Here’s what you need to know about the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept brings much-needed power to the electric car market, and we can’t wait to see it on the road.


Most automakers are now betting all-in on an electrified future. Given the passage of time, this will most likely pay off as technology and infrastructure improve. But electrification doesn’t seem to fit the personality of every car brand out there.


Cleverness is one of those brands. Their entire brand identity today is based on loud V8 engines and insane power. Electric powertrains can provide the absurd power, but they can’t provide the character that a good V8 brings. At least we used to think that Dodge and EVs were mutually exclusive. But Dodge has proven the world wrong with the new Charger Daytona SRT Concept. This previews what will be Dodge’s first all-electric vehicle, and successfully preserves what makes Dodge so special.

A new era of muscle cars is upon us. Here’s everything you need to know about Dodge’s latest concept.

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The Dodge Charger Daytona Concept is all about making electric vehicles bold and muscular

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Electric cars have been cool for a while, but none have ventured into the realm of being brash and muscular like most of Dodge’s current vehicles. The Charger Daytona changes that with a host of new features, and uniquely it has a “real” exhaust system. Since electric vehicles don’t actually need an exhaust, this is just for the sound. The system can tune and amplify the sound the electric motors make and then send it to the rear. Dodge even claims it’s as loud as a Hellcat. We will certainly take this from the purely artificial sound that some car manufacturers pump through the speakers of their electric cars.

Dodge also doesn’t make the Charger concept look like it compromises all style for the best possible aerodynamics. This concept is very similar to the original two-door Charger from the 1970s. This design in electric form is made possible by some aerodynamic ingenuity in the front of the vehicle. Dodge calls it “the R-Wing” and allows air to flow more efficiently through the front and into the car.

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The Charger Daytona SRT Concept brings next level performance

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Dodge has made ripples in the performance sector with the supercharged Hellcat engine, and now it’s promising great things with the Banshee trim, the highest trim level available and the best possible performance. No specific numbers are available yet, but it is intended to outperform the Hellcat drivetrain in every way.

We can only hope that these Banshee performance specs blow the Hellcat out of the water. Other tricks the Banshee has up its sleeve include a mechanical shifting transmission and a system that temporarily gives you an extra boost.

What the Charger Daytona SRT Concept Means for Dodge

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The Charger Daytona SRT Concept ushers in a new era for Dodge. This is quite a transition considering that Dodge has essentially been saved by the internal combustion engine V8 over the past decade. Before that, Dodge was essentially only known for its range of cheaply built vehicles that saturated rental car lots. When they reduced their lineup to focus solely on muscle-oriented vehicles, they quickly gained traction within the enthusiast community. The V8 was literally the savior for Dodge and is now officially retired.

The real question remains whether the Charger Daytona will be able to keep the enthusiasm alive among Dodge loyalists. Previously we thought that a bunch of batteries is a long way from a fossil fuel burning internal combustion engine screaming a glorious exhaust note. If Dodge pulls this off, this pivot to electrified performance will be the automotive industry’s achievement of the century.

With the unique technological features Dodge is projecting into this concept, there is some reason to hope that they can actually retain the attractive aspects of an ICE muscle car in an all-electric vehicle. This vehicle is driven a lot because there is no going back to the V8 once it’s gone. This is a defining moment for Dodge and its future as an authority on muscle cars in the future.

Dodge has been the master of the V8 for quite some time, but they need to learn some new tricks. To our surprise, it looks like they’ve turned off this whole electric vehicle thing. Now we should see the production version come to fruition in the near future.

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