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Key findings

  • Dodge is kicking off the EV revolution with the all-electric Charger Daytona concept for 2025.
  • The upcoming Daytona Electric Charger will have an 800-volt electric powertrain that will produce 805 hp. in basic form and capable of reaching 900 hp. with an update.
  • While the electric drivetrain is impressive, it still falls short of the Demon 170’s 1,025-hp Hemi V8 supercharged power output.


It is safe to say that we are slowly but surely coming to terms with what is happening electric car revolution in 2024. Of course, we are sad, just like everyone else Dodge and Chevrolet will phase out V8 muscle cars by 2024, but times are changing and the regulatory push to lower emissions means the auto industry must adapt.


While there’s still no word on the Camaro’s future, Dodge has made a hasty move into the world of electric vehicles. muscle carsfirst showing off its 2025 Dodge Charger Daytona concept back in 2022. Pre-production spy shots show that some of the original concept has been retained, and despite rumors of an internal combustion engine option, Dodge appears to remain steadfast in its commitment to an all-electric future.


Fortunately for us old-school V8 fans, digital artist BradBuilds is close at hand with his Dodge Charger Concept rendering of the Daytona with the 1025 hp Demon 170 “Hellephant” engine. Looking like a cross between a futuristic stock car and a street drift car, this rendering makes us imagine how good the new Charger could look when automakers get their hands on it in 2025.

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Even Dodge’s upcoming Banshee transmission can’t match the Demon 170

2023 Dodge Demon 170 vs 2025 Dodge Charger Daytona EV Powertrain Specs

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170

Dodge Charger Daytona EV 340 kW

Dodge Charger Daytona EV 440 kW

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee

power unit

6.2-liter supercharged V8

400 V electric transmission

400-volt electric power unit

800 V electric transmission

Basic power

900 hp (Gasoline)

455 hp

590 hp

805 hp

Upgradeable output power

1025 hp (E85)

495 hp, 535 hp

630 hp, 670 hp

850 hp, 900 hp


(figures provided Stellantis)


It’s safe to say that Mopar fans weren’t too happy when Dodge announced that it would ditch the Hemi V8 in favor of an electric powertrain for the next generation of muscle cars. However, to appease fans, Dodge has announced that the range-topping 2025 Charger Daytona will feature an 800-volt electric powertrain that will produce 805 hp. in basic form and capable of reaching 900 hp. with the 2nd stage update package.

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While it’s certainly impressive when competing against the rest of the Hellcat Redeye’s power figures, it’s still no match for the Demon 170’s frankly ridiculous 1025-hp 6.2-liter Hemi V8. Sound, or lack thereof, is also a major point of contention in the ICE vs. EV debate.


Dodge tries to compensate for this with its own Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system. however, it has received a mixed response so far. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love the sound of the Demon 170, however, combining the Hemi’s guttural roar with the supercharger’s high-pitched whine to create a sound unlike any other.

This Charger Daytona Render has received a motorsport inspired overhaul

Dodge Charger Daytona EV Key rendering details

  • Digital artist BradBuilds has overhauled the all-electric Charger Daytona concept with the addition of a 1,025-horsepower Hellephant Hemi engine.
  • Although Dodge has announced its Banshee powerplant for the upcoming Charger, it’s not as powerful or sonorous as the Hemi V8 of the past.
  • While the rendering keeps the body largely unchanged, Bard has removed many of the more futuristic design elements and added some old-school motorsport elements
  • Brad’s rendering continues Dodge’s design philosophy of negative space, with all mechanical components now on full display


Styling-wise, Brad took away about as much as he added with this Charger Daytona rendering, continuing Dodge’s negative space design language. While the body itself seems a bit wider than the concept, the only addition is a large side skirt that gives the Charger a little extra depth. The front overhang also appears to be slightly shorter, and the side of the front brace is now slimmer and taller.

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Meanwhile, Brad removed the cyberpunk-style front and rear light bars, rear diffuser section and side windows, adding a small mesh inside to look like a stock NASCAR car. The interior also mixes old and new with a retro motorsport-style dashboard and steel roll cage combined with a futuristic-looking single corner racing seat. The whole machine sits on a lowered suspension and sits on Rotiform SNA wheels wrapped in Toyo tires. Finishing off the Charger’s look is this gray color paint that adorns every body panel.

Will Dodge ever build a muscle car with a powerful engine in the future?

A gray 2025 Dodge Charger Daytona Concept in a front-end shot rendering
BradBuilds


The simple answer is probably no, unfortunately. While there’s a valid debate about how environmentally friendly electric cars are, the powers that be at the EPA and the EU’s Euro7 committee have set pretty aggressive targets for the future of the car.


There was a glimmer of hope last year when a photo from the Charger production line was leaked that showed a shell with a transmission tunnel, prompting the Internet to speculate about the possibility of a Hurricane inline-six engine. However, neither Dodge nor Stellantis’ parent company have yet confirmed anything. That being said, never say never, and if Dodge doesn’t, someone will inevitably retrofit the Hellcat engine into the new Charger anyway.


Sources: Instagram @ bradbuilds, Stellantis

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