The covers will reportedly come off the new Dodge Charger Daytona early next month, with the new coupe becoming a landmark model for the muscle car market’s transition from V8 to electric power.

    Motor1 reports word from a Dodge spokesperson that the Charger Daytona will be unveiled on March 5, 2024 – more than one and a half years since the Charger SRT Daytona electric concept car was revealed in August 2022.

    Dodge recently published ‘spy’ photos of the Charger Daytona without camouflage, giving a clear look at how the battery-powered muscle car will look.

    Despite similarly muscular styling, the new Charger Daytona represents a significant departure from the nameplate’s recent run as a petrol-powered four-door sedan.

    Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis has previously announced the new Charger would launch as an electric vehicle (EV), likely underpinned by the new STLA Large platform.

    At the launch of the Charger Daytona concept, Dodge hinted the production version would be available with a selection of electric powertrains with outputs of 340kW, 370kW, 400kW, 440kW, 470kW and 500kW and a 400V electrical system.

    The brand had also previously announced a more powerful option using an 800V electrical system, which could produce up to 660kW.

    While Dodge hasn’t confirmed a petrol-powered next-gen Charger, a body in white spied in a factory appears to confirm its existence, while Stellantis has confirmed the STLA Large platform will support petrol power.

    A new turbocharged inline-six known as the ‘Hurricane’ has been taking the place of Stellantis’ V8 engines. In the updated 2025 Ram 1500, this is available with either 313kW/636Nm or 402kW/706Nm tunes.

    Like the Ram 1500, the previous Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe were also offered with the 5.7-litre Hemi V8, in addition to 6.4-litre and supercharged 6.2-litre options. Both models were also offered with a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre Pentastar V6.

    The new Dodge Charger will represent a seismic change in the US muscle car market, given rival vehicles from the ‘Big Three’ – which includes Ford and General Motors – have yet to adopt electric power.

    Ford has committed to V8 power in the Mustang for the foreseeable future, while the Chevrolet Camaro recently ceased production – and is reportedly being reborn as a sub-brand for EVs.

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    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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