The future of muscle cars is here, in the form of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept and it’s looking good and totally different at the same time.
Unveiled during the third day of the Dodge Speedweek event in Pontiac, Michigan, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is unlike any other Dodge before it and reveals a new electric powertrain dubbed the Banshee. Dodge says this powertrain serves as the new pinnacle of performance in the Brotherhood of Muscle, bypassing the Hemi, Hellcat and Redeye engines.
Oddly enough, Dodge hasn’t yet determined how much horsepower and torque the Banshee powertrain provides. What I’ve confirmed is that it’s an 800v system and delivers performance that’s far superior to an SRT Hellcat engine. In fact, Dodge says its first electric car is faster than the Hellcat in all key performance metrics, and no doubt comes with all-wheel drive as standard.
The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is also unique in that it uses the automaker’s new multi-speed eRupt transmission with electromechanical paddle shifters that should help emulate some of the driver engagement that classic car enthusiasts crave. The push-to-pass PowerShot feature that increases horsepower for a quick burst of acceleration is also designed for this concept.
Then there is the sound. In the lead up to the car’s release, Stellantis promised it would make a “shocking” sound. It has now been confirmed that it has developed a patent-pending Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust exhaust system for the Daytona SRT Hellcat that produces a 126 dB roar, equivalent to that of the SRT Hellcat. This system consists of an amplifier and a tuning compartment located at the rear of the vehicle and providing a “Dark Matter” acoustic profile that works in conjunction with the eRupt transmission.
Concept design is also quite a thing. While Dodge could easily have fallen into the trap of developing a futuristic-looking electric vehicle, it instead paid tribute to the original Charger Daytona’s design.
An essential part of the car’s design is the R wing that defines the front end. The R wing allows air to flow through the front opening of the vehicle, increasing the downforce. The front fascia also catches the eye with illuminated lighting around the grille and an illuminated Fratzog badge first used by Dodge models in the 1960s and 1970s.
Dodge also created an intriguing interior for the Charger Daytona SRT Concept. At the heart of the driver-centric cockpit is a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen and a 16-inch digital instrument cluster. The concept is also equipped with a large on-glass display and illusion lighting for ambient mode adjustment.
The sculpted design theme continues across the carbon fiber-backed front and rear seats, as well as the flat-topped steering wheel and flat bottom. A scroll area has also been incorporated under the console while the pistol-grip transmission evokes memories of classic muscle cars. The panoramic glass roof adds a unique feel to the concept cabin.
“The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept exists because performance made us do it,” Dodge Brand CEO Tim Kuniskis described in a statement. “Dodge is all about power, attitude and performance, and the brand is carrying this chip on its shoulder and in the electric vehicle (BEV) segment with a concept packed with patents, innovations and convenience features that embody the electric power of tomorrow. The Charger Daytona SRT Concept can do more than just power the motor show circuit It can run a glowing quarter mile. And when it comes to product cycles, it beats the Darwin. Not only is the Charger Daytona setting where Dodge is headed, it will redefine American muscle in the process.”
The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is expected to produce a production version for 2024, but Dodge has yet to confirm that.