Dodge presents first electric muscle car, including exhaust sound

The US Stellantis brand Dodge has presented its first purely electric model and the first ever electric "muscle car". Although the Dodge Charger Daytona takes on an iconic name, it has little in common with its V8 predecessor.

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The new vehicle is based on the Stellantis STLA Large platform with 400-volt technology, offers up to 500 kW drive power (two motors with 250 kW each) and is designed to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. According to Stellantis, the vehicle should cover the quarter mile in an estimated 11.5 seconds.

The two electric motors are distributed between the axles, one at the front and one at the rear. All-wheel drive is standard on all new Charger models, writes Dodge. The electric all-wheel drive naturally helps with acceleration, as it offers better traction. Until now, muscle cars have tended to have rear-wheel drive only.

The battery with NCA chemistry has a gross capacity of 100.5 kWh. The peak discharge power is 550 kW – important for achieving maximum acceleration. There is also a special mode that prepares the battery for the best possible sprint time in the quarter mile. The prismatic cells should help here, as these cells are structurally more stable and offer better thermal performance. The Charger can be charged from 20 to 80 per cent in 27 minutes, which corresponds to an average charging capacity of 133 kW. The range of the Charger Daytona R/T is stated as 317 miles, with the Scat Pack it is 260 miles, or 510 and 418 kilometres, respectively.

In addition to familiar driving modes such as Auto, Eco, Sport and Wet/Snow, the Charger also offers a Drag and a Track mode. The track mode ensures maximum vehicle performance on smooth, dry surfaces, while the drag mode, which is intended for use on a closed drag strip, ensures optimum drag strip start and straight-line acceleration. There are also functions such as a drift mode and a donut mode.

The electric Charger models with the nickname Daytona have another special feature: the electric car has an exhaust sound. In fact, Dodge has invested a great deal of effort in this system; the “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust” System is even patent pending. Dodge describes the system as follows: The system uses “two passive radiators to create a unique exhaust profile with hellcat sound intensity that destroys the preconceptions of a typical quiet BEV and instead delivers a sound worthy of the Brotherhood of Muscle.”

The Dodge Charger Daytona comes in two versions (Scat Pack and R/T) as well as a two-door and a four-door version. It will be produced at the Windsor (Ontario) plant – initially the two-door version from mid-2024 and the four-door version from the first quarter of 2025.

Also in 2025, Dodge will utilise another feature of the STLA Large: As it is a multi-energy platform, combustion drives are also possible. The Dodge Charger Sixpack will then be powered by a three-litre six-cylinder engine in two power levels.


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