Last August, Dodge gave the world the first knowledge of the brand’s future as a supplier of e-Muscle cars with the debut of the Charger Daytona SRT concept. The electric muscle car received a lot of attention because it was the first electric vehicle with an exhaust system, or at least a sound generator labeled as an exhaust. The production version of the Charger Daytona won’t arrive until 2024, which means Dodge still has time to fine-tune exactly how it will sound. This week at the annual Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Dodge will showcase an updated version of the concept and hold consumer clinics on the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust.
Visually, the biggest change to the concept is a shift from dark gray to a much bolder Stryker Red. This is a red three-layer finish last seen on the Dodge Viper in mid-2010. The shape of the vehicle on display in Las Vegas is intended to be representative of the high-performance Banshee powertrain with the Phase 2 Direct Connection power upgrades. As such, the car has corresponding fender decals and 18-inch carbon fiber wheels from Direct Connection, shod with 305mm wide radial drag.
For now, Dodge is still not saying how much power and torque the 800V Banshee system will produce or how much the 2 Direct Connection packages will upgrade it. However, we now have some information on the output of the base and mid-level powertrains that use a 400V architecture.
The base loader starts at 455 horsepower and the stage 1 upgrade increases it to 495 horsepower, while stage 2 goes to 535 horsepower. The mid-level system starts at 590 horsepower and goes up to 630 or 670 horsepower with Direct Connection upgrades. The upgrades are made possible by a special crystal key that the driver can connect to the dashboard. In addition to the Stryker Red show car, a video wall is planned with nine different colors for each of the power levels.
Recently, Dodge brand chief Tim Kuniskis acknowledged that work on the Fratzonic exhaust was not yet complete and that videos shot at the unveiling didn’t really represent the full impact of the system. As part of the ongoing development process, visitors to the SEMA show will have the opportunity to participate in clinics at the Dodge booth to provide feedback on the system’s tuning. Since sound is considered an important part of muscle car appeal, Dodge really wants to get this part right.
Until and probably even after the new Dodge electric range arrives, the brand will still offer powerful combustion crate engines for those looking to build custom muscle machines. There are now four Hellephant crate engines with a pair of aluminum block 7.0 liter variants of 1,000 and 1,100 hp and two 6.2 liter iron block engines of 900 and 1,000 hp.
Dodge is also launching the new HurriCrate engine family, based on the 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six Hurricane engine now launched in the Wagoneer. The HurriCrate Cat 1 is basically the stock Wagoneer engine with 420 horsepower, while the Cat 3 has been upgraded to 550 horsepower. Full specs and pricing for all new crate motors will be available in early 2023.