Recently, Dodge has had quite sad news for car fans, which confirmed the transition of the company’s muscle cars to electric traction. For many motorists, one of the first questions was the sound. There is no doubt that electric motors will be able to provide cars with enough power. But one of the “features” of cars like the Dodge Charger is precisely the sound of the engine… We didn’t have to wait long for an answer.
At a special event of Dodge’s parent company, Stellantis, part of the presentation was devoted to the new electric Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept. CEO Dodge Tim Kuniskis was slowly bringing closer to the point that against the background of today’s changes in the automotive industry, the transition to electricity is inevitable even for muscle cars. But the company made it a point to keep the basics — looks, sound, and controls.
Let’s move on to the most interesting thing – the sound. The developers called it Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust. Through the amplifier, the car emits a powerful “roar” of 126 dB, which is on a par with Hellcat models. It sounds like a generated sound, of course. But the company simply could not follow the path of all other manufacturers and leave the car “mute”.
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They were also able to preserve the appearance, but also update it accordingly. Designers were inspired by the original Charger Daytona, where air was also passed through the front part of the car (although then it was a huge “lip” under the bumper). A similar element was retained and named R-Wing.
The presented concept still looks much more futuristic due to new running lights and taillights, handles hidden in the doors, large windows, and a glass ceiling. But the inflated wheel arches, the general shape with a long and high hood, “aggressive” wheels, etc. still well demonstrate the roots of this car.
At the same time, Kuniskis added that the company understands that they have made something far from the most aerodynamic car, but they do not care, because they had to preserve the appearance of the model.
A couple of interesting details were revealed about driving. Of course, the power will be enough.
“Everyone knows that electric cars are fast. Even the most boring ones are fast,” says Kuniskis.
But keeping similar driving characteristics was still set as a goal (joke from the editors: the new Charger will also drive either straight or sideways). Engineers have designed a transmission that will be as fast as other electric cars, but will somehow still give the driver the feeling of shifting gears. The system was called eRupt.
As for exact specifications, nothing has been revealed so far, except that the concept is based on the 800-volt Banshee platform. The car will have three to nine power levels through PowerShot’s own push-to-pass system. This system will allow you to select driving modes such as Slam, Drift, Drag, and even Donat (obviously to finally destroy the remaining rubber).
Mr. Kuniskis also noted that since it is an electric car, the car will become much more versatile than it was before. It will have an all-wheel drive, which will allow you to drive in any weather conditions (currently, only the “younger” SXT and GT configurations have an option with AWD, all others are driven exclusively by the rear wheels).
“Dodge is about muscle, attitude and performance, and the brand carries that chip on its shoulder and into the BEV segment through a concept loaded with patents, innovations, and performance features that embody the electrified muscle of tomorrow,” adds Kuniskis.
Full recording of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT presentation: