Last week, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept made an appearance at the Stellantis Design Cars + Coffee event, marking its first public return to the area since its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Since then, Dodge has refined this concept car, showcasing its striking exterior painted in the iconic Dodge Viper’s Stryker Red. Additionally, the car has been featured with various wheel choices at different shows, captivating enthusiasts since its initial reveal. However, the car was back to wearing its original “turbine” 22-inch wheels with a center lug design for the show.
One of the notable patent-pending features of the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept is the R-Wing, a front aerodynamic wing that seamlessly blends with the Dodge profile while significantly improving aerodynamic efficiency. This innovative design allows for optimal performance and an unmistakable Dodge aesthetic.
At the heart of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept lies the all-new 800-volt Banshee propulsion system, marking the spiritual successor to the beloved HELLCAT lineup. This advanced electric powertrain promises exhilarating performance and sets a new standard for Electric Vehicle (EV) capabilities in the industry. The concept boasts the eRupt, a multi-speed transmission system with an electro-mechanical shifting experience. This cutting-edge technology redefines the driving experience, providing drivers with the pure Dodge spirit of performance and control.
Challenging conventional notions of EV acoustics, Dodge has introduced the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust—a groundbreaking industry-first exhaust system for EVs. This remarkable innovation delivers an electrifying performance sound that rivals the iconic roar of the SRT HELLCAT, providing an auditory experience that is quintessentially Dodge. While the Fratzonic exhaust continues to be fine-tuned, the Stellantis design staff didn’t show it off at the event, even when taking the car back to the design center.
The Charger Daytona SRT Concept seamlessly combines the classic elements of Dodge’s muscle car lineage with the revolutionary design of a battery-electric vehicle. Illuminated Fratzog badges on the front grille and taillamp symbolize the electrified future of Dodge, showcasing the brand’s commitment to both performance and sustainability. The vertical exterior grille details pay homage to the iconic 1968 Dodge Charger, infusing the concept with a timeless style. The car looked to fit right in with a 1969 Dodge Charger on one side, and Head of Stellantis Design, Ralph Gilles’ personal carbon-fibered 1968 Dodge Charger ‘Hellucination’ on the other.
Contrary to the conventional notion of muscle cars, the Charger Daytona SRT Concept surprises with a rear hatch and fold-flat rear seats, providing unmatched storage capacity. This practicality, coupled with its extraordinary performance, solidifies the concept’s position as a versatile and dynamic vehicle.
While the move towards electrification may not impress all Dodge enthusiasts, the Charger Daytona SRT Concept’s design has received resounding praise from those fortunate enough to see it in person. Dodge acknowledges the demands of its loyal V8 fan base and plans to offer both 400-volt and 800-volt electrical architectures. Furthermore, an internal combustion engine (ICE) will return to the Charger lineup in the form of the new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged Hurricane inline-six engine series. The High-Output (H.O.) variant is projected to generate approximately 525 horsepower, providing a substantial power boost over the current 6.4-liter HEMI® V8.
Anticipation continues to build as Dodge prepares to unveil the production-ready version of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept. Enthusiasts eagerly await its debut, which is expected to take place this summer, potentially at the Woodward Dream Cruise, followed by the NAIAS event. The Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, will commence production next year, and Dodge aims to entice V8 loyalists to embrace the exhilarating potential of twin-turbocharged inline-six engines or electric power.
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