Why the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT is a great step into the era of electrified Muscle Cars

It seems that the US car industry is the only one that is serious about putting the real driving pleasure in electric cars. Jeep has done it with the Wrangler Magneto concept that kept the frame, axles and everything else that made a Wrangler great, but ditched the engine for an electric powerplant – the best of both worlds. Now it’s Dodge’s turn with its Dodge Charger Daytona SRT. It should be an EV unlike any other EV; the Dodge way – loud and in your face.


The Charger SRT brings character back to EVs

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Front view of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept and the Fratzog logo revived for the EV

I’m sure you all know by now the inherent problem with EV driver cars. It’s not about performance, nor how they look or ride. It’s the fact that they have no character. They miss the sound, the vibrations and the raw connection between man and machine. There’s nothing here to give you goosebumps, just loads of power to push you into your seat. Nice, but that’s it. The problem is that with all the rules and regulations enforcing the slow elimination of internal combustion engines, legendary brands like Dodge will have to move from their fire-breathing behemoths. Therefore, the development of new technology that offers similar sensations, but in an environmentally friendly packaging, is the only way forward. This is both good and bad. You see, some of the greatest innovations come in times of desperation, and the muscle car industry as we know it is desperate for a solution. Dodge says its new electric car, the Charger Daytona SRT, looks, sounds and drives like a Dodge, but that seems hard to believe. To achieve this, the engineers have come up with some industry firsts.

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The sound is a step up, but will take some getting used to

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept
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Front three-quarter right-side view of the Charger Daytona SRT concept car displayed at an auto show

The sound of the new vehicle comes from the patented sound chamber. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis stated that this system will give the new generation Charger a noise rating of 126 db – a similar number to that of the current Hellcat. This sound amplifier pushes sound through an amplifier and tuning chamber at the rear of the vehicle. A kind of wind organ with chambers and pipes. The presentation of the concept included a quick drive of the car around the stage. During that ride we got to listen to the sound chamber in action. It’s a step forward; however, it sounds a bit like an electrified V-6 – odd. Frankly, the new Charger Daytona is still in the early stages of development. Until the rollout time arrives, many things can change.

So, Dodge seems to be serious about making the new Daytona sound like a muscle car. What about the driving experience? To this end, the company has patented a second innovation, the “eRupt” multi-speed transmission. This should give that sudden thump in the seat that muscle cars are famous for when shifting gears. It sounds like an interesting concept. To further support this, two paddle shifters are located behind the steering wheel. There’s no information on how many gears the system has or exactly how it will work, but it’s a concept we’d love to see in action. In terms of performance, it was stated that the new vehicle will be much faster than anything in the current Dodge lineup. The Charger Daytona SRT offers 800V drive, a Powershot mode and nine power levels currently under development.

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The Charger SRT Daytona is the most aerodynamic Dodge ever

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Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept

Aerodynamically, the new vehicle will be 25 percent more efficient than previous generations while retaining the classic Dodge muscle car look. As a nod to its predecessors, it also has an R-Wing that looks insanely cool, but also makes the car smoother. The design of the car is great. The front looks bad and the back is much the same story. The side profile is a bit questionable, as the rear roofline and rear end are a little too high overall; however, we do get a huge trunk as an exchange. Dodge has decided to give the new Daytona an AWD system. This will certainly improve performance, but let’s hope that the ability to send 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels is available. Muscle cars must be rear-wheel drive. You know, for tire smoking reasons. We should add that the car is set up to offer a drift mode, drag mode, donut mode and slam mode. This suggests that the AWD system will be configurable.

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The interior is futuristic without losing the Dodge character

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept
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Three-quarter front view of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT in front of a hall

The interior looks complete for a concept car. We get a Lamborghini-inspired flip-start button, driver-facing cockpit, flat-bottom steering wheel, 16-inch instrument cluster, 8.3-inch head-up display and 12.3-inch infotainment screen. On a side note, do you ever wonder how much range EVs would get back if they didn’t have so many screens? Anyway, we’ll see how much it gets into production, but the whole car looks relatively finished.

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Final thoughts

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept
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Side profile and rear view of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept

The Charger Daytona SRT is expected to reach dealers in 2024. It’s an interesting car and one that might bring back some of the character that EVs lack. Dodge engineers deserve a round of applause for being bold enough to give this a try. Let’s just hope it turns out as good as promised.

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