Dodge Charger Daytona EV concept shown in profile in red.Dodge is electric. America’s most gasoline-soaked automaker spent 2022 preparing believers for the big shift with the Brotherhood of Muscle switching from V8s to Volts.

The Charger and Challenger are on their way to retire at the end of 2023. Each gets a series of Last Call specials, then their place in the history books.

This summer, Dodge showed a concept car that demonstrates the type of electric vehicles (EVs) it will replace. The Charger Daytona SRT Concept wears the same muscular, plump look as the tallest breed of Dodge muscle cars. But it is powered by electrons rather than explosions.

This week, the world will get a second look at the car, along with the first set of specs that hint at what it could do.

Dodge Charger Daytona EV Concept in red.

Now in red, probably in dealerships

The setting is SEMA 2022 – the Las Vegas Specialty Equipment Market Association Convention – where automakers and aftermarket parts suppliers showcase heavily modified concept cars that show off all the creative improvements they’ll bring to tuner stores around the world.

Warning – Dodge hasn’t officially said the Challenger Daytona concept will reach production. So we can’t officially promise that the car you see above will appear at a lot of dealerships. But it’s more polished than many concept cars, so we doubt something quite a bit like it will hit a lot of sales in the next few years.

This time around, it’ll appear in Stryker red on matte black wheels.

Three power levels, each with upgrades

More importantly, Dodge provided some performance details.

In the concept’s debut, Dodge said it could be offered in nine potential configurations. The company will bring three to SEMA.

It includes, Dodge says, two 400-volt versions that make a 456-hp and 590-horsepower version, and the “yet-to-be-announced, factory-delivered SRT Banshee powertrain package with the 800-volt power level.”

Dodge says a series of upgrade packages, called eStage 1 and 2, can be offered as over-the-air downloads on each. They will provide horsepower boosts creating three steps for each power level.

The company did not say how many electric motors the Daytona uses. Many automakers are offering multiple power levels to their electric vehicles by adding more motors as prices go up. If Dodge took this method, the lower end might be a rear-wheel drive model with only one electric motor on the rear axle. More powerful models may be all-wheel drive, with one for each axle. But we expect.

The company did not provide any details on the range or shipping times.

Still tuning this exhaust note

Dodge explained that the Daytona is still in development.

The vehicle features the first exhaust system to be installed in an electric vehicle. It’s a series of tubes covered underneath that uses actual airflow to produce sound rather than the external loudspeakers some electric vehicles use.

Dodge plans to get feedback from attendees at SEMA about the noise the car’s unique exhaust system should make. At its first appearance in August, we found the note a bit too high for our tastes, so we’re glad to hear it’s still subject to change.

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