switching to electric will save someone in their vicinity’s eardrums. It’s a first in the industry, and it’s as loud as a Hellcat at 127 decibels, so even if you’re powered by a battery, people will hear your muscle car approaching. The system is a patented, first-in-industry feature. Sound is generated electronically and then routed through an amplifier and “tuning chamber.” It is then blasted out the back end of the car, recreating the muscle car audio experience without any of the emissions.

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The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT is just a concept, so while the noise both Dodge and its car make is impressive, you won’t be able to buy one. However, most, if not all, of its features are likely to appear in Dodge’s first commercially released EV, which is set to arrive in 2024.

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