Dodge Charger Daytona Launch Delayed By 90 Days To Fix Issues

No Summer Launch For The New Charger, Will Come In The Fall...

Dodge’s controversial all-electric 2024 Charger Daytona is facing a significant delay. According to multiple dealer sources, the cars have been pushed back by 90 days. Sources close to the program have told us that the postponement is necessary to address several electrical issues that have surfaced during testing.

Since the beginning of the year, Dodge has been putting prototypes of the new Charger Daytona through rigorous road testing. However, these tests have highlighted some problems. For instance, one prototype was spotted by one of our readers being hauled back to the Chrysler Technical Center (CTC) in Auburn Hills on the back of a flatbed wrecker with tow straps running through its open windows. 

Engineer locked out of the hatch of a 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona. (Amer Mudruri for MoparInsiders).

In another case, engineers were locked out of the vehicle’s hatch, forcing them to climb through the interior to access the cargo area. This explains the number of prototypes we have seen with cords hanging out from their hatches, as the upscale models have power hatches.

Dealer documents indicate that Dodge has delayed allocation orders, ordering processes, and even the official presentation of the new Charger Daytona from May to August. This three-month delay will allow engineers to resolve the issues and ensure a smoother debut for the e-muscle car. With all eyes on Dodge’s newest e-muscle car, Dodge must do everything it can to ensure the smooth rollout of the 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack. (Tony Thomas for MoparInsiders).

The Charger Daytona is a crucial model for Dodge, marking a significant shift from traditional gasoline-powered muscle cars to electric vehicles (EVs). As such, the company is under considerable pressure to get this launch right.

Pricing for the Charger Daytona’s First Edition models is expected to be high, reflecting the fully loaded features these cars will offer. This concerns some fans, especially considering the uncertainty surrounding government incentives for EVs. A change in administration following the upcoming November elections could impact these incentives, potentially making the cars even less affordable.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack. (Anthony Carter via Facebook).

Looking ahead to 2025, our sources have indicated that Dodge plans to expand the Charger Daytona lineup with a more budget-friendly rear-wheel drive (RWD) GT model. These models are expected to feature a single electric drive module (EDM) producing around 300 horsepower, utilizing the same 400-volt electrical system as the R/T and Scat Pack models. This should make the Charger Daytona more accessible to a broader range of customers.

But for those of you who would rather skip the Charger Daytona, the Charger SIX PACK models will continue the Charger’s internal combustion legacy with a pair of high-performance twin-turbocharged Hurricane engines ranging from 420 horsepower to 550 horsepower.

We contacted Dodge for a comment on the delay and the issues with the new Charger Daytona but have yet to receive a response. As the company works to address these challenges, the fans of the new e-muscle car will be watching closely to see how the new Charger Daytona performs upon its eventual release.

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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Again, not unexpected of a first model year platform let alone car, but what a blow.
Skeptics online are gonna have a ball once this spreads to other outlets.

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The roll out for this has to be nearly blemish free for any semblance of success to occur. And we start off with a big ol’ zit on the nose. Not good, but better to delay and fix than issue recalls.

I’m skeptical on the EV market, but hope this is good enough, in conjunction with the Six Pack, to be successful. Otherwise, we’re dead in the water

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If they put a V8 in it instead of those Energizer Bunny's they'd be well on their way to selling them.

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A for effort and kudos to the brand for trying something new. While I will be waiting for the Hurricane powered vehicles to come out next year, I wish them well

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It's not easy being green.

If they are going to have a rear drive only, battery electric option, then offer a range extender. Leapmotor offers such a setup in their C01 EREV sedan.

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