Dodge unveils new electric muscle car concept that could replace the Challenger and Charger

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Dodge Charger Daytona SRT conception car


DETROIT — Dodge connected Wednesday unveiled a caller conception car called the Charger Daytona SRT arsenic a preview of its archetypal all-electric musculus car, expected successful 2024.

The two-door coupe is the archetypal look astatine what the forthcoming vehicle, which volition regenerate Dodge's existent gas-powered Challenger and Charger musculus cars, is expected to look like. The car besides features respective caller technologies meant to marque it consciousness and thrust similar a accepted musculus car.

"This car, we believe, volition redefine American muscle," Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, who's known for over-the-top vehicles specified arsenic the brand's 700-plus horsepower Hellcat models, said during a media briefing.

The conception conveyance looks similar a futuristic, yet retro, mentation of the current Dodge Challenger with a much aerodynamic, but muscular, design. Most notably, the beforehand extremity features a ample opening for aerial to walk through, which the institution is calling a "R-Wing."

The "R-Wing" of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT conception car features a Fratzog logo successful the mediate of it.


The beforehand helping arsenic good arsenic the vehicle's "Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust" and "eRupt" multispeed transmission – names fitting for "Back to the Future" movies – are patent pending, according to the company.

The multispeed transmission and exhaust are particularly unique, since electrical vehicles thrust successful lone 1 "gear" and are comparatively soundless speech from required information noises.

'Not a subject project'

Automakers routinely usage conception vehicles to gauge lawsuit involvement oregon amusement the aboriginal absorption of a conveyance oregon brand. The vehicles are not meant to beryllium sold to consumers.

However, Kuniskis says galore of the Charger Daytona SRT's technologies and plan elements are expected to marque it into a accumulation vehicle.

"This is not a subject project," helium said. "It looks similar a Dodge, sounds similar a Dodge and drives similar a Dodge."

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT conception car


Kuniskis said the 2024 accumulation electrical musculus car is expected to motorboat with 3 antithetic show levels but yet grow to nine. The conception car features an 800-volt "Banshee" propulsion system.

Dodge declined to merchandise expected show metrics for the conception car oregon the yet-to-be-named accumulation musculus car.

The forthcoming EV successful 2024 volition regenerate Dodge's gas-powered Charger and Challenger musculus cars, which the automaker connected Monday said would beryllium discontinued astatine the extremity of 2023.

New tech

The car's patent pending technologies are meant to clasp the dependable and driving characteristics of Dodge's existent gas-powered Charger and Challenger for immoderate forthcoming all-electric musculus cars, according to Kuniskis.

While EVs tin beryllium accelerated with a "linear acceleration" that produces astonishing 0-60 mph times, they often deficiency the driving dynamics that galore show car owners enjoy. It's a occupation car executives person privately been attempting to lick arsenic the manufacture transitions to EVs.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT conception car


"We said, 'OK, if it's going to happen, let's bash it similar Dodge,'" Kuniskis said. "We're not going to spell determination and bash the aforesaid thing. Dodge is going to get mislaid if we effort to bash the aforesaid happening arsenic everybody else."

The exhaust strategy connected the conception Charger, which Kuniskis said is arsenic large arsenic a Hellcat engine, pushes dependable done an amplifier and tuning enclosure located astatine the rear of the vehicle. He compared it to a upwind organ with chambers and pipes.

The eRupt technology, helium said, is simply a multispeed transmission "with electro-mechanical shifting" that "delivers distinctive displacement points" similar today's musculus and show cars.

The innovations could assistance Dodge clasp its show characteristics arsenic good arsenic its buyers, who person bought millions of Challengers and Chargers implicit the years, according to Stephanie Brinley, main expert astatine S&P Global.

"It is precisely what you would expect a Dodge EV two-door to be," she said. "It looks the part, it sounds the portion and it's beauteous exciting."

Heritage cues

Much of the conception conveyance was inspired by Stellantis-owned Dodge's history, according to officials. The sanction itself — Charger Daytona SRT — is made up of nomenclatures Dodge has commonly used.

The "R-Wing" was inspired by the "nose cone" beforehand extremity of the 1969-1970 Charger Daytona. And portion today's Charger is simply a four-door vehicle, the archetypal generations opening successful the 1960s were two-door, similar the concept.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT conception car


The "Fratzonic" exhaust is simply a notation to a logo Dodge utilized from 1962 done 1976 called the "Fratzog," — a connection made up by a designer. It features a divided deltoid made of 3 arrowhead shapes that signifier a three-pointed star.

Kuniskis said immoderate of the plan elements and technologies are expected to interaction the electrical scope of the vehicles, but it's not thing Dodge is needfully disquieted about.

"Don't care; it's badass ... it's a musculus car," Kuniskis said.