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NEXT-GENERATION DODGE CHARGER AND CHALLENGER: WHAT TO EXPECT

Did The Banshee Concept Preview An Upcoming Coupe? Or A Sedan?

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

It wasn’t too long ago that Dodge unveiled the all-electric Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept. With it came many enthusiasts bringing up a ton of questions regarding the production muscle car since the SRT Banshee is just a conceptual vehicle. Including if the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system will actually sound like what we originally heard. Yes, an EV that has an exhaust. That’s just the start of things, too. Other questions – big questions – included if Dodge is being true with its EV intentions. Well, a new report goes over just that, and then some, as the next-generation Charger and Challenger muscle cars come closer and closer to the light.

Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

What Will The Next-Generation Dodge Charger And Challenger Look Like?

The next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger will be based on the new STLA Large architecture and should have similar dimensions to the current cars. Just by looking at the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept profile, it’s clear there will be plenty of room for full-sized adults in the backseats. Though the concept is a two-door, Mopar Insiders believes that won’t translate to the production model as the roof line is destined to be a sedan. However, we can expect to see the overall shape of the Charger SRT Daytona Banshee Concept to make it to production, with a few (lower-budget) tweaks. This would probably include ditching the rear bucket seats in favor of a split-folding bench, with the hatchback design likely to make the final cut.

What Engines Will Power The Next-Generation Dodge Charger And Challenger?

As for the powertrain of the next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger, it appears increasingly likely that the beloved Hemi V8 and its glorious pushrod thunder will be replaced with the spooling sounds of new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six engines. While they likely won’t have the same audible drama as the Hemi, the new engines will offer more horsepower and torque with roughly 15% fewer estimated CO2 emissions, per the EPA testing cycle. As we originally reported a year ago, this will leave the Ford Mustang as the last V8 muscle car standing (the Chevrolet Camaro will go out with a whimper after the 2024 model year).

These next-generation Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars with their new Hurricane turbo engines are expected to be built across the Detroit River at the Stellantis Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada. Production is expected to start in 2024, per analyst forecasting.

So, what about the all-electric Dodge Charger and Challenger that the Banshee concept previewed? Well, the start of production on this EV remains elusive, but could take place well after the launch of the initial ICE variants. That said, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis stated that up to nine different power levels would be available for the upcoming muscle cars. Dodge will offer three different outputs from the factory, with an affordable entry-level model. Some sources have stated that the entry-level Challenger or Charger could have somewhere in the ballpark of 550 ponies.

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