Dodge showed off an EV concept on Wednesday that looks and sounds like the gas-powered Charger muscle car, which will no longer be made after next year. Stellantis says that the two-door 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is more than just a design exercise. The Daytona name is a nod to the fact that its gas-powered ancestor reached 200 mph on a NASCAR track.
The Charger EV concept, which was shown off at the M1Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, during Dodge Speed Week, is a kind of placeholder for the production version, which will come out in 2024. Dodge has been talking about this day since at least last summer, but now people are starting to see what the car company has in mind.
It’s not clear how much of the idea that was shown on Wednesday will end up in the final product. A company representative did say to TechCrunch, “We call it a concept, but it’s very close to being made.” So, the idea that will replace the gas-powered version is worth looking at more closely.
2024 Dodge Charger Pricing
The new Charger is likely to cost more than the gasoline-powered models that are being replaced, but the prices listed here are just estimates. The 2024 Charger is likely to come in a number of different trims, but we only know of three so far. The names of the first two, 340 and 440, show how much power they have in kilowatts. Dodge has also said that the SRT Banshee will be the name of its most powerful model. When we find out more, we’ll add to this story with more information and a suggestion about which model is the best deal.
|Pricing In US
|2024 Dodge Charger
Starting at $60,000 est
The 2024 Dodge Charger concept is one of the best signs that electric cars are taking over. Adding electric power to one of the toughest muscle cars is a big job, but it pays off in terms of performance. The next-generation Charger is likely to be built on Stellantis’s upcoming platform for large electric vehicles, which is said to have a range of up to 500 miles.
Of course, if you turn up the performance to Hellcat levels, the estimate is likely to be lower. Speaking of which, Dodge hasn’t said much about the new Charger’s engine, but a teaser video for the concept car on YouTube shows the car doing a four-wheel burnout. The new car looks a lot like the old Challenger and Charger models. The Fratzog logo, which was used on Dodge cars in the 1960s and 1970s, is also back. Unlike the old Charger, the new one will be a two-door coupe with a trunk that lifts up.
So that it stays true to the Dodge brand, the Charger Daytona SRT concept has a unique chambered exhaust system that is said to sound like the supercharged V-8 SRT Hellcat model that is being phased out.
Cargo, Interior, and Comfort
Instead of having the usual four doors, the Charger concept is made as a two-door car. The trunklid opens up like a liftback to reveal a large cargo area, and Dodge says that the rear seats fold flat to make more room for transporting larger items, like a set of new tyres. We can also see a big panoramic glass sunroof, a cool shift lever with a pistol grip, and a flip-open ignition switch cap that looks like a fighter jet. The interior design is a mix of new technology and old-fashioned ideas. For example, the textured trim is meant to look like the grille treatment on the 1968 Charger.
Banshees can be scary
Dodge hasn’t said how many electric motors the 2024 Dodge Charger SRT concept has yet, but the company has now shown a range of power levels for the car. The 340 model, named for the amount of power it makes in kilowatts, has 455 horsepower, while the 440 model, the next step up, has 590 ponies. The eStage 1 and 2 power upgrades, which can be bought over-the-air from Dodge’s Direct Connection arm, are available for both models.
The base model can be made to have either 495 or 535 horsepower, and the second level can be made to have either 630 or 670 horsepower. Dodge also says that the most powerful model will be called the SRT Banshee and will have an 800-volt electrical system, but the company is still keeping quiet about how much power this model will have.
The Daytona SRT is still a concept, and Dodge hasn’t said how these models will be put into production. However, given how much thought Dodge has already put into it, we wouldn’t be surprised if a similar lineup of cars eventually reaches customers. The Banshee will also have Direct Connection upgrades, and the upgraded models will have a “crystal” key (Dodge used quotes, so we assume it won’t be a real crystal).
What’s Different in 2024?
When the next-generation Dodge Charger goes on sale, likely for the 2024 Dodge Charger, it will be a brand-new car. There’s a chance that there will also be a four-door version, but we won’t know more about either car until closer to the release date.
EV Motor, Performance, and Power
Dodge hasn’t said how many engines will be in each version of the new Charger, but the base 340 model is said to have 455 horsepower and the 440 model is said to have 590 horsepower. A high-performance trim, rumoured to be called SRT Banshee, will use an all-wheel-drive, 800-volt architecture, but the horsepower rating for that model hasn’t been released yet.
We also know that the concept car doesn’t have a direct-drive electric motor like most EVs do. Instead, it has a transmission with multiple speeds. This isn’t a new idea; the Porsche Taycan has a similar feature. This set-up is meant to improve performance and range at higher speeds. It also gives the driver the feeling of changing gears when going fast.
The sound of the 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona is clever and muscular.
As a response to how the public liked the Dodge Daytona, Dodge made the fake exhaust sound more powerful. CEO Tim Kuniskis said that they will keep making changes to the 126 dB roar until it is just right. He also said that customers will be able to choose from a range of exhaust sound profiles for their cars.
At the Chicago Auto Show, people got to hear how the extra power sounds. Dodge showed off its top-of-the-line Daytona “Banshee” with new exhaust sounds. The TFLEV host was one of the few people who got to hear it close up.
The updated sound of the Charger Daytona’s exhaust is similar to the sound of the concept’s first version. The old sound was high-pitched, but the new one sounds like a wild animal getting ready to pounce. In the above TFLEV YouTube video, the exhaust makes a loud crackling noise that is loud enough to make the microphone distort.
Getting the artificial noises in electric cars just right
Automakers have a hard time getting people to like sounds that are made by machines. Putting a speaker in the engine bay doesn’t work any better than putting an electric whine in there. At first, it seemed like a V8 or V12 engine could not be replaced by anything else.
But a bad worker is the only one who blames his tools. Engineers at Dodge came up with a way to make engine sounds without making them all artificial. Dodge’s answer was to make the hum of the electric motor louder. The new system, which is called “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust,” gives the EV the sound of a Hellcat.
The Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust changes the soft electric hum by adding an amplifier near the back of the car. The result is a “exhaust” sound that is 126 decibels loud and fits the SRT badge. Even so, the sound made by the new system is different from the sound of a regular V8 engine. Dodge has given the exhaust of the Charger Daytona SRT the name “dark matter” because it has a unique sci-fi shape.
Infotainment and Connectivity
In sketches of the Charger concept’s interior, we can see an infotainment touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard in the shape of a trapezium, and an oblong digital gauge display that looks like it has a slight curve to it. No matter what the final design is, the next-generation Charger will have the latest version of Stellantis’s Uconnect infotainment system. It is also likely to have popular features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, on-board Wi-Fi, and the ability to get updates over-the-air.