2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Debuts

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Today, Dodge debuted the highly anticipated next-generation Charger, confirming speculation surrounding its powertrain options. Both electric and combustion-powered versions will coexist, each with unique branding. The electric lineup is represented by the Charger Daytona models, while the combustion variants will bear the “Sixpack” designation. Despite the divergence in power sources, Dodge’s CEO Tim Kuniskis asserts that the Charger remains a muscle car at its core, regardless of the propulsion method.

The Charger Daytona is set to hit production this year, boasting formidable power figures. The base model churns out up to 496 horsepower, while a more potent version boasts an impressive 670 hp, with all-wheel drive configurations available for both electric and combustion models. Dodge claims that the top-tier Charger Daytona is the quickest and most powerful muscle car globally, excluding the high-performance Banshee slated for release the following year.

The Charger Daytona comes in two trims: R/T and Scat Pack. Both variants share a 100.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack and a dual-motor layout, delivering substantial power. Riding on Stellantis’ STLA Large platform, the Charger Daytona achieves a near 50/50 weight distribution, enhancing its handling dynamics.

Despite its substantial weight of 5,838 pounds, Dodge equips the Charger Daytona with a sizable tire package, including 20-inch wheels with wide tires and high-performance brakes. The electric Charger Daytona incorporates advanced features like a wheel end disconnect to improve range and efficiency, with the R/T boasting a range of 317 miles and the Scat Pack managing 260 miles between charges.

Performance enthusiasts will appreciate the Charger Daytona’s impressive acceleration, with the Scat Pack achieving a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds and an 11.5-second quarter-mile run. Dodge offers various driving modes, including a race prep system designed to optimize battery performance for track use.

Interestingly, the Charger Daytona’s power figures come with a caveat. Pressing the “PowerShot” button on the steering wheel provides a temporary boost of 40 horsepower, reminiscent of a nitrous-oxide system, albeit with a cooldown period between uses. Dodge also offers Direct Connection upgrade kits for added power, further enhancing the Charger Daytona’s performance.

The Charger Daytona’s exterior design closely resembles the previously showcased SRT EV concept, featuring a bold and aggressive stance. The interior blends digital technology with retro-inspired elements, offering a range of customization options and advanced driver-assist features.

As for the combustion-powered Charger Sixpack set to debut in 2025, Dodge remains tight-lipped about details, only confirming its inclusion on the same platform as the electric variant.

The Charger Daytona R/T and Scat Pack are expected to launch this summer, with four-door models slated for release in early 2025. While pricing details are yet to be revealed, anticipation surrounds the Charger Daytona’s entry into the performance car market, signaling an electrifying future for Dodge’s iconic muscle car lineup.


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