Dodge Puts Horsepower Numbers to Charger Daytona SRT Concept

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
dodge puts horsepower numbers to charger daytona srt concept

Earlier this year, the speed freaks at Dodge rolled out their Charger Daytona SRT Concept car, an all-electric glimpse into the brand’s future. At the time much noise (literal and figurative) was made about its style and so-called Fratzonic chambered exhaust – the latter remains the source of much debate.

What they didn’t tell us were power numbers – until now.

Dodge is illustrating a stair-step approach to its electrified performance, with a 400-volt system bringing entry levels of output in two flavors plus an 800-volt SRT Banshee powertrain package which will likely turn sets of rear tires into copious amounts of fine rubber dust. Think of their current Challenger menu – SXT V6, up through the R/T 5.7L and Scat Pack 6.4L onto the Hellcat range – and you’ve got the general idea of where they’re going with their EVs.

First out of the gate is a 400-volt system, offered in two basic output levels. The ‘340’ base trim will generate 455 horsepower, capable of being boosted to 495 hp or 535 hp with eStage 1 and eStage 2 kits, respectively. More on them in a moment. Next up the ladder is a ‘440’ base trim good for 590 ponies but upgradeable to 630- and 670-horse outputs with the eStage products. Sitting atop the heap is an 800-volt system whose power outputs Dodge is not yet ready to disclose but will surely crest the four-figure mark.

Compared to its present roster of internally combusted Challengers, the horsepower ladder seems to jump in similar increments but starts a lot higher up the scale. A base SXT makes about 300 horses; the least powerful 400-volt configuration, at 455 ponies, outstrips the existing R/T 5.7L and damn near beats the 6.4L Scat Pack. Despite what some of us say about the ‘scourge of electric cars’, they certainly do post some hearty numbers in the right hands.

Speaking of numbers, it is our opinion that the base trim notations of ‘340’ and ‘440’ are smart choices since they are digits that some gearheads of a certain age will readily associate with cubic inch displacements. Shrewd. This time around, they refer to the base output in kilowatts, a measure few of us this side of the pond have yet to inject in our brains as a replacement for horsepower. Those ‘eStage’ kits mentioned earlier will be upgrades that use a crystal key, one that plugs into the dash to unlock the extra horses and is tied to the car’s specific VIN. We’ll see how long it takes a 12-year-old computer hacker to get around that little stipulation.

You’ll have also noticed the Charger Daytona SRT Concept now wears a tasty coat of Stryker Red paint, a hue with which it should have been introduced instead of the dour grey which was flaunted back in August. The car will be on display at the SEMA Show in Vegas all this week.

[Image: Stellantis]

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  • Doug Dye Doug Dye on Nov 02, 2022

    Chrysler/ Dodge has a fantastic new turbo six but hasn't added it to anything other than a really expensive Jeep for some reason. That engine should be offered in a bunch of new models!

  • MrIcky MrIcky on Nov 02, 2022

    1st on sound: it doesn't sound like a vacuum cleaner. There is a lot of deep bass and sub bass. I guess I'll decide when I hear it in person but I'd bet it's startling when it fires up. Considering that electric vehicles are now *required* to emit sound but the kind of sound is not specified- it's a hell of a lot better than beeping like a delivery truck in reverse. I would guess that it's defeatable but only after 30kph. There is probably a way to tone it down.

    2nd if Dodge was only going to put the inline 6 in this there would be just as many people b1+ching as with electric because v8 or nothing bro.

    I own a 14 Challenger rt and it's been a great car. I wish things could stay the same, but since they can't- it seems like Dodge is at least trying to do this the right way and stay true to brand identity. I like that it 'shifts', I like that it does some borderline obnoxious things with a smirk, I like that it's on the larger side. Hope it ends up being implemented well.

    I also remember the best and brightest saying there's no way Dodge could ever put together an electric car- too late, too dumb, (insert out of date dodge quality comment here). Guess we'll see, but looks like they figured something out.

  • Varezhka Given how long the Mitsubishi USA has been in red, that's a hard one. I mean, this company has been losing money in all regions *except* SE Asia and Oceania ever since they lost the commercial division to Daimler.I think the only reason we still have the brand is A) Mitsubishi conglomerate's pride won't allow it B) US still a source of large volume for the company, even if they lose money on each one and C) it cost too much money to pull out and no one wants to take responsibility. If I was the head of Mitsubishi's North American operation and retreat was not an option, I think my best bet would be to reduce overhead by replacing all the cars with rebadged Nissans built in Tennessee and Mexico.As much as I'd like to see the return of Triton, Pajero Sport (Montero Sport to you and me), and Delica I'm sure that's more nostalgia and grass is greener thing than anything else.
  • Varezhka If there's one (small) downside to the dealer not being allowed to sell above MSRP, it's that now we get a lot of people signing up for the car with zero intention of keeping the car they bought. We end up with a lot of "lightly used" examples on sale for a huge mark-up, including those self-purchased by the dealerships themselves. I'm sure this is what we'll end up seeing with GR Corolla in Japan as well.This is also why the Land Cruiser has a 4 year waitlist in Japan (36K USD starting MSRP -> buy and immediately flip for 10, 20K more -> profit) I'm not sure if there's a good solution for this apart from setting the MSRP higher to match what the market allows, though this lottery system is probably as close as we can get.
  • Jeff S @Lou_BC--Unrelated to this article but of interest I found this on You Tube which explains why certain vehicles are not available in the US because of how the CAFE measures fuel standards. I remember you commenting on this a few years ago on another article on TTAC. The 2023 Chevrolet Montana is an adorable small truck that's never coming to the USA. It's not because of the 1.2L engine, or that Americans aren't interested in small trucks, it's that fuel economy legislation effectively prevents small trucks from happening. What about the Maverick? It's not as small as you think. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy is the real reason trucks in America are all at least a specific dimension. Here's how it works and why it means no tiny trucks for us.
  • Gabe A new retro-styled Montero as their halo vehicle to compete against the Bronco, Wrangler and 4Runner. Boxy, round headlights like the 1st generation, two door and four door models, body on frame.A compact, urban truck, Mighty Max, to compete against the Maverick. Retro-styled like the early 90s Mighty Max.A new Outlander Sport as more of a wagon/crossover to compete against the Crosstrek and Kona. Needs to have more power (190+ HP) and a legit transmission, no CVT.A new Eclipse hybrid to compete against the upcoming redesigned Prius. Just match the Prius's specs and make it look great.Drop the Eclipse Cross, I am not sure why they wanted to resurrect the Pontiac Aztec. Keep the Mirage and keep it cheap, make the styling better and up the wheel size. The Outlander seems fine.I like the idea of some sort of commercial vehicle, something similar in size to the Promaster City but with AWD.
  • El scotto Will Ford ever stop putting a V-8 in Mustang GT's? Not as long as Bill Ford is around. I haven't shopped for an F-150 in years; can you still get a V-8 in one? Y'all have that one pair of really comfortable shoes you wear when you go shopping? Not buying gas and low maintenance will make EVs your comfortable shoes. Virtual signalling? Naw, they're slip-ons.