The new Dodge Charger goes electric

  • Out goes the V8, in comes charging with electrons: Dodge revealed the latest generation of, aptly named, Charger Daytona, earlier this week.
  • With an all new body, this is the first time the Dodge Charger has been available with the option of a fully electric powertrain.
  • The more powerful electric motor option will pack 670hp, with a 0-60mph time of just 3.3 seconds.

The all-electric Dodge Charger Daytona

For the first time in the history of Dodge’s 2-door muscle car, the new Charger Daytona won’t be available with a petrol-powered V8 – marking the ongoing transition of parent company Stellantis to electric, as part of its Dare Forward 2030 plan

Two electric variants will be available for the Charger Daytona, both with power delivered to all four wheels – the R/T with 496 horsepower, and the Scat Pack, outperforming its petrol predecessor with 670 horsepower on tap. Similar to solutions we’ve seen on the Hyundai IONIQ 5 N and upcoming Alpine A290, a ‘PowerShot’ button on the steering wheel will deliver an extra 40 horsepower for up to 15 seconds.

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In some future Charger Daytona trim levels however, Dodge will allow owners to pay to unlock more performance from their electric motors – with stage one and stage two upgrades available to purchase bringing horsepower gains. This is something we’re likely to see more often from other EV manufacturers in the future.

Production is expected to begin this summer, with first deliveries to customers later in the year. There’s no word on pricing just yet, but prices for the entry-level Daytona R/T electric model should start around the $45,000 mark. It seems unlikely that the Charger Daytona will make its way out of North America, but that won’t stop some keen buyers from importing them elsewhere.

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