Dodge Teases Charger Daytona SRT, Promises 2024 Debut
Since we were first shown the Charger Daytona SRT concept almost 18 months ago, news about the replacement for the long-lived Dodge Challenger has slowly trickled out. Now Dodge has given us a few teaser images via Instagram. The big news is that the production version will be available later this year, but this pre-production model also suggests that the design of the showroom model won’t deviate much from the concept.
What we can glean from the few, rather small photos is that the concept keeps the lines and proportions of the concept but adds a B-pillar, much like the recently departed Challenger. Like that car, this new two-door Charger will blur the line between coupe and sedan by offering a functional rear seat with actual headroom. Of course, the door handles are also new; they sat flush with the body on the concept. They are a bit tough to spot, but the concept’s prominent heat extractors appear to have made the cut, and the Fratzog in the grille appears to be sticking around. Both wins in our book.
Powertrain specifics have yet to be revealed, although an anonymous source confirmed in October that the new, turbocharged inline-six engine, which will be replacing the many iterations of the Hemi V-8, will be an option on the future muscle car … and Dodge didn’t exactly deny the report. We expect that the top model will be an EV, a prospect that has certainly ruffled some feathers among the Mopar muscle faithful.
While the powertrains are changing, Dodge certainly seems to be sticking to the successful Challenger formula by offering a large, stylish, comfortable two-door. The soundtrack will change, that much is certain, there’s just no reason to suggest that the turbo inline-six won’t deliver spirited performance. We’re eager to see how much Mopar can turn up the wick on the mighty 3.0-liter. We might not have to wait too long to find out.