A Majority Don’t Consider The Charger Daytona, A Muscle Car!

American Muscle Surveys The American Muscle Car Public About Electric Muscle Cars...

A majority of Dodge fans have a great distaste for the all-new, all-electric Dodge Charger Daytona. While most actually like the styling of the next-generation Charger, most enthusiasts are upset about the discontinuation of its HEMI® V8 lineup that made the brand the go-to muscle car brand over the past 20 years.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack in Redline. (Dodge).

This summer, Dodge is launching the next-generation Charger with a 400-volt all-electric powertrain in a two-door coupe. Additional models will be released in the first quarter of 2025, including a 400-volt four-door variant, two twin-turbocharged SIX PACK internal combustion engine (ICE) models, and even a more powerful 800-volt SRT model.

MoparInsiders recently polled our social media accounts, asking fans what version of the next-generation Dodge Charger they would opt for – the electrified Charger Daytona or the ICE Charger SIX PACK? A whopping 86% said they are more interested in the SIX PACK than the Daytona, showing that Dodge fans still prefer ICE-powered vehicles, even without the legendary HEMI® under the hood.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T Coupe in Peel Out. (Dodge).

We weren’t the only ones surveying muscle car fans about the next-generation ‘e-muscle’ cars. AmericanMuscle.com recently surveyed 1,000 Americans to see their opinions on electric muscle cars.

The survey found some interesting results. According to American Muscle, 47% of muscle car owners would consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) muscle car, with Ford, Tesla, and Dodge being the top brands that muscle car owners would choose for future e-muscle cars.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack in Redline. (Dodge).

American Muscle also found that 52% believe that an EV can’t truly be a muscle car, with 56% of current muscle car owners thinking that the new Dodge Charger Daytona isn’t a real car.

The survey also found that Americans would be willing to pay an average maximum of about $58,000 for an EV muscle car. Current muscle car owners are willing to pay even more (around $66,700), 31% more than non-muscle car owners ($51,000).

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack Coupe in Bludicrous. (Dodge)

Dodge dealers recently received an order guide with details about the upcoming 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona First Edition models. The lineup consists of five configurations: two R/T models and three Scat Pack models. Dealers will be taking allocations this month, and Dodge will allow customers to search for allocations using their Horsepower Locator in May.

Given the number of Chargers and Challengers currently sitting on lots, it will be interesting to see how the new Charger Daytona does this summer with the launch of the First Editions. With continuing high-interest rates, inflation, lack of rebates, and pushback on the EV market at the current moment, we wouldn’t be surprised if many of the First Edition models will join those last-generation Chargers and Challengers on lots for a while.

For more on the AmericanMuscle.com survey, check out their site for a complete breakdown.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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I wish Chrysler would task their engineers with redesigning the the HEMI engines. Imagine their potential with how much power the Hurricane inline6 makes.

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It's really hard to say what truly makes a muscle car because GM broke the mold of a muscle car in the 80s with the grand national and regal t-type along with the typhoon and syclone. While neither the hurricane nor the ev follow what we would say is a traditional muscle car, in its most basic sense, it is. While it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea, let's call a spade a spade. It is a midsized car with a high performance powertrain so yes, technically it is a muscle car. Either way, I'm waiting for a hurricane HO sedan in black with all the fixings.

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I am good with calling the Chargers with the ICE H/P Hurricane I6 a muscle car. Not the EV’s.
So the I6 is not a Hemi! Being in my late fifties when the Hemi’s of the 60’s ended and we were running Chargers, Cuda’s and other Mopars with 440’s, 400’s, they were Muscle cars!!! Don’t need a Hemi to be a muscle car. As a former owner of a 2013 Charger, I really am looking forward to the new I6 Chargers. Very disappointed they are so far out though. I wish I could have waited but, I had to move now, and I am in a Durango. I guess by time it’s due to change the new Charger I6 will have a few years under its belt and I just may go back!
BTW, Dodge can keep their EV’s. After the news from Tesla today, I don’t see EV’s being our future. Hybrids yes, EV’s no!

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I wish Chrysler would task their engineers with redesigning the the HEMI engines. Imagine their potential with how much power the Hurricane inline6 makes.

I hear you, but the management isn't interested in spending R&D money. At least, not the current one.
Remember, there was a rumor about HEMI update with 7.0l and I would be interested to see how much HP/TQ, MPG and emissions this engine would have made vs the HO Hurricane.

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I wish Chrysler would task their engineers with redesigning the the HEMI engines. Imagine their potential with how much power the Hurricane inline6 makes.

This engine existed at Maserati and made less power and was more expensive to build, for a multitude of reasons.

What we are talking about is marketing at this point. Turns out like the Cummins the straight 6 engine has an incredible potential. There is wonderful article by the development engineer, explain why.

It is interesting how No one driving HD Deisel Ram wishes it is having a V8.

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