Wednesday, September 27, 2023
News Dodge will Not Allow Its EVs to be Tuned by Third Parties

Dodge will Not Allow Its EVs to be Tuned by Third Parties

Owners of future Dodge electric performance vehicles will have to turn to the manufacturer if they want more power.

  • The company will offer performance upgrades via its Direct Connection parts catalogue.

  • This is because Dodge wants to ensure performance upgrades are done right.

  • Despite this, tuners will probably try to find workarounds.

When Dodge unveiled its upcoming electric muscle car, independent tuners were likely already thinking of ways in which they could get more power out of it.

This might not happen, however, since Tim Kuniskis, Chief Executive of the Dodge brand, said that tuners will not be allowed to work on its company’s EVs.

Indeed, Dodge doesn’t want unauthorized people playing with its powertrain settings, a practice that is popular in performance car circles.

This is not to say that owners won’t ever be able to get more power than the factory output, however, since the automaker will offer a series of official performance upgrades under its revived Direct Connection line of parts and accessories.

In the case of electric vehicles, these tunes will come in the form of «crystals» that have been matched to the exact vehicle they have been purchased for.

Offered in two stages for each of the three «trim levels» of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept, these upgrades can bump the output of the entry-level version from 455 horsepower to 535 horsepower and the mid-level model from 590 horsepower to 670 horsepower.

The company has yet to announce the factory and upgraded horsepower figures for the top-of-the-line Banshee version.

Of course, Dodge knows that tuners are going to try their own modifications as soon as they can get their hands on one of its electric performance vehicles anyway, but since this will not be authorized, consequences could follow for the car’s owner.

This is because the automaker wants power upgrades for the future electric Charger to be done correctly by the people who have actually developed the entire car rather than by someone who simply knows out to change some values in the vehicle’s computers.

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