Dodge Announces First Power Numbers for the Charger Daytona BEV Concept

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When Tim Kuniskis and the Dodge team introduced the Charger Daytona SRT® Concept – the brand’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) back during Speed Week – no power numbers were stated. Kuniskis explained that there would be 400-volt and 800-volt variants, and there were points in the press release about how the Charger EV would beat the current SRT Hellcat cars in every performance metric, but no hard numbers were given.

During a video conference call with select media last week, Kuniskis reminded the group that the Dodge Charger Daytona Concept BEV is still a concept, but he was willing to provide some concept power numbers. However, he didn’t share the numbers for the high-performance SRT Banshee model – instead giving us a look at the expected power range for all six of the 400V packages.

Dodge Charger Daytona 340 and 440

The first interesting bit of information shared on the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept is that the 800-volt SRT Banshee trim level would be joined by a pair of 400-volt trim levels, and they will all be all-wheel-drive. Those trim levels are named 340 and 440 – providing and interesting hat-tip to some classes of Charger engines while indicating the power level. The 340 stands for 340 kW and the 440 stands for 440 kW. Those numbers translate to 455 horsepower for the 340 models and 590 horsepower for the Charger 440, but as Kuniskis mentioned at the Speed Week debut, each of these models can be equipped with a Direct Connection eStage upgrade kit.

In the Charger 340 models, the Direct Connection eStage 1 kit lifts the output to 370 kW and eStage 2 leads to 400 kW – 496 and 536 horsepower, respectively. As for the Charger 440, the Direct Connection eStage 1 kit yields 470 kW and the eStage 2 kit ups the stock output to 500 kW – 630 or 670 horsepower.

Again, these are all conceptual numbers, but they are based on the brand’s very real plan to introduce a wicked Dodge Charger BEV. In base form, it could start off around 455 horsepower and in the premium 400-volt format, it could pack 670 horsepower. When coupled with all-wheel-drive, a Charger EV with 670 horsepower and yet unknown massive amounts of torque will give a current SRT Hellcat car a run for its money.

As for the 800-volt SRT Banshee models, there were no power numbers provided, but we would guess that the highest performance models would start slightly above the ceiling of the 400-volt models. In any case, the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee will also come with two optional Direct Connection eStage kits, which are likely to yield monstrous amounts of power.

A New Look at SEMA

The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept is on display at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas with a new look. Most noticeably, the body has been painted a deep metallic red and fitted with somewhat new badges, now showcasing the SRT Banshee logo on the fender along with the Stage 2 emblem. Next, Direct Connection lightweight performance wheels have been added, showcasing a new design with an aluminum center section and a barrel made of titanium and carbon fiber, leading to an incredibly light wheel that is still strong enough to handle the abuse of an electric muscle car. These wheels also feature the Direct Connection center lock conversion kit and a set of drag radials, emphasizing the quarter-mile capabilities of the Charger BEV Concept.



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