Shortly after the formal announcement that 2023 would be the last year for its Charger and Challenger models, Dodge pulled the wraps off its all-electric musclecar concept, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT.
Dubbed the “future of electrified muscle,” Dodge says this electric vehicle concept is driven by a new 800 volt “Banshee propulsion system.” (That’s the top-dog performance trim, but Dodge also alludes to several other power levels becoming available too.)
And while Dodge was mum on any precise performance numbers, the teaser video showed us (again) that it can do a four-wheel burnout, indicating that this sucker is all-wheel drive.
What we can say for sure though, is Dodge definitely got the look right.
It’s a two-door coupe with plenty of nods to Dodge Chargers of yesteryear, right down to the old-school Fratzog emblem tucked into its squared-off grille. But look closely and you’ll notice that it isn’t really a grille at all, rather a front spoiler/wing/splitter combo that channels air over the hood, something Dodge is calling the “R-Wing.”
In fact, beyond the all-electric drivetrain, the concept is filled with aerodynamic enhancements, with a goal of making it 25% more slippery than the outgoing Charger Widebody. That’s why Dodge felt the name “Charger Daytona” was an appropriate callback to its original Wing Car from the NASCAR Aero Wars.
Wait, It Has an Exhaust System?
Only the delightfully mad scientists at Dodge would figure out a way to give an EV an exhaust system—the “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust,” to be precise.
Dodge didn’t delve into many details on this patent-pending setup, only to say that it “voices a 126 dB roar that equals the SRT Hellcat.”
So yeah, its going to be plenty loud enough.
And It Shifts Too?
One of the aspects that a lot of gearheads like in a performance car is the feel of traditional shift points—which is something you typically won’t get in an electric vehicle.
Well, Dodge may have solved that with its “eRupt” system.
In the press release, Dodge describes eRupt as a “multi-speed transmission with an electro-mechanical shifting experience that’s pure Dodge.” While it may not be an A-833 four-speed, we’re optimistic that Dodge knows how to give drivers a good time.
And this’ll sound familiar to Indycar fans: there’s a “PowerShot” Push-to-Pass button on the Charger Daytona SRT’s steering wheel.
When you mash the PowerShot button, you’ll be greeted by a momentary horsepower increase that delivers a quick burst of acceleration. (Sadly, there was no mention of a simultaneous Waylon Jennings narration feature.)
Watch Now: The Charger Daytona SRT Concept Reveal
Lest you think this eMuscle machine exists only as a computer render or as a mere body riding on a skateboard test platform, Dodge revealed the real thing during its Speed Week festivities. Watch the whole unveiling below, and you’ll here some of that Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust magic too: