The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept represents a giant step forward on the American performance brand’s path to an electrified future by offering a concept that redefines what a muscle car can be.
While we all got our first look at the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept at its August unveiling at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, Dodge shows us another look at its conceptual future ‘e-muscle’ car at Specialty Equipment Market Association in 2022. (SEMA) Show this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The SEMA Show is one of the great gatherings of performance culture, and Dodge won’t back down as we develop the next-generation muscle car—one that just happens to be all-electric,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge CEO. . “Technology is moving forward and the customizers and tuners are moving with it. We show how old-school hot-rodding will thrive in an electrified muscle car future.”
Strikingly good appearance –
The first thing people will notice is the color of the exterior. Gone is the ‘Greys of Thunder’ exterior color of the past, in favor of a nice familiar color: Stryker Red. Stryker Red was first used on the 2013 SRT Viper GTS Coupe and now Dodge had brought back the color for the SRT Banshee.
The color was chosen as a way for Dodge to help introduce the new Direct Connection eStage performance upgrades to its future e-muscle car lineup. In addition to the new exterior color, a new set of conceptual 18-inch lightweight carbon fiber wheels from Direct Connection was also added. The wheels feature central locking with aluminum center sections and titanium bolts, and are wrapped with 305mm of radial resistance on all four corners.
More power –
Dodge will use a video display wall at SEMA to show off a variety of Charger Daytona SRT colors, wheel designs and performance configurations, illustrating the visual and performance customization Dodge looks to be bringing to the electric car segment.
A total of 9 unique exterior colours, 9 different wheel combinations and 9 different power levels are shown on the display.
In typical Dodge fashion, they’re not ready to unveil the powerful 800-volt Banshee outlets yet. Instead, however, they give us our first look at the next-generation e-muscle car’s standard 400-volt system and their Direct Connection eStage output numbers for them.
From the factory, the next-generation 400-volt Dodge Charger and Challenger will have two available power outputs. Like its internal combustion engines (ICEs) of the past, Dodge calls the entry-level power “340” due to the total power output of 340 kW (455 hp). Its mid-range cars will carry the “440” designation due to the factory output of 440 kW (590 hp). In addition to these numbers, Direct Connection offers two additional performance upgrades for both outputs.
- 340 base – 340 kW or 455 hp
- Direct connection eStage 1 upgrade – 370 kW or 495 hp
- Direct connection eStage 2 upgrade – 400 kW or 535 hp
- 440 base – 440 kW or 590 hp
- Direct connection eStage 1 upgrade – 470 kW or 630 hp
- Direct connection eStage 2 upgrade – 500 kW or 670 hp
To unlock the extra power, customers can download and install an over-the-air (OTA) software update through their Dodge Power Broker dealer. This can be done before delivery or throughout the vehicle’s life. Customers also receive a ‘crystal key’ that can be inserted into the dashboard to verify the upgrades.
Feedback from the people –
Dodge also informed us that it will be holding consumer clinics at the SEMA Show to get important feedback from fans and others in the industry regarding the new patent-pending Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, the world’s first battery-electric vehicle ( BV) exhaust system.
The chambered exhaust system received positive but much negative press during the car’s unveiling in Pontiac. Dodge hopes getting the opinion of those in the performance aftermarket world will help them refine and create a unique sound signature for the new e-muscle cars.
The participants will have the opportunity to evaluate and rank unique tuning versions of the exhaust note of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept.
Overall, the second version of the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee looks promising. We are impressed that Dodge continues to reach its customer base and the aftermarket by providing situations to its next-gen buyers. We like that Dodge continues to innovate and look for other ways to enable customers to personalize their electric cars.
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