There has been a lot of buzz about the future of Dodge muscle cars, since the introduction of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept in August. While the new electrified muscle car is a preview of what we could expect to hit the streets in 2024, Dodge is quick to tell us that it is purely a concept vehicle at the moment.
When it made its debut at the Dodge Speed Week event at M1 Concourse, the car featured a new Graphite color called “Greys of Thunder”. The color looked similar to the current Granite Crystal exterior color we have come accustomed to on most Chrysler Group vehicles, but this time had just a hint more Black in its hue. The high-gloss Graphite-like color looked great on the car but hid many of the car’s stunning lines in the darkly-lit conference room.
But what really caught our eye were the painted-pocket 21-inch diamond-cut “Turbine” wheels on the car. They featured a Red Fratzog logo on the center locks and blended retro cues with modern wheel technology we have come to love over the past handful of years.
Fast forward to this year’s Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas and we got another look at the Charger Daytona SRT. This time the car was painted in the beloved “Stryker Red” from the fifth-generation Dodge Viper GTS. The color made the car pop underneath the brightly-lit lights at Las Vegas Convention Center.
At the event, Dodge and Mopar discussed its new Direct Connection eStage kits for the next-generation e-muscle cars. To highlight that, on the second day of the event, Dodge cleverly posted Stage 2 decals under the 800-volt Banshee logo.
In addition to the new exterior color, a new set of conceptual 18-inch lightweight carbon-fiber wheels from Direct Connection were also added. The wheels featured center locks with aluminum center sections and titanium bolts, and were wrapped with 305mm drag radials on all four corners.
The SEMA event also showcased several new color choices for the future e-muscle cars, thanks to color-painted auto forms that surrounded the front of the Charger Daytona SRT display.
This past week, the Stryker Red car was on display again at the LA Auto Show. Sitting on the same display with the same auto forms at SEMA, the Charger Daytona SRT was overshadowed by many. But those with an eye for detail were quick to point out that the car has been fitted with another set of conceptual wheels.
Head of Stellantis Design, Ralph Gilles, posted an up-close photo of the new wheel pattern on his Instagram this past week. These latest wheels feature a split 5-spoke design wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero 305 rubber. Instead of showing us a center-locking wheel nut, these wheels look production-ready by showing off the Charger Daytona SRT’s 5-bolt pattern for the first time.
But we love that the Dodge Design Studio in Auburn Hills is continuing to update the concept vehicle as it travels from show to show. Thus giving us a peek at what can be expected from the American performance brand.
Source: Ralph Gilles’ Instagram and