In late 2019, the Dodge brand released a trio of new 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody models. This included the limited 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. Just like the 1969 model, Dodge produced only 501 units of the performance muscle sedan.
Why only 501? Only 501 copies of the 1969 model were produced, which was the minimum number required to qualify for use on the NASCAR circuit back then. Of the 501 units intended to be produced, 451 of the cars were for the U.S. market and 50 units were for Canada.
So what sets the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition apart from the regular 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody? Outside the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, received the “Daytona” tail stripe decal offered in white for the first time as well as a matching rear spoiler (blue stripe decal and spoiler were featured on White Knuckle colored models). The Hellcat fender badges also got a unique look with a bright finish.
Completing the unique exterior look, was a special 20-inch x 11-inch “Wrap Speed” wheels with a very unique Satin Carbon finish wrapped in standard Pirelli 305/35ZR20 all-season performance tires, however, three-season tires were available. Daytona 50th Anniversary Editions also featured ultra-high performance Black Brembo 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brakes with vented rotors.
Inside, the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition really shined. Unique black heated and ventilated Nappa leather and Alcantara suede performance seats with blue accent stitching and “Daytona” embroidered seatbacks were prominently featured. A blue accent stitch appeared throughout the interior, on the center console armrest, door panels, armrest, dashboard, and shifter.
The interior was also enhanced by the new Dinamica Suede headliner, real carbon fiber instrument panel (I/P), console bezels, and Light Black Chrome interior accents were paired to the suede flat-bottom steering wheel, which featured dual blue and silver accent stitching. The Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition also got unique premium velour-bound floor mats that have a blue dual-stitched accent border. The interior is finished off with a custom I/P badge featuring the Hellcat and Daytona logos on the passenger side of the dash, identifying the car’s exact number of the limited 501 production run.
Power has got increased for the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition to 717 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. SRT engineers revised the powertrain calibration, boosting the power output by 10 horsepower to 717 at 6,100 RPM. This calibration would later be done to all 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody models.
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition was available in four exterior paint colors, B5 Blue (an exclusive to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition for 2020), Pitch Black, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle.
If you were lucky enough to get your hand on one of these cars, you might not understand just how rare your Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition really is. While 501 cars were initial produced for public purchasing, there were 3 additional cars produced for pilot production and testing for the U.S. (1 in B5 Blue, 1 in Pitch Black, and 1 in White Knuckle). It is believed these vehicles were never sold to the public and were left in the hands of SRT engineers.
Another thing that differed from the original announcement was that 20 of the cars planned for the U.S., were sent overseas to places like the Middle East. So exactly how many of each were produced?
|2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition Production Numbers|
|Pitch Black (PX8)||153||11||–||164|
|B5 Blue (PQD)||106||31||20||157|
|White Knuckle (PW7)||128||6||–||134|
|Triple Knuckle (PSE)||47||2||–||49|
|* Includes 3 Pilot Units (1 in PX8, 1 in PDQ, and 1 in PW7) Source: PLMCRZY|
Dodge has not announced any new plans to reproduce the Daytona package for the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. This means that the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition model could be a future collector model for enthusiasts.