By TechThop Team
Posted on: 18 Aug, 2022
A new concept car called the Charger Daytona SRT was unveiled by Dodge on Wednesday as a preview of its first electric muscle car, expected to arrive in 2024.
As the first look at the upcoming replacement for Dodge's gas-powered Challenger and Charger muscle cars, the two-door coupe gives us a peek at what to expect. In addition to the new technologies, the car has several traditional muscle car features.
At a media briefing, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said: 'This car will redefine American muscle.' Dodge is known for its 700-plus horsepower Hellcat models.
The concept vehicle looks like an aerodynamic, yet muscular, version of the current Dodge Challenger. The company calls the opening for air through the front end an 'R-Wing.'.
Among the patents pending are the front wing, the Fretzonic Chambered Exhaust and the eRupt multispeed transmission, which were inspired by 'Back to the Future' movies.
The purpose of concept vehicles is to gauge customer interest or show the future direction of a vehicle or brand. It is not intended for the vehicles to be sold to consumers.It's expected that many of the Charger Daytona SRT's technologies and design elements will make it into production.
In 2024, Kuniskis expects there to be three different performance levels for the electric muscle car, but that number will eventually be expanded to nine. It is powered by an 800-volt 'Banshee' electric motor.
As for the upcoming production muscle car, Dodge declined to provide performance specs.It is intended to preserve the sound and driving characteristics of Dodge's current gas-powered Charger and Challenger for any future all-electric muscle cars, said Kuniskis.
If it's gonna happen, we'll do it like Dodge,' Kuniskis said. I'm not going there and doing the same thing. If we do what everyone else does, Dodge will get lost.'
An amplifier and tuning chamber located at the rear of the concept Charger push sound through an exhaust system as loud as a Hellcat engine, according to Kuniskis. The chambers and pipes reminded him of a wind organ.
A S&P Global principal analyst, Stephanie Brinley, believes the innovations will enable Dodge to maintain its performance characteristics while keeping its buyers happy.'It is exactly what I expected from a Dodge EV two-door,' she said. In my opinion, it looks the part, sounds the part, and is pretty exciting.
In 1962 through 1976, Dodge used a logo called the 'Fratzog,' a word that was invented by the designer. The deltoid is made up of three arrowhead shapes that form a three-pointed star.
In terms of electric range, some of the design elements and technologies will affect the vehicles, although Dodge is not necessarily concerned about it.
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