Introducing the All-Electric Dodge Charger: Will the Muscle Car Legacy Survive the Age of Electrification?
Since its inception in 1966, Dodge’s iconic muscle car, the Charger, has undergone significant transformations to cater to evolving market trends and driver expectations. Now, Dodge is gearing up to launch the all-electric Dodge Charger, known as the Daytona, to provide its own response to the pressing question of whether traditional muscle cars can thrive in the era of electrification.
Dodge has been fairly tight-lipped about specific details regarding the electric Charger, opting to share only glimpses of production-ready concepts like the Charger Daytona SRT Concept Stryker Red, which was unveiled at the 2022 SEMA show. Despite the limited information, we can still gather some insights about what to anticipate from this new electric vehicle.
The electric Charger will offer two power options for its 400-volt powertrain. The 340kW version is expected to deliver 455 horsepower, while the 440kW option will pack a punch with 590 horsepower. Additionally, Dodge is planning an 800-volt SRT Banshee powertrain package, although specifics about this variant are currently undisclosed. It is speculated that this line will serve as the electric successor to the existing Hellcat series.
In addition, the new Charger lineup will feature Direct Connection Stage 1 and Stage 2 upgrades. These upgrades will empower the 340kW version to reach up to 400kW (535 horsepower) and the 440kW version to achieve up to 500kW (670 horsepower). Details regarding the 800-volt version enhancements are yet to be revealed. These upgrades will be available for purchase over the air, with Dodge providing fender badges after ordering.
Furthermore, the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept showcased an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that will be available across the entire lineup and standard in the less powerful models. Dodge will also equip the Charger Daytona with various driving modes, including Slam, Drift, Drag, and Donut modes, promising an exhilarating driving experience.
One concern often associated with electric vehicles is their notably quiet operation, which is not typically desirable in a muscle car. Dodge plans to address this by incorporating a system known as the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, designed to mimic the thunderous roar of a large gasoline-powered engine. This system includes an amplifier and a tuning chamber mounted at the rear of the car, capable of producing an ear-shattering 126 decibels.
As for the aesthetics, the new electric Charger is expected to retain the characteristic design elements that have defined the Charger throughout its history. Anticipate a muscular, two-door car constructed on Stellantis’ innovative STLA Large platform. Setting it apart from many current electric vehicles, the Daytona SRT concept flaunts a boxy appearance. The front end showcases an aerodynamic R-Wing and a curved LED light bar. Additionally, 21-inch turbine-style wheels contribute to its imposing presence.
Moving inside, the concept’s interior boasts a 12.3-inch touch screen and a 16-inch digital instrument cluster, showcasing Dodge’s commitment to cutting-edge technology. Other notable features include a sophisticated lighting system, carbon fiber details, and a panoramic glass roof. It remains to be seen which of these luxurious details will make it into the production version of the vehicle.
Concrete figures regarding driving range are yet to be provided by Dodge. However, the STLA platform being utilized for the electric Charger suggests battery sizes ranging from 101-118 kWh, potentially offering an impressive range of up to 500 miles.
Enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the arrival of the new Dodge Charger Daytona, projected to hit dealership lots next year. Simultaneously, the gasoline-powered Charger is expected to retire after the 2023 model year. Pricing details have not been disclosed by Dodge as of yet. Although the current gasoline model starts at $34,730, it is anticipated that the electric version will bear a higher price tag.
As the automotive industry accelerates towards electrification, Dodge is poised to make a bold statement with the all-electric Charger Daytona. This forthcoming release stands as a testament to Dodge’s commitment to preserving the legacy of the iconic muscle car while embracing the inevitable shift towards electric powertrains. Stay tuned for further updates on this electrifying addition to the Charger lineup.