Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept showcases the automaker’s electric future

Earlier this week, Dodge announced the “last call” for its Charger and Challenger muscle cars. Today, we learn what will replace it, with the reveal of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept. This concept car gives insight into what Dodge might look like when it converts to electric vehicles.

The design draws heavily on classic Mopar muscle, especially the 1968-1970 Charger. The square nose is heavily influenced by the 1970 model, and LED lights surrounding the grille enhance the effect. More of the vintage Charger appears in the crease running through the front doors and in the rear quarter, with other LED lighting surrounding the rear.

The roof line is a bit weird, but it has a panoramic glass panel for a great view outside. This concept is also a hatchback, which is a very unusual move for the brand.

Dodge has hidden a big detail in that nose, called the R-Wing. Dodge likens it to the winged Daytona of the ’70s, but it certainly isn’t that bold. The R-Wing is an open grille that vents air through the nose and hood openings as it moves over the cabin. Dodge uses styling to maintain its brand image, but the air vents work effectively to help enhance downforce.

An 800-volt electric powertrain called the Banshee is still a mystery. It will have all-wheel drive, and it will accelerate more aggressively than a V8 Hellcat, but that’s all we know.

To keep its V8 buyers happy, Dodge says the Charger concept will have “an electro-mechanical conversion experience that is pure Dodge.” The experience comes from a multi-speed transmission called an eRupt which is programmed to make the car feel like it has hard, old-school shifts between gears. Another feature of the powerful V8 engines is the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust. Dodge is very vague about how it works, but says it’s an exhaust system that gives the car a special new EV sound. That sound reaches 126 decibels, as loud as a Hellcat.

The cabin features a wraparound design with horseshoe-following LED lights. The fabric on the top of the cabin was inspired by the 1968 Charger’s grille detailing, while the lower trim is carbon fiber with a circuit board-inspired design.

The 12.3-inch center screen is the largest Dodge screen ever fit in a car, and at 16 inches, the digital driver’s dashboard isn’t laughing about it either.

The transition from gas to electric isn’t easy, but it’s more true of Dodge than other automakers, and it’s the result of focusing entirely on the power of its hyper-aggressive V8 over the past decade. If a production car follows this concept’s path, Dodge should prove up to the task. The company’s first electric car is expected to be launched in 2024.

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