Crown Royal: Dodge Rolls Out Charger King Daytona- With 807 Horsepower

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
crown royal dodge rolls out charger king daytona with 807 horsepower

In the long parade that is the series of Dodge ‘Last Call’ special edition cars celebrating, we find the 2023 Charger King Daytona as the second-to-last entrant in their big send-off party. For the occasion, gearheads at Dodge have cranked the wick on a Hellcat Redeye engine to an eye-popping 807 horsepower.

Yes, you read that correctly. One can now sign their name to a blazing orange (called Go Mango, to be precise) four-door sedan with in excess of 800 horsepower under its bulging hood. We’ll be telling our grandchildren about these days in the year 2060. And, yes – this sum is 10 ponies more than the now frankly underpowered and completely useless Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye which makes a trifling 797 horses.

Why’s it called the King? If your mind immediately went to Richard Petty’s association with Dodge back in the day (and then idly wondered why this thing isn’t painted B5 Blue), then you’re not alone; this author thought the same. In reality, the 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona traces its lineage to a famous monarch of the ‘60s and ‘70s West Coast drag-racing scene. A dude by the name of “Big Willie” Robinson nicknamed his 1969 Dodge Charger “King Daytona” and used it not only in claiming victory at the drag strip but also in keeping racers on the track and off the streets. Good enough, then.

In addition to the power bump, this car gets the usual smattering of styling addenda, including satin black exterior graphics and 20-inch wheels hiding six-piston Brembo-branded brake calipers. You’ll have noticed the Mopar hood pin kit by now, plus the so-called ‘satin chrome’ badging and black spoiler. Inside are trappings that have become part and parcel of these special editions such as accent stitching to match the exterior, a suede headliner, and a banging sound system.

Only 300 of the 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona “Last Call” models will be produced, all based on the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody in vivid Go Mango exterior color. Like all the other ‘Last Call’ cars, their allocation will be spelled out on for all to see when vehicle ordering opens later this autumn.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Sep 17, 2022

    The amazing part of that 807 HP is that you have a drivable car. In the days of old anything similar would be useless on the street.

  • SnarkyRichard SnarkyRichard on Sep 17, 2022

    If and when I win the lottery I will ignore this car and get something with the Lexus brand on it . Preferably without a huge fish mouth gaping grill .

    • John Williams John Williams on Sep 18, 2022

      Don't kid yourself. You're getting a fleet of Ferraris, a literal mountain of coke and a retinue of the finest ladies of the night one can muster.

  • Stanley Steamer There have been other concepts with BYOT, that I have always thought was a great idea. Replacing bespoke parts is expensive. If I can plug in a standard 17" monitor to serve as my instrument panel, as well as speakers, radio, generic motors, batteries, I'm for it. Cheaper repair, replacement, or upgrade costs. Heck I'd even like to put in my own comfy seats. My house didn't come with a built in LaZboy. The irony is that omitting these bespoke items at the point of sale allows me to create a more bespoke car as a whole. It's hard to imagine what an empty rolling monocoque chassis would look like capable of having powertrains and accessories easily bolted on in my garage, but something like the Bollinger suv comes to mind.
  • Iam65689044 Sometimes I'm glad the French don't sell in America. This is one of those times.
  • SCE to AUX I was going to scoff, but the idea has some merit.The hard part would be keeping the weight and cost down. Even on the EPA cycle, this thing could probably get over 210 miles with that battery.But the cost - it's too tempting to bulk up the product for profits. What might start as a $22k car quickly becomes $30k.Resource-deprived people can't buy it then, anyway, and where will Kyle get the electricity to charge it in 2029 Los Angeles?
  • SPPPP How does one under-report emissions by 115 percent? If you under-report by 100 percent, that means you said your company's products and operations cause no emissions at all, right? Were these companies claiming that their operations and products clean the air, leaving it better than when they got there?On the other hand, if someone was trying to say that the true emissions number is 115 percent higher than was reported, then the actual under-reporting value would be 53.5 percent. True emissions would be set at a nominal value of 100. The reported emissions would be 46.5. Take 115 percent of 46.5 and you get 53.5. Add 46.5 and 53.5 together and you get back to 100.A skim of the linked article indicates that the second reading is correct - meaning the EU is *actually claiming* that the worst offender (Hyundai and Kia) under-reported by 53.5 percent, and VW under-reported by 36.7 percent ((1 - (100/158))*100).I find it also funny that the EU group is basically complaining that the estimated lifetimes of Toyota vehicles are too short at 100,000km. Sure, the vehicles may be handed down from original purchasers and serve for a longer time than that. But won't that hand-me-down resale also displace an even older vehicle, which probably gets worse emissions? The concept doesn't sound that unreasonable.
  • Brendan Pataky Yeesh that's depressing. But remember, this will stop the hurricanes, or something