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The Dragstrip Ready Daytona Will Highlight The Dodge Booth At The 2022 SEMA Show

Dodge Charger SRT Daytona Banshee Concept SEMA Show 2022
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Dodge is making its official return to the SEMA Show in a big way by occupying the massive 19,500 square-foot show space that Ford left behind. And the crown jewel of that will be a rotating Charger Daytona Banshee Concept, now painted in an eye-catching Stryker Red, new wheels, and a set of drag radials.

“The SEMA Show is one of the great gatherings of the performance culture, and Dodge isn’t going to shy away as we develop the next generation of muscle car – one that just happens to be fully electric,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer – Stellantis. “Technology moves forward and the customizers and tuners move right along with it. We’re demonstrating how old-school hot-rodding will thrive in an electrified muscle-car future.”

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Dodge Direct Connection SEMA 2022 Stage 2 Dodge Charger SRT Daytona Banshee Concept
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This is the encore to the Greys of Thunder colored Banshee Concept that was originally shown during Dodge Speed Week in August. For SEMA, Dodge is debuting a Stage 2 Banshee performance upgrade that’s intended for the car when it eventually makes it to market. In addition, the concept features “Stage 2” fender badging and new 18-inch Direct Connection lightweight carbon-fiber concept wheels, while the slicks measure 305 mm wide.

With the help of a video display wall, Dodge will show off other colors, wheel designs and various performance configurations of the Charger SRT Daytona Banshee. In total, there will be nine colors, and nine different performance and Direct Connection upgrade levels “envisioned” for the Dodge concept car.

Along with the red Banshee, Dodge will display six “Last Call” 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars, new Direct Connection crate engines, and on-site customer clinics seeking feedback in regard to the sound of the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system that was met with mixed feedback. Those who participate will be given an opportunity to evaluate and rank unique tuning versions of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept’s exhaust note.

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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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