Dodge’s portfolio of performance parts, or Dodge Direct Connection as it’s called, revealed an idea of what to expect for six of the nine power levels in its upcoming EV muscle car set that goes into production in 2024.
The legendary muscle car goes all-electric as Stellantis-owned Dodge enters a new era of performance.
It’s no secret that electric vehicles can burn rubber better than their gas-powered counterparts, with instant acceleration and superior performance. For example, in August, Kia released its EV6 GT with 576 horsepower, beating a Ferrari Roma and Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder in a race.
With plans to retire the fan-favorite gas-powered Charger and Challenger in 2024, Dodge is setting its sights on a cleaner, but more exciting, future.
Dodge gave us a glimpse of what the future of muscle looks like in August, with the unveiling of its highly anticipated muscle EV (“the world’s first electric muscle car in the world”), the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT “Banshee” concept.
Known for its iconic muscle cars, the automaker strives for the “Banshee” brand to promote the same sense of performance for drivers as the timeless Hemi, Hellcat and Redeye.
Dodge unveiled a few unique features to attract muscle car enthusiasts, such as exhaust sounds and eRupt transmission that give you that “jerky” feel of an acceleration. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT features an aerodynamic design with the authentic muscle car look.
Until now, Dodge has been relatively secretive about what kind of performance we can expect from its EV muscle car, other than letting us know that it will be powered by its 800V all-wheel drive “Banshee” drivetrain.
Dodge reveals performance updates for its EV muscle car
According to a report from The Detroit News, Stellantis’ performance brand has announced three base options for its Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept.
To increase the power of its electric muscle car, each base option has two eStage kits designed to take performance to the next level. Drivers can unlock the upgrades via a radio frequency controlled “crystal” key that plugs into the dashboard.
The electric muscle car will be mounted on the large STLA platform, one of four platforms unveiled by Stellantis targeting EVs.
The first two base models have a 400V drive system. According to the post, the base 340 kW model will have 455 horsepower. However, Dodge’s Direct Connection kits can deliver higher performance with 370 kW and 496 hp in the first stage or 400 kW and 535 hp in the second.
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis claims:
Where some people stop, we start.
To back up its claim, the next trim option starts at 440 kW and 590 hp, which can deliver up to 470 kW with 630 hp or 500 kW with 670 hp with eStage kits.
Meanwhile, Dodge is keeping its top trim level, the details of the 800V banshee system, hidden for now.
Honestly, I can’t wait to see Dodge’s electric muscle car come to life, and it seems I’m not alone. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV was spotted on the set of the new Fast and Furious (you can watch the video on YouTube here).
If it’s good enough for Vin Diesel to save the world, I think muscle car fans will enjoy it too. In all seriousness, the concept looks incredible, and performance-wise it doesn’t seem to disappoint.
As for fake exhaust noises, I don’t think it will be necessary to convert the muscle drivers. Once you feel the instant torque of an EV, you’ll never want to go back.
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