Dodge Charger Daytona EV Magnum: America’s First All-Electric Car?

2022 saw the first all-electric Muscle car. It came from cleverness and it’s called the Charger Daytona EV. Despite the controversial reception, mainly by die-hard MOPAR enthusiasts, it could be how EVs get more exciting. That said, it didn’t take long for people to start reimagining Dodge’s e-Muscle in ways that would bring back other iconic nameplates, and the Magnum is certainly one of them. We know Dodge is cooking up a RAM EV truck too, but that’s still two years away. While we haven’t heard anything about a new Magnum yet, there are a few good reasons why Dodge is considering an EV successor.

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An all-American EV Muscle Car for the family

2023 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Shooting Brake
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a close up rear 3/4 view of a 2023 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Shooting Brake by TheSketchMonkey

Whether you’re against electrification or embracing it, you have to admit that the Dodge Charger Daytona EV is one of the coolest all-electric vehicles among recent debuts. With a 2+2 coupe layout and a large hatchback, which means it’s a lot of practicality. Our sister site, HotCars wrote about a digital incarnation of the EV Muscle car with a station wagon body style similar to the Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300C Touring.

Everyone loves fast station wagons, as proven by Audi’s Avant range, which started with the Porsche-built RS2. Like most iconic Chrysler and Dodge names, the Magnum nameplate has been around since 1978. There were also Brazilian and Mexican versions of the car that were quite different from the American and Canadian Magnums. The latest version of the Magnum was produced between 2004 and 2008 and, like other full-size Chrysler products of the time, was supported by the LX platform.

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A Shooting Brake Magnum?

We’re no strangers to seeing “what if” conversions done by graphic designers. The Dodge Charger in particular has been the subject of many digital conversions since then. Unlike the Magnum, the sedan was not discontinued in 2008. Now the torch has been picked up by the all-electric Charger Daytona, and digital artists jlord8 and TheSketchMonkey have already taken to town on the electric coupe. While jlord8 has gone for a traditional four-door station wagon design, the other design has gone for a shooting brake design while retaining the second/three door format and factory wheelbase.

A new Magnum would be an all-electric all-rounder

2008 Dodge Magnum SRT8
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a front 3/4 studio shot from the height of a red 2008 Dodge Magnum SRT8

When the 2004 Magnum came out, it managed to combine V-8 power with Muscle car vibes, a luxurious and spacious interior and station wagon functionality. Although it was not Chrysler’s most successful product, it was good enough to achieve 40,000 sales per year throughout its production cycle. In addition, it was voted the best new modern Muscle car by the Canadians in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year competition. With a 6.1-liter (370 cu-in) Hemi V-8 under the hood, with a power output from 425 horsepower (317 kilowatts) and 420 pound-feet (569 Nm), the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) was sent up to a top speed of 170 mph (273 km/h) in 4.8 seconds.

The STLA skateboard platform has a lot of potential, as proven by the Charger Daytona EV. A four-door wagon/shooting brake model based on the same chassis sounds like the ultimate family car of the future. We currently know three different power ratings for the 2023 Dodge Charger Daytona EV.

The former comes with 456 horsepower (340 kilowatts), but e-Stage 1 and e-Stage 2 upgrades are available. They produced 496 and 536 hp (370 and 400 kilowatts), respectively. A 440-badged variant with 590 horsepower (440 kilowatts) is also available and can be boosted to 630 or 670 horsepower via an over-the-air update process.

We also know that a good performance version is on the way, which would be the EV equivalent of the Hellcat models. Those numbers are solid enough to provide plenty of performance and would also make a revived Magnum EV the ultimate family muscle car.

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Easier transition to electrification

1969 Dodge Charger R/T and 2023 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT
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a side profile comparison between the 1969 Dodge Charger R/T and the 2023 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT by TheSketchMonkey

Given Chrysler’s rich history of making brash, tire-busting V-8-powered Muscle cars, the mixed reception of Dodge’s e-Muscle car isn’t surprising. That said, a station wagon variant of the Charger Daytona EV sold under the Magnum name would ease the transition. While MOPAR enthusiasts are adamant that the combustion-powered V-8 models are much more exciting and true to Muscle car roots, a more practical version could serve as a fast family car with some of that Muscle car heritage instilled. . . In addition, the 2024 Charger Daytona is a good all-rounder.

These aren’t the best times to be a car enthusiast and Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis admits that himself. “We have not asked for the rules to be changed. “We didn’t want them to change, but they did. And we can try to outrun them, but that could be a nine-second pass that goes straight to extinction,” said Tim Kuniskis at the unveiling of the 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona EV.

This means that if there is a demand for a slimmer, sportier version, an EV revival of the Viper could be requested. At the other end of the spectrum, a station wagon version – such as the Magnum – would be a more practical offering. This, along with the upcoming RAM EV truck, would make for a nearly complete Dodge EV lineup. And while some die-hard MOPAR enthusiasts would rather shoot themselves in the head than drive an electric car, it’s good to know that the folks at Dodge are trying to stick with what makes MOPARs so great.

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