Initial Dodge Charger Daytona BEV Power Ranges From 455hp to 670hp

The Dodge Charger SRT Daytona Concept was introduced back in August as the brand’s first all-electric battery electric vehicle, with the promise that it would offer greater performance metrics than the modern SRT Hellcat cars. No power estimates were given, although brand boss Tim Kuniskis pointed out that there would be two drivetrain variants – a 400-volt system and an 800-volt system that powers the SRT Banshee model shown here.

At the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, this concept car sort of gets a new name to go with a new exterior look, but most importantly, we got the first power numbers for the Dodge Charger Daytona BEV in 400-volt trim. 

We have also learned that right now, the three main trim levels are known as the 340, the 440 and the SRT Banshee. Those numeric trim levels hearken back to classic engine sizes along with indicating the base power level of the drivetrain.

The Dodge Charger Daytona 340 features the 400-volt system and 340 kilowatts of power, which converts to 455 horsepower. The Charger Daytona 440 also uses the 400-volt system, but this model delivers 440 kW or 590 horsepower. All-wheel-drive is standard on all models.

No torque numbers have been offered, but based on other EVs, we expect the torque figure to be numerically higher than horsepower across the board. For example, the Mustang Mach E has a drivetrain option that delivers 480 horsepower with 600 lb-ft of torque while the Tesla Model S P90D offers 691 horsepower and 713 lb-ft of torque. 

The reason that we mention the those numbers for the Mustang Mach E and the Tesla P90D, is that each of the 400-volt Charger Daytona BEV models can be upgraded with one of two Direct Connection eStage kits.

In the Dodge Charger Daytona 340, the eStage 1 kit lifts the output to 370 kW (496 horsepower) while eStage 2 leads to 400 kW (536 horsepower). For the Charger 440, eStage 1 yields 470 kW (630 horsepower) and eStage 2 creates 500 kW – or 670 horsepower.

Finally, Dodge has provided any power estimates for the SRT Banshee trim level, but we know that it comes with an 800-volt system rather than the 400-volt system in the 340 and 440 models. Having twice the power on tap should lead to significant improvements in power, so we expect the Banshee to start somewhere north of the Charger 440 with the eStage 2 kit at 500kW/670hp. 

The Banshee will also have a pair of Direct Connection eStage upgrade kits and when fully powered-up, we expect this Dodge EV to offer similar power to that of the top Tesla models.

As for the car on display at SEMA, it is the same concept car that debuted back in August, but it has been painted Stryker Red and fitted with lightweight Direct Connection wheels. 

The wheels have an aluminum center section with a barrel that is comprised of titanium and carbon fiber, leading to a design that is very strong and very light. These wheels are wrapped in drag radial tires to emphasize the  fact that the Charger BEV will be ready for track time while new badging – indicating that this is Stage 2 model – is located on the fenders next to the Banshee badge.

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Patrick Rall

Industry News Editor Patrick entered the Mopar world when he bought his 1983 Mirada back in 1994, installing a mild 340 a year later that would eventually be built up into the range of 500 horsepower. Today, Patrick daily drives a Hellcat Challenger, but he still has his 340-powered Mirada, as well as a 1972 Demon 340 and a Hemi Ram.