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DODGE CEO TIM KUNISKIS SAYS BANSHEE SOUND ‘ISN’T DONE’

Customers May Even Be Able To Download A Completely New One

Dodge Charger EV SRT Daytona Banshee Concept NAIAS 2022
Image copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

When Dodge revealed the all-electric Charger SRT Daytona Banshee Concept, the world was introduced to an EV that goes out of its way to make as much noise as possible. The reception, at best, has been mixed. Some people found the howl of the Banshee to be striking and futuristic, while the muscle car faithful were quick to create and share memes that teased the sound. With that said, Dodge executives admit that there’s still room for that sound to change.

During a recent Autoline After Hours Livestream, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis appeared to discuss the brand’s move towards electrification. While talking about the design of the Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee, he revealed that “the sounds not done, I mean, we’re still working on the sound. We’ve got plenty of time to keep tuning it and tweaking it.”

Though, we may not see a complete disappearance of the high-pitched Banshee-like scream, as that was intended to be polarizing.

As the car goes to idle, the bass track of the exhaust features “the same firing order as a Hemi V8.” Kuniskis stated. The intention is to mix some of Dodge’s heritage into the sound while making something new and different. Kuniskis also seemed open to the idea of customers having an array of sounds to choose from, such as a “jet turbine engine.”

Dodge Charger SRT EV Banshee Concept Exhaust Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust
The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept voices a 126 dB roar that equals the SRT Hellcat, generated through a new, patent-pending Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system.

Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee Concept: Exhaust Details

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept voices a 126 dB roar that equals the SRT Hellcat, generated through a new, patent-pending “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust” system. The Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust represents the next generation of tactile, bone-shaking, muscle attitude, creating a visceral “Dark Matter” sound profile experience in concert with the eRupt transmission. Yes, this EV has a transmission.

As the transmission and exhaust work in tandem with each other, the driver is given the same joyful experience when driving the car as they would if it was an internal combustion engine. The goal is to make the vehicle feel exciting and dangerous. With the same appeal for the driver and onlookers as any typical muscle car would have. But as the sound isn’t finalized, we may hear something different once the Banshee is put into production.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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