Dodge shows “Banshee” electric Charger concept – an EV with exhaust?

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Dodge has released photos of its Dodge Charger Daytona SRT “Banshee” Concept, an all-electric version of the iconic American muscle car.

Dodge has been teasing the potential for an all-electric muscle car for some time now. We first heard about it last year, when Dodge claimed it would launch the “world’s first electric muscle car” in 2024. sites reported again this week).

Now we see the next car he could introduce to the “Brotherhood of Muscle”: an electric charger. And hooray, it sure looks horny.

The “Banshee” electric Dodge Charger concept is an all-electric American muscle car – no hybrid, no motor, just a battery.

Dodge’s press release is a little light on the details, without much info on specs. The only real performance spec we have is that the concept will be powered by Dodge’s 800V all-wheel drive electric drive system called Banshee. Dodge wants this Banshee branding to evoke the same level of performance as its other powerful brands, such as Hemi, Hellcat and Redeye.

The concept of the electric charger comes with three main design features:

  • R-Wing: Intended to increase aerodynamic efficiency while maintaining the Charger’s characteristic bulky front end.
  • eRupt transmission: A multi-speed electromechanical transmission designed to deliver different shift points, rather than smooth shifts from one gear to another, and provide the same “jerky” feel of a petrol car shifting – and a “push- “to-pass” button for a quick power boost.
  • Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust: an exhaust system… on an electric car. How so?

That’s right, the electric Dodge Charger features an exhaust system. Or at least, Dodge calls it an exhaust system—there’s nothing to draw from, rather just some speakers that sound like exhaust. ‘Fratzonic’ is a reference to ‘Fratzog’, the name of an old three-part Dodge logo from the ’60s and ’70s.

Listen:

The Fratzonic exhaust can produce up to 126dB of noise, equivalent to the Dodge Hellcat – and above the 120dB threshold that can cause immediate damage to unprotected ears (sigh).

The interior…looks pretty normal as far as concept car interiors are concerned. That said, this is the part where concepts usually change the most, so we wouldn’t put a lot of stock in it, but you now have the standard large center screen, lightweight seats and panoramic glass roof, which is a new feature for a Charger .

Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis says the electric charger “exists because its performance made us do it” — a reference to Dodge’s new marketing slogan. He claims that the Banshee-powered electric Dodge Charger “will cover a blazing-fast quarter-mile,” although he didn’t specify how fast that quarter-mile would be.

While we don’t know how much horsepower Dodge is aiming for, placing this Banshee electric concept alongside Hellcat and Redeye in the “Brotherhood of Muscle” suggests the number can’t be low. We are sure that when this car goes into production it will have to be in the hundreds if it is to live up to those names.

But will it go into production? Dodge has not made any commitments about this yet, because it is still just a concept for now. But given Kuniskis’ previous comments on electrification — targeting a 2024 release for the world’s first battery-electric muscle car,” we think it’s fairly likely that the finished product will take a form somewhat similar to this concept, and maybe even hit the road in the next few years.

Electrek’s Take

When we first heard about Dodge’s plans to electrify, and in such a short timeline, we were a little skeptical. It’s hard to turn one of the most iconic gas-powered car models, the Charger, into an electric car in just a few years.

But this electric Dodge Charger concept looks surprisingly…real. Despite the lack of detail on the specs and some silly nonsense (drum-wrenching exhaust? really? why waste energy damaging your driver’s ears, come on), nothing about the interior or exterior seems too unrealistic. It looks great everywhere. We could definitely see this build.

personally, me love the R-wing design. Dodge says it’s meant to evoke the wing of the original Dodge Charger Daytona, but that was… a bit much. The R-wing is more subtle (as if anything about this car is subtle), and serves an aerodynamic purpose, but looks just different to be an interesting feature that sets it apart from other cars. In addition, it can only happen because less space is needed under the hood to house a giant hemi engine, so it takes advantage of one of the advantages of electric propulsion. Overall just a great design feature, in my opinion.

We’re not sure how shift points and loud speakers add performance, though, but maybe it’ll work on the audience Dodge is targeting. Or maybe those features won’t make it into production. Given that Kuniskis apparently received death threats from the latest announcement, maybe that audience deserves to have some of their toys taken away if they can’t behave.

But from what we’ve seen in Dodge’s comments here, and what we’ve seen with other EVs, they still have plenty performance toys to play with, at least.

What do you think of the electric charger? Let us know in the comments.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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