2024 Dodge Charger Daytona EV Unveils Bold Concept Design and Dual Body Options

Roomy Rear Hatch Available for Sedans and Coupes

Dodge has unveiled the brand new Charger Daytona, marking its venture into the electric vehicle market. Despite the transition to an electric powertrain, Dodge can still proudly boast of producing the world’s fastest and most dominating muscle car. The 2024 model of the Dodge Charger comes in both sedan and coupe versions, with both having the same wheelbase. Two trim options will be available upon its release.

An attention-grabbing model in the lineup is the Dodge Daytona Scat Pack, boasting a maximum output of 670 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. This powerful vehicle is expected to complete the 0-60 mph challenge in just 3.3 seconds. The R/T variant also offers an impressive performance, with a maximum of 496 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque, reaching 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. While the top speed for the R/T is rated at 137 mph, the Scat Pack falls slightly behind with a limit of 134 mph. However, on the quarter mile track, it regains its title by crossing the finish line in just 11.5 seconds, while the R/T takes 13.1 seconds.

The latest Charger is constructed on the STLA Large platform and boasts a 400V setup with an electric motor on both front and rear axles. While all-wheel drive is the default, the front electric drive module can be disengaged for enhanced fuel efficiency and other advantages. In addition, the rear is equipped with a mechanical limited-slip differential, while each component (including the inverter, gearbox, and motor) generates 250 kW (equivalent to 335 horsepower) and 300 lb-ft of torque.

The 400V system boasts six tiers of performance, but there’s a twist to those numbers stated previously: Dodge has made adjustments to both versions. At the moment, the Charger Daytona R/T is outfitted with a Direct Connection Stage 1 kit, boosting its standard output of 456 hp by an additional 40 hp. In a similar fashion, the Daytona Scat Pack is equipped with a Stage 2 upgrade, yielding a whopping 670 horsepower.

Upcoming models are set to come equipped with either 456 horsepower or 590 horsepower, unless customers opt to purchase tuning packages from dealerships. In addition, a top-of-the-line 800V Banshee model may be released in the future, possibly featuring simulated engine vibrations.

Assisting in slowing down the powerful muscle car are exceptionally large brakes, a first for any Dodge model. The 2024 models will come equipped with 16-inch Brembo rotors paired with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear. However, these brakes will only be included as part of the Track Pack in the future, which is unfortunate. This is because the Charger Daytona has a hefty curb weight of 5,838 pounds, but it is kept in check by Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires with staggered widths of 305/35 in the front and 325/35 in the rear. These tires are mounted on 20-inch wheels on both ends, although smaller wheel options will be offered without the Track Package (more details on that to follow).

The first rule in rewriting this article is to keep the quoted text unchanged. According to the original source, the Daytona Scat Pack comes equipped with a multi-link front suspension system and a fully independent four-link rear suspension system. For those who opt for the Track Package, the option of dual-valve semi-active dampers is also available. Additionally, all models boast a near perfect weight distribution between the two axles and have sturdier bodies, making it the first Charger model to excel in cornering, unlike its previous versions.

The Charger Daytona comes equipped with a PowerShot mode that offers a 15-second increase of 40 horsepower. This feature can be activated by pressing a button located on the bottom right of the steering wheel. The Charger also offers five different drive modes: Auto, Eco, Sport, Wet/Snow, and Track and Drag. However, it should be noted that the Track and Drag mode is only available on the Daytona Scat Pack. Additionally, there are five “Race Options” available for drivers to choose from.

Donut Mode is quite evident, whereas Drift Mode presents three degrees of slip angle manipulation. Once engaged, the front dampers shift to the softest setting while the rear ones maintain their stiffness, facilitating a smoother initiation of oversteer. These features are unique to the Daytona Scat Pack model. Additionally, Line Lock (easily decipherable) and Launch Control are also available, with the latter boasting five distinct levels of intensity for optimal performance on different terrains.

The ultimate Race Choice is the Race Preparation setting, designed to ready the battery for drag or track competitions. As drag events are brief in duration, this mode works to elevate the temperature of the battery. On the other hand, for more lengthy track races, opting for this choice will result in a lower starting temperature for the battery, ultimately allowing for a longer time period on the course.

The production version of the car has retained the radical design from its original concept, with minimal changes. One of the standout features is the R-Wing passthrough on the nose, which not only adds to the aesthetic appeal but also improves downforce. The headlights bear the laser-etched Dodge logo, while the taillights are described as a blazing red “ring of fire”. The front and rear LED lighting strips both showcase an illuminated Fratzog logo, adding to the overall sleek look. Additionally, the lower rear fascia boasts a debossed Daytona script and conceals the Fratzonic “exhaust.” While the fender badges may have a traditional feel, the wheels have been completely redesigned.

In its default configuration, the R/T model comes equipped with 18×8-inch wheels in Tech Silver finish, while the Daytona Scat Pack boasts larger 20×11-inch wheels with Satin Carbon coating. Later on, the Blacktop Package will become available, offering a set of 20×10-inch wheels in Black Noise color. As mentioned earlier, the Track Package offers a distinct staggered setup with 20×11- and 20×11.5-inch wheels in Luster finish.

The standard option for the roof is a shiny black finish, but buyers can opt for a full-length glass roof. When it comes to color choices, purchasers have an array of options including After Dark, Bludicrous, Destroyer Grey, Diamond Black, Peel Out, Redeye, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle. Dodge continues to excel in creating unique and entertaining paint names.

Inside the cabin, the overall design is not as drastic as originally envisioned, however, there are still notable differences. This can largely be attributed to the innovative Attitude Adjustment 64-color ambient lighting system, which boasts a unique parametric texture and wraparound layout. Additionally, the heated steering wheel has been flattened both at the top and bottom and is equipped with paddle shifters. These paddles, despite the absence of a traditional gearbox, effectively control the regenerative braking function. Other noteworthy features include a revamped pistol grip shifter and distinct badging for each model – electric vehicles will bear Daytona badges, while combustion counterparts will receive Charger emblems.

The vehicle comes with traditional cloth and vinyl upholstery as the standard option, but for extra comfort and style, heated seats made of sleek Black Nappa leather or striking Demonic Red Nappa leather are also on offer. The Plus Package, the Track Package, and the Carbon & Suede Package all include fixed headrest seats designed with a sporty aesthetic.

The interior of the cabin is both spacious and functional. As stated by the article, there is a “hidden hatch” located at the back of the car that reveals a generous 38.5 ft3 of space when the rear seats are folded down, which is a significant increase of 133% compared to the previous Charger model. In addition, even with the R-Wing in place, the front trunk, or “frunk,” still provides an extra 1.5 ft3 of storage capacity.

The Daytona R/T is equipped with a standard 10.25-inch instrument cluster, while the Scat Pack edition boasts a larger 16-inch free-floating display. These displays provide a range of layouts and customization choices to reduce distractions for the driver. In the middle, there is a spacious 12.3-inch touchscreen that comes loaded with Uconnect 5 infotainment technology, complete with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Additionally, customers have the option to add a head-up display to their vehicle.

Instead of the typical package, a nine-speaker Alpine system with 506 watts and a subwoofer comes standard, while an option of an 18-speaker system with 914 watts is offered on all versions.

Similar to the M1 and M2 buttons found in a Bimmer (not Beemer or Beamer), the One-button Push Experience allows for seamless switching between drive modes, leaving no room for excuses in case of a lost race. For those interested in high-performance driving, the Track Package comes equipped with a 1080p Drive Experience Recorder that captures audio, video, and vehicle data at 60 frames per second.

The Dodge Charger Daytona R/T is predicted to have a range of more than 317 miles, while the Daytona Scat Pack, which is faster, aims for 260 miles.

When utilizing a Level 3 DC CCS speedy charger, both vehicles can reach a 20-80% charge in approximately 27 minutes. With a 350 kW rapid charger, the R/T can gain a charging speed of approximately 9.9 miles per minute, while the Scat Pack can reach around 8.1 miles per minute. However, utilizing the slowest applicable charger, a Level 2 AC 11 kW charger, it can take up to seven hours to reach 80% charge.

The Dodge Charger Daytona, being a Stellantis offering, will now have access to the Free2Move Charge network which was launched just last July.

Stellantis also gave a sneak peek at the traditional fuel-based versions of the Charger by unveiling their performance details. While visuals were not presented, it has been confirmed that the R-Wing feature is specifically reserved for the electric Daytona models, making it simple to distinguish between the two.

According to Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, the upcoming Dodge Charger SIXPACK models will be equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six Hurricane engine, offering two combustion options. The first model, the Charger SIXPACK HO (High Output), will boast an impressive 550 horsepower, while the second model, the Charger SIXPACK SO (Standard Output), will provide a maximum of 420 horsepower. Kuniskis also added that these Hurricane engine-powered Chargers will give the Brotherhood of Muscle a gas-powered alternative that surpasses the horsepower and torque numbers of the current 5.7 and 6.4-liter Hemi engines.

Dodge has recently announced that it plans on releasing a coupe variant of its electric Charger Daytona Scat Pack and Daytona R/T by mid-2021. The four-door versions are expected to start production in the first quarter of 2025, alongside the gas-powered models of both body styles. These vehicles will all be manufactured at the Windsor Assembly Plant.

Pricing and ordering details will be provided at a future date.

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