Dodge unveils electric muscle car concept Charger Daytona SRT

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept car


DETROIT — Dodge on Wednesday unveiled a brand new concept car referred to as the Charger Daytona SRT as a preview of its first all-electric muscle car, anticipated in 2024.

The two-door coupe is the primary have a look at what the forthcoming automobile, which is able to exchange Dodge’s present gas-powered Challenger and Charger muscle vehicles, is predicted to appear like. The car additionally options a number of new applied sciences meant to make it really feel and drive like a standard muscle car.

“This car, we believe, will redefine American muscle,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, who’s identified for over-the-top autos such because the model’s 700-plus horsepower Hellcat fashions, mentioned throughout a media briefing.

The concept automobile seems to be like a futuristic, but retro, model of the present Dodge Challenger with a extra aerodynamic, however muscular, design. Most notably, the entrance finish options a big opening for air to move by, which the corporate is asking a “R-Wing.”

The “R-Wing” of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept car encompasses a Fratzog brand in the midst of it.


The entrance wing in addition to the automobile’s “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust” and “eRupt” multispeed transmission – names becoming for “Back to the Future” films – are patent pending, based on the corporate.

The multispeed transmission and exhaust are particularly distinctive, since electric autos drive in just one “gear” and are comparatively silent other than required security noises.

‘Not a science challenge’

Automakers routinely use concept autos to gauge buyer curiosity or present the long run course of a automobile or model. The autos are usually not meant to be bought to customers.

However, Kuniskis says most of the Charger Daytona SRT’s applied sciences and design parts are anticipated to make it right into a manufacturing automobile.

“This is not a science project,” he mentioned. “It looks like a Dodge, sounds like a Dodge and drives like a Dodge.”

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept car


Kuniskis mentioned the 2024 manufacturing electric muscle car is predicted to launch with three completely different efficiency ranges however ultimately develop to 9. The concept car options an 800-volt “Banshee” propulsion system.

Dodge declined to launch anticipated efficiency metrics for the concept car or the yet-to-be-named manufacturing muscle car.

The forthcoming EV in 2024 will exchange Dodge’s gas-powered Charger and Challenger muscle vehicles, which the automaker on Monday mentioned can be discontinued on the finish of 2023.

New tech

The car’s patent pending applied sciences are supposed to retain the sound and driving traits of Dodge’s present gas-powered Charger and Challenger for any forthcoming all-electric muscle vehicles, based on Kuniskis.

While EVs might be quick with a “linear acceleration” that produces astonishing 0-60 mph occasions, they usually lack the driving dynamics that many efficiency car house owners take pleasure in. It’s an issue auto executives have privately been trying to unravel because the business transitions to EVs.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept car


“We said, ‘OK, if it’s going to happen, let’s do it like Dodge,'” Kuniskis mentioned. “We’re not going to go there and do the same thing. Dodge is going to get lost if we try to do the same thing as everybody else.”

The exhaust system on the concept Charger, which Kuniskis mentioned is as loud as a Hellcat engine, pushes sound by an amplifier and tuning chamber situated on the rear of the automobile. He in contrast it to a wind organ with chambers and pipes.

The eRupt expertise, he mentioned, is a multispeed transmission “with electro-mechanical shifting” that “delivers distinctive shift points” like as we speak’s muscle and efficiency vehicles.

The improvements might assist Dodge retain its efficiency traits in addition to its patrons, who’ve purchased tens of millions of Challengers and Chargers through the years, based on Stephanie Brinley, principal analyst at S&P Global.

“It is exactly what you would expect a Dodge EV two-door to be,” she mentioned. “It looks the part, it sounds the part and it’s pretty exciting.”

Heritage cues

Much of the concept automobile was impressed by Stellantis-owned Dodge’s historical past, based on officers. The title itself — Charger Daytona SRT — is made up of nomenclatures Dodge has generally used.

The “R-Wing” was impressed by the “nose cone” entrance finish of the 1969-1970 Charger Daytona. And whereas as we speak’s Charger is a four-door automobile, the unique generations starting within the Nineteen Sixties have been two-door, just like the concept.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept car


The “Fratzonic” exhaust is a reference to a brand Dodge used from 1962 by 1976 referred to as the “Fratzog,” — a phrase made up by a designer. It encompasses a break up deltoid fabricated from three arrowhead shapes that type a three-pointed star.

Kuniskis mentioned among the design parts and applied sciences are anticipated to impression the electric vary of the autos, but it surely’s not one thing Dodge is essentially fearful about.

“Don’t care; it’s badass … it’s a muscle car,” Kuniskis mentioned.  


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