Highlights Include 717 Horsepower And A Unique Color

Fifty years ago, the Dodge Charger Daytona launch with a legendary rear wing and a massive nose specifically designed to dominate in NASCAR racing. It was a major milestone for the automotive world, as the Charger Daytona prototype was the first car to break 200 miles per hour (mph) average lap speed – a record that would stay for another 17 years. Only 501 copies of the legendary 1969 Charger Daytona were produced – the minimum homologation number required to qualify for use on the NASCAR circuit. What was revealed today is not a NASCAR homologation special, but the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition nevertheless celebrates the achievement with an exclusive B5 Blue, “Daytona” decals, and near-200 mph capability. And, like before, Dodge is only building exactly 501 of them.

There are more features that make the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition a special muscle car. For instance, a special powertrain calibration unique to Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition increases rated power to 717 hp at 6,100 rpm – an increase of 10 horses from the standard 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody that was announced in June.

Dealer orders for 2020 Charger Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition will open in fall of 2019. Vehicles will start arriving in Dodge dealerships in early 2020. To make each unit unique, a custom IP badge with the Hellcat and Daytona logos is located on the passenger side will identify each vehicle with its individual number out of 501.

Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Daytona

Along with the exclusive B5 Blue, the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody Daytona Edition will be offered in just three other exterior paint colors: Pitch Black, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle. The “Daytona” decal, spoiler and Hellcat badge are colored white on B5 Blue, Pitch Black and Triple Nickel models. On White Knuckle models, the “Daytona” decal and spoiler are Blue and the Hellcat badge has a chromed finish.

Finishing the exterior details are 20-inch “Warp Speed” wheels with a unique Satin Carbon finish, wrapped in massive Pirelli 305/35ZR20 all-season performance tires, with three-season tires being optional. Stopping the fastest production sedan on earth are Black Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors.

For the interior, an embroidered Daytona logo accents the car’s unique black heated and ventilated Nappa leather and Alcantara performance seats, finished with blue accent stitching. Both driver and front passenger seats feature 12-way power adjust function. The blue accent stitch appears throughout the interior, on the center console armrest, door panels and armrest, dashboard and shifter. An exclusive flat-bottom steering wheel is sueded, and the exlusive velour-bound floor mats also feature the Daytona blue stitching. Other details include a Dynamica Suede headliner, a carbon fiber IP surround, console bezels, and Light Black Chrome accents.

Attendees of the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise can check out the new 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition in Pontiac, at 50881 Woodward Avenue, between Orchard Lake and Pike streets. Also on display will be the standard 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, the 797-horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, and more.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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