Meet the Dodge Daytona SRT Banshee concept, a preview of Dodge’s electric muscle future

Pontiac – When Hellcats growl, the Banshee howls.

At least the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee electric muscle car concept does. It is the formal introduction for Stellantis NV brand enthusiasts to the vision for the flagship version of Dodge’s battery-electric muscle car to enter production in 2024 after the Challenger and Charger, as they are known, disappear after 2023.

Muscle has defined Dodge’s performance image. While EVs have proven to be fast and able to provide maximum torque instantly, there is skepticism among muscle fans, especially lovers of the roar of a supercharged V-8. As government regulations demand better fuel economy and cleaner vehicles, Dodge needs to turn it around while finding a way to stay true to what its enthusiasts adore and differentiate itself from the competition.

The Daytona SRT Banshee concept vehicle is unveiled at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.  Dodge envisions the vehicle as the future of electrified muscles.

“We can watch streaming videos at home and say we’re not going to be a part of it,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said of the electric shift ahead of the vehicle’s unveiling during the third and final day of the “Speed”. ​Week” of the brand. festivities at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac. “The party is on. The band is booked. This thing happens, so we said, ‘Okay, if it’s going to happen, let’s go to it like Dodge. Let’s crash this party and do it differently from everyone else.'”

The 800-volt Banshee propulsion system powers the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept car.

Forget silent EVs. Dodge chose the name Banshee based on the sound of its production patented “Fratzonic” exhaust system, an exhaust system that, instead of expelling pollutants, moves air through an amplifier and tuning chamber like a pipe organ. Through an exhaust pipe, the system projects a sinister growl and buzzing scream at 126 decibels at revs—as loud as the Hellcat’s vroom.

“We think we’re going to be part of the market that people probably don’t see coming,” Kuniskis said, “but they’re definitely going to hear it coming.”

Like the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron, the Banshee has a transmission, a patented “eRupt” multi-speed system with electro-mechanical shifting. And to achieve a 25% improvement in today’s vehicle aerodynamics, Dodge took from the history books the nose cone design of the Charger Daytona, which in 1970 was the first vehicle to break 200 mph on a NASCAR track, making it was banned.

The Banshee adds an “R-Wing” (patent pending) to the front of the vehicle in honor of Gary Romberg, the rocket scientist who designed the ’70s racer, to make it look like a more traditional muscle car.

Paying homage to the design of the 1970 Charger Daytona, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept's R-Wing allows air to flow through the front vent for improved aerodynamics.

It’s a long, low two-door Charger – not the four doors of the current Charger – with a new large hatch in a “Greys of Thunder” exterior paint. As previously teased, the Banshee marks the return of Dodge’s ’60s and ’70s Fratzog logo illuminated on the ’68 Charger-inspired grille and taillamp. Carbon fiber intakes at the front and rear at the bottom also help with aerodynamics. There’s no frunk on this EV.

“It looks like a real muscle car, aerodynamically like a full BEV,” Kuniskis said, “but not melted jellybean.”

Both the front and rear lights of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept feature a full-width design centered by a 3D illuminated Fratzog badge.

Lenny Melton, 44, of Charlotte, North Carolina, who’s in town for Roadkill Nights and the Woodward Dream Cruise, agreed: “It’s great,” he said. “It looks like a muscle car should look.”

Dodge is keeping the performance figures a secret, though it says they outperform the Hellcat engine. There were no details on the range or time from 0 to 60 mph, and little information on the battery. The Banshee is an 800-volt propulsion system, though Dodge plans to offer three power levels, including a 400-volt option, Kuniskis said.

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