Dodge unveils Charger EV concept that’s faster and louder than a Hellcat – TechCrunch


Dodge on Wednesday unveiled a concept electric vehicle that looks — and even sounds — like the gas-powered Charger muscle car that will be discontinued next year.

According to the Stellantis brand, the two-door Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept – the Daytona name is a nod to the 200-mph NASCAR track milestone of its gas-powered ancestor – isn’t just an exercise in design. Charger EV concept unveiled at M1Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan during Dodge Speed ​​Week Event Series is kind of a placeholder for the production version coming in 2024. Dodge has been talk about this day since at least last summer, but now consumers are starting to see exactly what the automaker has in mind.

It’s unclear how well the concept shown on Wednesday will make it to the final production version. A company spokesperson told TechCrunch that “we call it concept…it’s very close to production.” It is therefore worth looking into the concept that will replace the gasoline version.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona Concept SRT

Like so many concepts, the automaker hasn’t shared pricing details. It shared many specs and design details, which clearly use some of the original Dodge Charger DNA.

Dodge is emphasizing three main areas that it says will “rewrite the rules” of the battery-electric segment: an R front spoiler that acts as an aerodynamic shifter, a multi-speed transmission with electromechanical shifting, and finally, a exhaust that can reach 126 decibels. Yes, the automaker put an “exhaust” on an EV and gave it a dB that will make it sound as loud as a Hellcat-powered Dodge by pushing the sound through an amplifier and tuning chamber at the rear of the vehicle.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept EV

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept’s R-Wing is a tribute to the original design of the Charger Daytona. It is integrated into the hood and allows air to flow through the front opening, improving downforce. image credit: Dodge/Stellantis

Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand under Stellantis, didn’t mince words in a statement when he said, “Charger Daytona does more than define the direction of Dodge, it will redefine American muscle in the process.

It’s a lofty goal, and Dodge’s success bar seems to start with the next electric vehicle surpassing the power, performance and sound of the gas-powered Dodge SRT Hellcat.

Like its gas-powered brethren, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept’s propulsion system even gets a special branding. The 800v propulsion system, nicknamed Banshee, makes the EV faster than a Hellcat in all key performance metrics, according to Dodge. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept also features standard all-wheel drive and a push button on the steering wheel called PowerShot that will produce an extra rush of power.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV Concept

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV Concept has an illuminated three-point Fratzog badge, image credit: Dodge/Stellantis

Dodge drew on its past when designing the Charger EV concept even though it has many modern elements, such as the R-wing, a more aerodynamic shape and its panoramic glass roof. Some of the historic nods include a three-point white-illuminated Fratzog badge that originally appeared on Dodge muscle cars from 1962 through 1976. Then there’s the grille with its vertical detailing that recalls the Dodge Charger from 1968. The automaker’s designers took this 1968 grille design and incorporated the interior textures as well.

Inside the vehicle are many modern touches expected of a new electric vehicle, including a 12.3-inch center screen, 16-inch curved dashboard and a head-up display (HUD) 8 x 3 inches.

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