Direct connection from Dodge boosts horsepower for EVs, muscle cars at SEMA

Dodge’s Direct Connection aftersales program boosts horsepower for its traditional muscle cars — as well as future all-electric models.

Performance brand Stellaantis NV gave an idea of ​​six of the nine power levels it will offer on its battery-electric muscle car due to launch in 2024 and unveiled the new Hellephant and HurriCrate engine series at Tuesday’s Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. through Friday runs in Las Vegas. The display is a clash of heritage and the future as Dodge strives to keep enthusiasts excited as they move towards its electrified vision.

Dodge unveiled a look at that destination in August: the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept. At the time, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said the production muscle car will have three base models, each with two available eStage kits to boost power.

The vehicle is based on the STLA Large platform that can support multiple powertrains. The first two base models will have a 400 volt system. The basic equipment of 340 kilowatts provides 455 horsepower. The Direction Connection kits would push that up to 370 kilowatts with 495 horsepower and 400 kilowatts with 535 horsepower.

“Where some people stop,” Kuniskis said, “we’ll start.”

The next trim-up starts at 440 kilowatts with 590 horsepower. That increases to 470 kilowatts with 630 hp in the first stage and 500 kilowatts with 670 hp in the second. The top cladding will be an 800-volt Banshee system and the company is waiting to share details on the output.

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