It features an exhaust system.
Yes, it’s a fully electric vehicle.
No other automaker would come up with an EV that borrows as many ICE cues as Dodge. For this, the world is thankful as the rule book does not say we can’t have our cake and eat a soy-based copy. The Charger Daytona SRT Concept is inspired by the past, a mindset that will surely guide Dodge into the new electric era.
There are three distinct elements that highlight that this electric concept car is all Dodge, and they are design, performance, and noise.
The latter might be the most unusual. Though most automakers fit some form of powertrain noise both inside and out of their EVs, only Dodge would go so far as to boast that their EV’s got an exhaust system.
Called Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, the patent-pending exhaust system pushes its one-of-a-kind performance sound through an amplifier and tuning chamber located at the rear of the vehicle. At full tilt, the Charger Daytona SRT Concept belches out a 126 dB roar that equals the SRT Hellcat. The technology, if we can call it such, creates a visceral “Dark Matter” sound profile experience that works in concert with the eRupt transmission.
That’s right, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept features a transmission. The eRupt multi-speed transmission with electro-mechanical shifting will deliver sharp accelerations following a downshift, as we’ve become accustomed to with an ICE. On top of distinctive shift points, the concept also features a PowerShot push-to-pass feature. With a simple push of the button on the steering wheel, PowerShot delivers an adrenaline jolt of increased horsepower for a quick burst of acceleration.
Providing the power will be Dodge’s newest future-legendary propulsion system called Banshee. Dodge promises serious numbers as the system’s goal is to make the Charger Daytona SRT Concept faster than a Hellcat. The 800V Banshee propulsion includes standard all-wheel drive which is key to pushing beyond Hellcat performance all the while improving all-weather capability.
And then, there’s the concept’s design. Frankly, and although this isn’t the place for opinions, the Charger Daytona SRT Concept CRUSHES the Hornet visually – it’s not even close.
Take a moment to peruse the picture gallery and pause for a few moments on some of the exterior shots. With its profile and under many angles, it reminds us of the superb 1999 Dodge Charger concept, but with a very modern 21st-century twist. Even so, the Daytona SRT’s design is clearly inspired by the 1968 Charger. The most noteworthy aspect is the car’s patent-pending R-Wing redefines the typical Dodge front end. Impressively, it maintains the characteristically blunt Dodge profile while developing a more aerodynamic vehicle. Incredibly and despite the R-Wing, the concept avoids excess decorations and often pointless visual accessories. Sure, the Daytona rolls on painted-pocket 21-inch wheels with diamond-cut faces however nearly all surfaces are smooth but not without drama.
The Greys of Thunder Charger Daytona SRT Concept combines modern looks with a long, wide and confident road presence. The front grille stands out with cross-car illuminated lighting centred by a white illuminated Fratzog badge, a symbol teased last year by Dodge. The three-pointed Fratzog badge, originally featured on Dodge muscle cars from 1962 through 1976, was previously used without any meaning or context — until now. The return of the Fratzog logo represents the electrified future of Dodge and signifies the brand’s unwavering commitment to its performance heritage, but with new technology capable of pushing limits well beyond the cars of today.
In case you missed it, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is a two-door hatchback.
Indoors, the Charger concept features a driver-centric cockpit with a 16-inch instrument cluster couple to a 12.3-inch centre screen, all of it angled nearly ten degrees towards the driver. Throughout, Ambient Attitude Adjustment Lighting illuminates the texture from below, highlighting textures, surfaces, and circuit-like graphics which can be found on the carbon fibre floor, centre console, and IP.
Also noteworthy are the unique pistol-grip shifter and new thinner, flat top and bottom steering wheel design. Paddle shifters are mounted on the steering wheel, with the PowerShot button on the right and drive mode controls on the left.
Finally, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is proof not only that Stellantis will allow Dodge to do Dodge in the future but that performance and design will always cater to fans and enthusiasts.