Dodge Charger will live on as a new EV and a gas-powered muscle car

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack EV

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DETROIT — Dodge will not abandon its conventional, gearhead, high-octane Charger and Challenger house owners with its next-generation muscle automotive.

The automaker on Tuesday revealed the brand new Dodge Charger as an all-electric automobile in addition to a next-generation gas-powered muscle automotive. It would be the first all-electric automotive from Dodge.

The conventional automotive has been in query since late 2022, when Dodge mentioned manufacturing of the longstanding Charger and Challenger can be discontinued on the finish of final yr. At that point, the corporate mentioned an EV would substitute them, declining to debate the potential for future fuel fashions.

Offering EV and gas-powered variations of the automobile will enable Dodge to be extra versatile on the subject of manufacturing, as gross sales of all-electric autos have been rising extra slowly than anticipated. More gas- and electric-powered Chargers, together with a “Banshee” EV, will comply with the preliminary autos.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack EV

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Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis referred to as the EV a “game changer in the industry.” The new gas-powered fashions, in the meantime, will outperform their V-6 engine predecessors, in addition to a number of the V-8 variants.

“We’re taking the performance of the ‘golden age’ that you know today that you judge everything by and we’re taking the technology of the future to make sure [the Dodge brothers’] legacy doesn’t die,” Kuniskis mentioned throughout a media briefing. “The Banshee is going to be our ultimate performer.”

Two- and four-door fashions

The 2024 Charger EV, referred to as the Daytona, is anticipated to go on sale this summer season with as much as 670 horsepower, 627 foot-pounds of peak torque and a 0-60 mph time of three.3 seconds.

The two-door EV variations can be first, adopted by four-door fashions in the course of the first quarter of subsequent yr. The gas-powered Chargers with a brand new inline-six engine are anticipated to go on sale in 2025.

All fashions of the next-generation Charger will finally are available in two- and four-door variants to exchange the four-door Dodge Charger and two-door Challenger.

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Pricing for the EV and gas-powered fashions can be introduced nearer to their manufacturing, Kuniskis mentioned. Current beginning costs for the Charger and Challenger fuel fashions vary between roughly $33,000 and $96,000.

Both the EV and fuel fashions will finally are available in two- and four-door variants to exchange the four-door Dodge Charger and two-door Challenger. That change is anticipated to scale back components and prices — following a mandate from Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, which owns Dodge, to his model executives.

Dodge mentioned all EV and fuel fashions will share inside and exterior designs, which additionally ought to assist with manufacturing complexity and decrease prices.

When requested whether or not the EV can be worthwhile, Kuniskis reiterated feedback made by Tavares that the corporate will not promote electrified autos at a loss with the intention to increase gross sales or meet federal gas financial system requirements.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack EV

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As many manufacturers lately switched to smaller and extra fuel-efficient engines, Dodge rolled out Hellcat fashions and different high-performance autos. Such fashions helped generate consideration for the model however did not assist the automaker’s carbon footprint, forcing it to purchase carbon credit from automakers similar to Tesla.

Stellantis’ “Dare Forward 2030” strategic plan contains transferring towards electrified and extra environment friendly propulsion techniques, chopping its international carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 and main the transportation trade by attaining web carbon zero by 2038.

Kuniskis mentioned there aren’t any plans for V-8 or plug-in hybrid electrical fashions for the brand new Charger, which can be produced at a Stellantis meeting plant in Windsor, Ontario, in Canada.

Dodge Charger Daytona

The Charger Daytona EV will initially be supplied in “R/T” and “Scat Pack” fashions with 496 horsepower and 670 horsepower, respectively. The ranges on a full cost are anticipated to be 317 miles for the R/T and 260 miles for the Scat Pack, Dodge mentioned.

A characteristic referred to as “PowerShot” can be commonplace on Charger Daytona fashions, delivering an extra 40 horsepower for 15 seconds when activated.

Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis unveils the Charger Daytona SRT electrical muscle automotive idea on Aug. 17, 2022 in Pontiac, Mich.  

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“We are going to displace superchargers and replace them with kilowatts and PowerShots,” Kuniskis mentioned.

The design of the brand new Charger is closely based mostly on an idea automotive Dodge revealed in August 2022. It is a contemporary, but retro, model of the present Dodge Challenger with a extra aerodynamic design that is nonetheless muscular. Most notably, the entrance finish options a big opening for air to move by way of, which the corporate is looking an “R-Wing.”

Kuniskis mentioned the idea automotive was the “production car hiding in plain sight” in an try and get clients used to the brand new design.

Dodge continues to be engaged on how the EV will sound, Kuniskis mentioned. The purpose is to aim to retain the roaring sound and driving traits of Dodge’s present gas-powered Charger and Challenger.

The “Fratzog” brand on the “R-Wing” of the 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack EV.

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While EVs could be quick, with a “linear acceleration” that produces astonishing 0-60 mph occasions, they usually lack the driving dynamics that many efficiency automotive house owners get pleasure from. It’s an issue auto executives have privately been making an attempt to unravel because the trade transitions to EVs.

The gas-powered Charger can be powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbo “Hurricane” inline six-cylinder engine that powers different Stellantis autos such because the Jeep Wagoneer and Ram 1500.

The solely distinction within the EVs and fuel autos might be the usage of a “Fratzog” cut up deltoid brand for EVs fairly than Dodge’s present twin racing stripes. Kuniskis mentioned the corporate continues to be figuring out whether or not to make use of the Fratzog — a made-up phrase initially utilized by Dodge from 1962 by way of 1976 — for the fuel fashions.