Dodge revealed Wednesday an EV idea that appears — and even sounds — just like the gas-powered Charger muscle automotive that can be discontinued subsequent yr.
The 2-door Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea — the Daytona title a nod to its gas-powered ancestor’s 200 mph NASCAR monitor milestone — isn’t just a design train, based on the Stellantis model. The Charger EV idea unveiled at M1Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan throughout Dodge Speed Week event series is a placeholder of types for the manufacturing model coming in 2024. Dodge has been talking about this day since a minimum of final summer time, however now shoppers are beginning to see precisely what the automaker has in thoughts.
It’s unclear simply how a lot of the idea proven Wednesday will make it to the ultimate manufacturing model. An organization spokesperson did inform TechCrunch that “we name it an idea … it is extremely near manufacturing.” Which suggests it’s value taking a more in-depth have a look at the idea that can exchange the gas-powered model.
Like so many ideas, the automaker didn’t share particulars on pricing. It did share numerous specs and design particulars, which clearly makes use of a few of the unique Dodge Charger DNA.
Dodge emphasizes three principal areas that it says will “rewrite the principles” of the battery electrical section: a entrance R-wing that acts as an aerodynamic pass-through, a multi-speed transmission with electro-mechanical shifting and at last, an exhaust that may attain 126 decibels. Sure, the automaker put an “exhaust” on an EV and gave it a dB that can make it as loud as a Hellcat-powered Dodge by pushing sound by an amplifier and tuning chamber positioned on the rear of the car.
Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge model underneath Stellantis, didn’t mince phrases in an announcement when he stated “Charger Daytona does greater than outline the place Dodge is headed, it’s going to redefine American muscle within the course of.”
That’s an formidable goal and Dodge’s bar for fulfillment seems to start out with the upcoming EV exceeding the facility, efficiency and sound of the gas-powered Dodge SRT Hellcat.
Like its gas-powered brethren, the propulsion system within the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea even will get some particular branding. The 800v propulsion system, dubbed Banshee, makes the EV quicker than a Hellcat in all key efficiency measures, according to Dodge. The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea additionally has a normal all-wheel drive and on push-button on the steering wheel known as PowerShot that can produce an additional burst of horsepower.
Dodge pulled from its previous when it designed the Charger EV idea regardless that it has numerous fashionable components, just like the R-wing, a extra aerodynamic form and its panoramic glass roof. Among the historic nods embody a white illuminated three-pointed Fratzog badge that was initially featured on Dodge muscle automobiles from 1962 by 1976. Then there’s the entrance grille with its vertical particulars which can be paying homage to the 1968 Dodge Charger. The automaker’s designers took that 1968 grille design and pulled into the inside textures as properly.
Contained in the car are lots of the fashionable touches one expects in a brand new EV, together with a 12.3-inch heart display screen, a curved 16-inch instrument cluster and a 8-by-3-inch Head-up Show (HUD).