Muscle cars like the Ford Mustang or the Dodge Charger are beloved by its fans. Many people want to buy one of those limited edition cars, but most settle for a modern version instead. For its 50th anniversary, Dodge is bringing back the Dodge Charger Daytona for a limited production run.
The history of the Dodge Charger Daytona
As Motor1 said, back in 1969, Dodge built and sold the first Charger Daytona in the world. Dodge had built just 501 Charger Daytonas, and it eventually became an iconic muscle car in its own right. The Charger Daytona had a unique look that was different from the regular Daytona’s. As Motor1 mentioned, that look included a wedged nose and a massive wing on the rear of the car.
The 1969 Charger Daytona was one of the fastest cars of its time. As Road and Track mentioned, the 1969 Charger Daytona not only became the first NASCAR car to break 200 MPH, but it also broke other speed records. This was in part due to its massive 7.2-liter V8 engine, which generated over 370-hp. While that is not that powerful compared to modern cars, the Charger Daytona was extremely powerful for its time.
Its power and its success at NASCAR helped make it the iconic muscle car that it’s known as today. And now, Dodge is creating a new one for its 50th birthday.
The 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona
Like Motor1 reported, this special edition Dodge Charger celebrates the legacy of the original Charger Daytona. It’s still a modern car though, so it doesn’t look too similar to how the original Charger Daytona looked like. However, Dodge has taken some cues from the 1969 Charger Daytona when it designed the 2020 Charger Daytona.
For example, the massive wing that was on the original Charger Daytona is no more. The 2020 Charger Daytona, however, will come with a spoiler. This means that, from a distance, the 1969 Charger Daytona looks very different from the 2020 Charger Daytona.
On top of that, Motor1 says that many parts of the 2020 Charger Daytona will have the name Daytona on it, or at the very least, a unique accent or logo that says that it’s a Charger Daytona. Additionally, just like the 1969 Charger Daytona, Dodge will also only be making 501 cars for its limited production run.
How powerful is it?
But, the one way that Dodge is trying to make the 2020 Charger Daytona similar to the original Charger Daytona is through its engine. Simply said, Dodge has put one of the most powerful engines available on the road on the 2020 Charger Daytona. That engine, according to Motor1, is the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat engine.
This powerful engine is actually a bit more powerful than the regular Hellcat engines that are on other cars. The regular Hellcat engine that is available on cars such as the standard version of the Charger or the Jeep Trackhawk only generates about 707-hp.
The Hellcat engine on the 2020 Charger Daytona however, has been improved a bit, according to Motor1. This version of the Hellcat engine generates 717-hp instead.
Additionally, the 2020 Charger Daytona’s Hellcat engine provides it with 650 lb-ft of torque, which is more torque than what many pickup trucks have. This torque, when it’s working with that 717-hp, can accelerate the car from 0 to 60 MPH in about 3.6 seconds, according to Motor Authority. That isn’t record-breaking speeds, but it’s still very fast.
The 2020 Charger Daytona will start with a price tag of about $75,000. However, since it’s a limited run, you may have a hard time finding one.