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Nameplate Resurrection: Daytona Returns in the 2025 Dodge Charger

Published January 4, 2024 at 10:36

The latest chapter in the Dodge Charger saga unfolds as the last Hemi V8 model bid farewell last year, paving the way for the 2025 Charger's arrival.

While the curtain falls on traditional V8s, a new era dawns with an electrifying twist – the Charger Daytona SRT EV. The official details, blended with rumors, sketch a compelling narrative.

Under the hood, the million-dollar question is met with a resounding confirmation of an all-electric powertrain. The showstopper is the 800-volt Banshee, an AWD powerhouse boasting 800 to potentially 900 horsepower.

Dodge tantalized enthusiasts at SEMA with a spectrum of nine powertrain options, including a 400-volt "base trim" offering 455 horsepower. Yet, the specifics remain veiled, leaving room for speculation on more conventional Charger iterations.

Amidst whispers of an electric-only future, rumors persistently swirl about internal combustion engines coexisting, potentially housing a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter "Hurricane" inline-six.

Dodge's response oscillates from a firm denial to a mysterious "no comment," adding an air of intrigue to the Charger's powertrain saga.

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Design cues echo the Charger's heritage, with the Daytona SRT EV Concept hinting at a return to the classic two-door silhouette.

While a production-ready appearance is teased, the prospect of an internal combustion variant introduces the possibility of a distinct redesign, considering the challenges posed by accommodating traditional engines beneath the hood.

The auditory experience promises a blend of the past and the future, with Dodge's Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust generating an electronic symphony reminiscent of muscle car glory.

Despite the EV platform, the Charger aims to echo the visceral growl of a Hellcat V8.

As for nomenclature, the Charger resurrects the iconic Daytona nameplate. Unconfirmed reports suggest that all-electric models could bear the Daytona moniker, leaving the Charger name exclusive to combustion counterparts – a speculative twist in the naming game.

The grand debut of the 2025 Dodge Charger is anticipated towards the end of 2024, ushering in a new automotive era. While the pricing curtain remains drawn, the departing Charger's sub-$40,000 starting point hints at an accessible entry for potential combustion-powered models, with the all-electric Banshee soaring into the six-figure realm.

As the Charger saga continues, enthusiasts eagerly await the next electrifying chapter.

Credits: Motor1
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