Dodge has been doing a great job at keeping its cards close to its chest lately; with the imminent arrival of the “e-muscle” cars next summer, there’s still a lot of unknown regarding the vehicle. However, based on the information provided, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect, and a recent report sheds new light on what the world can expect from the production version of the all-electric Dodge Charger Daytona muscle car. Or will it be an electric Dodge Challenger? We’ll go over the latest details just below.
While we already know that the Dodge Charger Daytona will closely resemble the Charger Daytona Banshee Concept, the brand will reportedly add to the allure of the muscle car with the optional panoramic glass roof. This was shown on the concept car and should be a welcoming ambiance for rear seat occupants, who have complained about the view from the back of the current vehicle.
Moreover, Mopar Insiders writes that the production version of for the next-generation Dodge Challenger could begin its launch as early as Q2 2024 at the Stellantis Windsor Assembly Plant, with the four-door Charger entering production by Q3 2024. It’s unclear if this points to the ICE version, or electric version of the next-gen Dodge muscle cars.
When Will Dodge Reveal Its Future Muscle Cars?
As for a possible reveal, the 2023 North American International Auto Show is just a few weeks away, in Detroit. Dodge could pull the wraps off some future products there, including a next-generation Durango SUV, but with Stellantis, GM and Ford staring down looming UAW and Unifor union strikes, we could see a shift in priorities as to what gets revealed when, where, and how.
Dodge Charger Daytona BEV: What To Expect
We also know that next year, the Charger Daytona will feature the eRupt multi-speed transmission with electro-mechanical shifting, delivering an authentic Dodge-style driving experience. The goal here is to make driving an EV fun instead of the infamous quick acceleration and then boredom. The upcoming Banshee powertrain is contributing to this, which incorporates an exhaust system to the EV, resulting in a resounding 126 dB roar that rivals the iconic SRT Hellcat. The patent-pending Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system amplifies and tunes the electrifying performance sound, creating a visceral “Dark Matter” sound. However, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis did state that customers will be able to customize the sound of their car with other options in the future.
As for the powertrain, we know that the 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 Dodge SRT Banshee powertrain package. As for the 340 kW, customers can boost the power output of their Banshee 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. It’s unclear what the 800-volt powertrain will deliver straight from the factory or what the tunes may boost, but that’s some considerable power.
Kuniskis also confirmed that the eStage tune crystal will be specific for that VIN, so if you buy a used Charger Daytona equipped with one, it’ll stick with the car.