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March 6, 2024

Meet The World's First All-Electric Muscle Car: The 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona

After teasing it as a concept, Dodge has finally revealed the all-new 2024 Charger. While it will be made available with an inline-6 by next year, but news here is the first-ever all-electric powertrain for the muscle car.

The production Charger sticks close to the concept down to the modern day take on the 60s Chargers nose and the rear liftback. The EV and combustion engine variants will have distinct front-ends in that the EVs, officially named Charger Daytona, will have the “R-Wing” that passes air through the rectangular grille through a vent in the hood. Meanwhile, the combustion engine variant—officially named the Charger Sixpack—will have a more conventional hood and grille.

In terms of size, the Charger Daytona measures in 127 mm longer than the Charger Hellcat Redeye (5,248 mm). Meanwhile, the wheelbase is now at 3,073 mm. And with a giant battery pack, the Charger Daytona weighs in at 2,648 kilograms—around 544 kilograms more than the Hellcat-powered Chargers.

For the first year of production, Dodge is only making the EV available. The Charger Daytona will be available in two trims—the R/T and Scat Pack. They basically have the same battery and motor units, and single-speed gearboxes. However, trim depending the combined outputs are different with the R/T producing 456 horsepower and 548 Nm, while the Scat Pack goes up to 590 horsepower and 850 Nm.

These numbers are met with the 15-second “Power Shot” enabled which adds 40 horsepower to the usual amount. There’s a 30-second cooldown time between Power Shots, but there’s no limit to the number of uses otherwise.

Further enticing would-be customers, Dodge is even throwing in a “Direct Connection Stage Kit” for free. Effectively, this means that the first-year Charger Daytona R/T will have 496 horsepower with the Stage 1 upgrade, while the Charger Daytona Scat Pack will have 670 horsepower with the Stage 2 upgrade. All in all, this means a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) of 4.7 seconds for the R/T, while the Scat Pack does it in just 3.3 seconds. Quarter mile times are 13.1 seconds and 11.5 seconds, respectively. Top speed? 220 km/h for the R/T and 216 km/h for the Scat Pack.

Connected to those motors is a 100.5-kWh gross battery pack with 93.9 kWh usable. The R/T is expected to go 510 kilometers on a charge, while the Scat Pack will go 418 kilometers. It’s a 400-volt battery pack, but can be charged at a peak 183 kW using a DC fast charger. As for AC charging, it has a peak of 11 kW.

The Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system for Charger Daytona models uses two passive radiators to a create a unique exhaust profile with “Hellcat levels of sound intensity that shatters the preconception of a typical quiet BEV,” says Dodge. Sound intensity is tied to higher performance, with a stealth sound mode also available. Distinct vehicle sounds assist in providing driver feedback, especially at the track and at elevated speeds, and enhance the immersive in-car feel.

If you’re not sold on EVs just yet, the Charger Sixpack maybe for you. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter “Hurricane” inline-6 will be made available in two stages of tune. The “standard” version makes 420 horsepower, while the high-output makes 550 horsepower. Both engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. Drifts and burnouts are still possible though as the Sixpack has the ability to send all that power to the rear wheels only.

In terms of chassis, Dodge has yet to reveal details on the Charger Sixpack. For the Charger Daytona R/T and Scat Pack though, more specifics have been revealed. Charger Daytonas will use multi-link independent front and integral link independent rear setups with standard passive, monotube shocks. But the Scat Pack Track Pack gets dual-valve adaptive shocks with stiffer springs. The R/T comes with 275 mm tires on all four corners, while the Scat Pack will have 305 mm front and 325 mm rear tires—notably, these tires are wider than even the Challenger Demon 170. Normally, the Daytona R/T will have 13.9-inch front brake rotors and 13.8 rears, and the Scat Pack will have 15-inch fronts and 14.2-inch rears. But for the first year, they all get the Scat Pack Track Pack’s upgraded brakes, which feature six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers along with 16.2-inch rotors at all four corners. They will be the biggest brakes ever offered on the Charger.

Inside, the Charger retains the same dual-screen array, pistol-grip shifter, and wrap-around ambient lighting found in the concept. The driver-focused interior is home to either a 10.25- or 16-inch instrument cluster screens and a 12.3-inch center display.

Aside from adding the Charger Sixpack in 2025, Dodge will also be releasing a four-door version of the Charger.

1 comment:

  1. Impressive stuff though the motors and battery pack looks HUGE!


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