The writing is on the wall, folks! The reign of the combustion engine is coming to an end! As the EV space fills with powerful cars from Porsche, Tesla and others, it’s time to face the brutal reality! Even Dodge has now taken the plunge, which is a hard pill to swallow as it single-handedly maintained the “no replacement for displacement” momentum all these years. Many people who have always favored internal combustion engines are dissatisfied with this shift. However, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis seems unfazed by the scenario and is pretty sure nothing will stop this change. He’s willing to “ruin the party and do it differently than everyone else,” and the Dodge Daytona SRT EV Concept is proof of that. It’s still refreshing to see a CEO who isn’t afraid to take risks and innovate, even under criticism. With such confidence, even purists and Mopar fans who are already skeptical and saddened by the end of ICE-powered cars may need to change their mind about the muscle EV. But there’s also that nudging question: Will the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT survive the market?
The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT is here to electrify the Muscle Car segment
Front three-quarter view of Dodge Charger Daytona SRT in front of a hal
Dodge announced an EV muscle car in the fall of 2021. The automaker said it would ditch the Charger and stop making the combustion engine sedan by 2024. It later presented its first-ever BEV, the Charger Daytona SRT Concept, in August 2022. This is not a half-hearted attempt; Dodge literally gets in with a bang! This insane electric concept features a highly controversial device, among other things; the “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust”, which will produce sounds that rival a surly lion that has just been neutered!
Dodge’s exceptional effort to differentiate itself from the rest of the EV market is working fine. So if you’re hanging on the ICE, this might be your only chance to get that Charger or Challenger. Dodge also nailed the styling with this concept. It looks more like the original Charger than the existing sedan model, which should make nostalgic buyers happy. However, the best and most exciting feature is the working Fratzonic chamber exhaust. While the company hasn’t released much information about this exhaust system yet, it appears that the Fratzonic exhaust delivers the “Dark Matter” performance sound through an amplifier and tuning chamber installed in the back of the car. This process occurs when a sensor detects an increase in the propulsion speed of the electric motors. And to give Mopar fans a powerful, intimidating and physical feeling when they hit the throttle, Dodge says the exhaust makes a performance-related roar of up to 126 decibels that sounds like or maybe even beats the sound of the SRT Hellcat.
Three-quarter right side view of the Charger Daytona SRT concept at an auto show.
The addition of the “Fratzonic chambered exhaust” shows unequivocally that the Dodge is not doing this in a subtle way. This exhaust system gives the vehicle a distinctive subwoofer sound. Also, Dodge plans to build the new Charger Daytona SRT on the powerful SLTA Large platform for BEVs, which should form the basis for future Dodge BEVs. Dodge has also added a PowerShot push-to-pass feature to the Daytona SRT Concept that gives more power for a short time and a quick burst of acceleration when you need more power. If you’re having a nostalgic moment, it’s because it’s the signature Vin Diesel move in his Fast and Furious scenes!
What is the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust?
A red Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is at a car show
There is much controversy and mystery surrounding the chambered exhaust system of the Dodge Fratzonic. The system is probably just an artificial noise maker rather than something more useful. Some Dodge fans may find the artificial performance sound tacky, while others may find it unbelievable. But the EV Dodge makers don’t care, as the idea of artificial noise in electric vehicles is likely to stay. As for the Hellcat’s exhaust note, it’s “artificial,” but it’s also part of its appeal to many buyers. A trumpet, running almost the width of the Charger, was the only sign of the Fratzonic exhaust system, according to the folks at TFL. The system may look like an exhaust, but it is attached to a sound-producing chamber in the car and pushes air out of the “exhaust trumpet” to carry the vehicle’s performance sounds.
The Future of Dodge’s Electric Lineup
Dodge Charger Concept stands in front of a hall.
The future of Dodge’s EV sounds is in the air as manufacturers offer different solutions and executives weigh in on their ideas. Some manufacturers suggest soundscapes that aren’t shocking or unpleasant to listen to, while others suggest sounds that mimic internal combustion engines to make it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles. However, Kuniskis wants to give the new Dodge Charger a unique sound that will appeal to customers. It wants to mimic the bass of a Hemi V-8 when idle and revving. He also believes the Charger Daytona will redefine American muscle. But now the big question is, will it win over the die-hard purists? And if so, are we looking at a near-production vehicle or an abstract concept? Once again, we wait with bated breath for more information about Dodge’s electrified future.