Dodge unveils Charger EV idea that’s quicker and louder than a Hellcat – TechCrunch

Dodge revealed Wednesday an EV idea that appears — and even sounds — just like the gas-powered Charger muscle automotive that might be discontinued subsequent 12 months.

The 2-door Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea — the Daytona identify a nod to its gas-powered ancestor’s 200 mph NASCAR observe milestone — is not only a design train, based on the Stellantis model. The Charger EV idea unveiled at M1Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan throughout Dodge Pace Week occasion collection is a placeholder of types for the manufacturing model coming in 2024. Dodge has been speaking about this present day since no less than final summer time, however now customers are beginning to see precisely what the automaker has in thoughts.

It’s unclear simply how a lot of the idea proven Wednesday will make it to the ultimate manufacturing model. An organization spokesperson did inform TechCrunch that “we name it an idea … it is vitally near manufacturing.” Which implies it’s value taking a more in-depth have a look at the idea that may change the gas-powered model.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea

Like so many ideas, the automaker didn’t share particulars on pricing. It did share plenty of specs and design particulars, which clearly makes use of among the unique Dodge Charger DNA.

Dodge emphasizes three important areas that it says will “rewrite the foundations” of the battery electrical section: a entrance R-wing that acts as an aerodynamic pass-through, a multi-speed transmission with electro-mechanical shifting and at last, an exhaust that may attain 126 decibels. Sure, the automaker put an “exhaust” on an EV and gave it a dB that may make it as loud as a Hellcat-powered Dodge by pushing sound via an amplifier and tuning chamber situated on the rear of the car.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept EV

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea’s R-Wing is an homage to the unique Charger Daytona design. It’s included into the hood and permits air to stream via the entrance opening, enhancing downforce. Picture credit score: Dodge/Stellantis

Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge model underneath Stellantis, didn’t mince phrases in a press release when he stated “Charger Daytona does greater than outline the place Dodge is headed, it’ll redefine American muscle within the course of.”

That’s an formidable goal and Dodge’s bar for achievement seems to start out with the upcoming EV exceeding the facility, efficiency and sound of the gas-powered Dodge SRT Hellcat.

Like its gas-powered brethren, the propulsion system within the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea even will get some particular branding. The 800v propulsion system, dubbed Banshee, makes the EV quicker than a Hellcat in all key efficiency measures, based on Dodge.  The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Idea additionally has a typical all-wheel drive and on push-button on the steering wheel referred to as PowerShot that may produce an additional burst of horsepower.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV Concept

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV Idea has an lluminated three-pointed Fratzog badge, Picture credit score: Dodge/Stellantis

Dodge pulled from its previous when it designed the Charger EV idea regardless that it has plenty of fashionable components, just like the R-wing, a extra aerodynamic form and its panoramic glass roof. A number of the historic nods embody a white illuminated three-pointed Fratzog badge that was initially featured on Dodge muscle vehicles from 1962 via 1976. Then there’s the entrance grille with its vertical particulars which might be paying homage to the 1968 Dodge Charger. The automaker’s designers took that 1968 grille design and pulled into the inside textures as properly.

Contained in the car are lots of the fashionable touches one expects in a brand new EV, together with a 12.3-inch heart display, a curved 16-inch instrument cluster and a 8-by-3-inch Head-up Show (HUD).

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