Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept Goes Red for SEMA, Initial Power Figures Revealed
Dodge treats its EV muscle car concept to upgrades in Vegas.
Barely a month after it debuted the car, Dodge is updating the Charger Daytona SRT Concept. The all-electric model, said to preview an eventual production car, rolls into the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) sporting a fresh coat of Stryker Red paint, aftermarket wheels—and our first official hint at the production power figures.
We call this a hint because while Dodge gave us horsepower figures, the company was keen to point out these are “possible powertrain outputs.” Nonetheless, what we do know sounds good so far: the basic Charger Daytona spits out 455 horsepowr. while the next trim up spits out a very healthy 590 hp. All-wheel drive will be standard on both. Dodge is also planning two voltages for the Charger Daytona. The afore-mentioned trims use a 400-volt architecture; the top Banshee will feature 800-volts. Banshee performance figures are still unknown, but at this stage, we’d be shocked if doesn’t eclipse the current crop of Dodge cars.
This being Dodge we’re talking about, at an aftermarket show no less, there’s the option to unlock even more power. Both 400-volt Charger Daytonas offer Direct Connection eStage 1 and eStage 2, which add an extra 40 hp each time. Dodge wasn’t willing to share Banshee eStage figures either, but did stress that it won’t be a linear path like the 400-volt cars. Don’t expect easy 40-horsepower increments then.SEE ALSO: 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Jailbreak Review
How will buyers access these upgrades? Direct Connections setups will be accessible via a DC “crystal” fob that plugs into the dashboard. These are VIN-locked and unique to the model. It’s a bit like the current Challenger Hellcat’s red key, unlocking more performance when the owner so chooses. It also cuts out aftermarket companies as Dodge clarified it would keep the Direct Connection eStages in-house.
Outside, the Stryker Red paint is the obvious change. It isn’t the only one, however, with 18-inch Direct Connection carbon-fiber wheels tucked under the arches, wrapped in foot-wide drag radials.
Dodge will be gauging the public’s opinion on certain aspects of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT at SEMA. Namely, the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, the entirely-too-complicated-to-explain-here setup that gives this EV its patented exhaust note. Folks at the show will be able to listen to multiple tuning versions of the Charger Daytona SRT concept, and provide their feedback, helping to shape the car’s eventual reveal.
SEMA 2022 runs November 1–4.
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Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.
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