Dodge has been keeping silent about its plans for its muscle car lineup following the disappearance of the Dodge Charger and Challenger within their current forms next month. Of course, we know there will be an electric muscle car dubbed the Dodge Charger Daytona, featuring the all-new Banshee powertrain coming to the stage shortly. That said, there have been some rumors regarding a potential new Hemi that could arrive sometime in the future, and we’re all but certain that Dodge will bring the Charger and Challenger back soon, though with Hurricane Inline-6 power under the hood. That will likely be sold alongside the electric Charger Daytona, but based on what information we have, neither of these vehicles will have Hellcat levels of power, though the 800V version of the EV could change that.
Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee Powertrain: New Details
So far, Dodge has only revealed information regarding the 400-volt system of the Charger Daytona, which will have output levels of 340 kilowatts (456 hp) and 440 kilowatts (590 hp) from the factory. However, there is also a yet-to-be-announced, factory-delivered power level 800-volt Banshee powertrain package. According to The Drive, we can assume that the car will feature an all-wheel drive system with an output of 660kW (885 hp). Of course, at 800 volts, it’ll need a sizeable current to send that power to the wheels, but that’s not an impossible task as we’ve already seen other EVs accomplish such a feat, typically using a tri-motor system.
Of course, power outputs for EVs can be tweaked and will be. Dodge already has plans to offer what it’s calling eStage “Crystal” for customers to modify the performance of their EVs even further. For example, customers of the 340 kW can boost the power output to 400 kW (535 hp) with an eStage 2 “Crystal,” while the 440 kW car can produce 500 kW (670 hp) with an eStage 2 tune. Perhaps with the teased “crystals” that unlock capabilities of the car. So even if the 800-volt Banshee powertrain doesn’t deliver 880 hp from the factory, it could get close with the help of the tunes. Overall, we will have to wait and see what happens.
As for the rumor surrounding the straight-six Charger / Challenger, based on the latest info, it will have 420 horsepower in at least one application. Meanwhile, the higher-trim 510 hp model with a high-output Hurricane engine could have a superior power/weight ratio compared to the EV. One thing is sure: if all of these rumors prove true, there will be plenty of options for customers. However, none of them appear to have a barking V8. Or will they?