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The Banshee Powertrain Tops Them All

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The Dodge Banshee Concept is an actual work of art, with an inspired design that takes on the challenge of revolutionizing the look of a BEV while offering subtle nods to the brand’s muscle car past. The combination of the exterior design seamlessly blends the iconic 1968 Dodge Charger with futuristic looks, and the inside is also marvelous. With all the latest tech, as well as lightweight with a driver-centric cockpit and all the essentials in a cohesive package, you’ll feel like you’re in the cockpit of a retro-inspired spaceship. The design already gives people plenty of reasons to desire the upcoming Charger EV. That, coupled with the car’s exhaust system, which can be programmed to have different audio sounds, means the car certainly has appeal. However, one vital component of the vehicle has yet to be revealed until recently: What power levels does Dodge intend to offer for the muscle car replacement? That appears to have been answered.

Dodge SRT Banshee Power: Details

A highlight of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept‘s visit to the 2022 SEMA show is the announcement that there will be nine possible powertrain outputs for the all-electric muscle car concept. Dodge showed three different battery-electric power levels at the event and two Dodge Direct Connection performance upgrades for each power level. It appears that Dodge is illustrating a stair-step approach to its electrifying performance. A 400-volt system will have output levels of 340 kilowatts (456 hp) and 440 kilowatts (590 hp) and a yet-to-be-announced, factory-delivered, power level 800-volt SRT Banshee powertrain package. Dodge says the output isn’t described as “linear” and wouldn’t directly confirm just how powerful the Banshee will be, in terms of kiloWatts or horsepower.

Dodge Charger SRT Daytona Banshee Concept SEMA Show 2022
Image via Dodge

400-volt Output Levels: 

  • 340 kilowatt (kW) – base trim (455 hp)
  • eStage 1 – 370 kW (495 hp)
  • eStage 2 – 400 kW (535 hp)
  • 440 (kW) – base trim (590 hp)
  • eStage 1 – 470 kW (630 hp)
  • eStage 2 – 500 kW (670 hp)

If you’re wondering how Dodge plans to add the performance upgrades to the cars, you’re not the only one. It turns out that what they have in mind is actually pretty neat, as Direct Connection Stage 1 and Stage 2 performance upgrades use a “crystal” key that plugs into the dash. The “crystal keys” appear to be tied to the car’s VIN and ECU. Not over the air and will come to customers as a kit. They will also be Radio Frequency controlled (RFID), kind of like a red key or black key. 

While we have the base intended output levels for the 400-volt vehicles, it still needs to be clarified what those numbers will be for the 800-volt Banshee or what the Direct Connection upgrade levels may be. So, we’ll have to wait for that announcement to come sometime in the future. But, given the intended power output of the 400-volt Banshee, it’s safe to assume that it’s going to be a potent amount of power, which should undoubtedly bring about plenty of fun for future owners no matter what system they opt for.

If you’re an electrical engineer, feel free to reach out to us at any point.

Dodge Charger SRT Banshee EV Daytona Speed Week Day 3
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

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, Pontiac 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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