2024 Dodge Charger Daytona: The muscle car goes electric

Colin
By Colin Wood
Mar 5, 2024 | Dodge, R/T, ev, Dodge Charger, electric car, Scat Pack, Charger Daytona

Photography Courtesy Dodge

Of course, the first all-electric vehicle from Dodge is a muscle car. Meet the all-new 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona.

Power output starts at 456 horsepower and 404 lb.-ft. of torque for the R/T, with the Scat Pack model rated at 630 horsepower and 627 lb.-ft. of torque. Zero-to-60 is listed at 4.7 seconds for the R/T and 3.3 seconds for the Scat Pack.

Dodge adds that the R/T and Scat Pack can complete the quarter-mile in 13.1 seconds and 11.5 seconds, respectively.

All EV Charger models get multi-link front and integral link rear suspension–as well as all-wheel-drive–though the R/T gets 13.9-inch front and 13.7-inch rear vented discs. Go up to the Scat Pack, and you get 14.9-inch front and 14.1-inch rear vented discs.

Still not enough brakes for you? There’s an optional Track Pack that offers 16.1-inch vented discs on all four corners, with a two-piece setup up front, that can be added to the Scat Pack. (Scat Track Pack? Track Scat Pack? Say that 10 times fast.)

Dodge doesn’t offer many specifics as far as tire sizing but does note the R/T comes with 18x8-inch wheels as standard and seems all too willing to brag about offering the “biggest tire package used to date,” an optional staggered setup comprised of 305/35R20 front and 325/35R20 rear Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires mounted on 20-inch wheels available with the Track Package.

Driving modes for economy as well as wet and snowy conditions are standard across the lineup, though opting for the Scat Pack guarantees a Track Mode that “produces maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces” and a Drag Mode that “provides optimal dragstrip launch and straight-line acceleration.” That latter of the two is, of course, Dodge says is “intended for use on an enclosed dragstrip.”

Dodge also offers “more options than ever to explore muscle car performance” that will definitely only be used at the track or an enclosed drag strip:

  • Donut Mode: Enables the vehicle to spin only the rear wheels and to rotate around either of the front wheels without intervention from the traction control system.
  • Drift Mode: The driver can select three levels of slip angle, and torque is rear-axle biased, using the front axle to help maintain slip angle. Front dampers become full soft and rear dampers go full stiff to enable an oversteer condition, and the traction control system allows for different wheel speed differentials without setting fault codes.
  • Line Lock: Gives the driver the ability to lock the front wheels, remove torque from the front axle and spin the rear tires to clean and warm up the tires before a launch event.
  • Launch Control: Provides optimal straight-line acceleration from a stationary start, with five selectable level of launch intensity.
  • Race Prep: The new Charger debuts Dodge-exclusive methods for race prep, for drag racing or track racing. With energy demand shorter in drag racing, the race prep system supports optimum energy output through a warmer battery. Track-racing needs require a longer energy drain which heats the battery, prompting the race prep system to achieve a colder start temperature, allowing more time for the battery to heat up and allowing for more track time. Race prep pages include information on the battery level, thermal level and the time remaining for the battery to achieve race readiness.

Charging from a Level 2 charger, the R/T and Scat Pack can be charged from 5% to 80% in little under 7 hours or 20% to 80% in just over 5 hours. Head to a 350 kW DC fast charger, however, and those times drop to just 52 minutes to go from 5% to 80% and 27 minutes to go from 20% to 80%.

As far as range, the Charger Daytona R/T is reported to be capable of 317 miles, though that number is reduced to 260 miles if you choose the Scat Pack.

For those not yet ready to make the jump to a fully electric Charger, Dodge says that two internal combustion models are In the works: A 550-horsepower, two-door Dodge Charger SIXPACK H.O. and a 420-horsepower, four-door SIXPACK S.O. Both are set to be powered by the Hurricane twin-turbo inline-six.

Dodge also plans to offer four-door versions of both EV models.

The two-door, all-electric R/T and Scat Pack models are set to begin production in “mid-2024,” with the four-door EV models as well as the gas-powered models set to enter production in early 2025.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/5/24 11:05 a.m.

And a few more pictures since Dodge offered us so many:

Shadeux
Shadeux GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
3/5/24 11:17 a.m.

Factory equipped for hooliganism!

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
3/5/24 11:21 a.m.

It needs a big wing on the back, like the original.

CrashDummy
CrashDummy Reader
3/5/24 11:24 a.m.

Any word on MSRP? There are a ton of cool EVs coming out but I feel like they're all $60k+. We need some in the $20k-$40k region where there are so many fun ICEs to choose from (Civic SI, WRX, Elantra N, Mustang, etc.). The 2022 Charger started at $32k so maybe this will be in the ballpark?

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/5/24 11:32 a.m.

Glad to see Dodge getting on board the EV wagon.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
3/5/24 11:34 a.m.
CrashDummy said:

Any word on MSRP? There are a ton of cool EVs coming out but I feel like they're all $60k+. We need some in the $20k-$40k region where there are so many fun ICEs to choose from (Civic SI, WRX, Elantra N, Mustang, etc.). The 2022 Charger started at $32k so maybe this will be in the ballpark?

I haven't seen anything about pricing. I'm digging to see if I can find a ballpark range.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/5/24 11:34 a.m.
CrashDummy said:

Any word on MSRP? There are a ton of cool EVs coming out but I feel like they're all $60k+. We need some in the $20k-$40k region where there are so many fun ICEs to choose from (Civic SI, WRX, Elantra N, Mustang, etc.). The 2022 Charger started at $32k so maybe this will be in the ballpark?

Nothing yet, but I'd be pleasantly surprised if MSRP is in that $20k-$40k range.

wae
wae PowerDork
3/5/24 11:36 a.m.

Will they sell it with a Dodge-branded Dodge Charger charger?

That is a surprisingly good-looking vehicle in the red while the silver makes it look a little bland.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/5/24 11:42 a.m.

In reply to wae :

"Why yes, I do have the Dodge Charger charger for my Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Track Pack."

Rons
Rons GRM+ Memberand Dork
3/5/24 11:43 a.m.

A ball park would be take a most recent ICE version of a Charger/Challenger in the most equivalent optioned type and add 15%. Probably reasonably close.

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