Dodge Charger Daytona Vs. Chrysler 300 V8: Muscle Sedan Showdown

With the upcoming Daytona Charger EV on the way, it’s important to remember that you can still get a V8-powered Daytona. Moreover, the Daytona isn’t your only option for an American muscle sedan. Instead, the Chrysler 300S offers a 5.7L V8 option to go toe-to-toe with its sibling. So, how does the Dodge Charger Daytona fair against a Chrysler 300 V8?

How much are Dodge Charger Daytonas?

Dodge Charger Daytonas vary in value depending on the year. For instance, the first Daytona model is a collector’s item compared to the more recent four-door iterations. Hagerty tracked a “shark nose” 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which sold for an astronomical $203,500. Instead, more contemporary examples, like a 2022 Dodge Charger R/T with a Daytona Edition Group. 

The Dodge Charger Daytona is a solid match for the Chrysler 300 V8, the 300S.
Dodge Charger Daytonas | Stellantis

The 2022 Dodge Charger R/T starts at around $40,945, and the Daytona Edition Group adds $3,995. Compared to a Chrysler 300S with an optional 5.7L Hemi V8, the Daytona is the cheaper option. A 2022 Chrysler 300S V8 starts at around $45,350 and doesn’t feature the horsepower or performance upgrades of the Daytona. Of course, an earlier model Daytona, like a 2017 model, is the more economical option. 

Is a Daytona Charger a V6 or V8?

The most recent Dodge Charger R/T Daytonas pack 5.7L Hemi V8 engines. Furthermore, a 2022 Charger R/T produces 370 horsepower before the assistance of the Daytona Edition’s performance parts. For instance, the Daytona Edition Group adds a factory cold air intake in addition to some cosmetic changes. Although the Chrysler 300S has a 5.7L Hemi V8, it produces less horsepower than the Charger. 

The Chrysler sedan produces 363 horsepower from its mill, around seven less than a comparable Charger R/T. Previous versions of the four-door Mopar, like the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392, packed a 6.4L V8 producing as much as 485 horsepower. Not a bad testament to the out-of-this-world 1969 Charger Daytona. 

Is the Chrysler 300 same as Dodge Charger?

While the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are similar siblings in the Stellantis family, they’re not the same vehicle. The cars share a Mercedes-Benz-derived platform and a couple of engine options like the Pentastar V6 and 5.7L Hemi V8. Moreover, both vehicles offer optional all-wheel drive (AWD) with the V6 accompaniment. However, the Chrysler 300 is more of an affordable luxury car, whereas the Dodge Charger Daytona is a sports sedan through and through. 

What other engines do the muscle sedans offer?

The Charger and Chrysler 300 have V6 base engines and 5.7L V8s in vehicles like the Daytona. However, the Dodge Charger’s powerplant library extends well beyond those two options. For instance, the R/T Scat Pack has a 485-horsepower 6.4L V8, the Hellcat has a 717-horsepower supercharged V8, and the Redeye packs a 797-horsepower mill. 

However, the only engine options for the Charger Daytona are the 5.7L V8 and 6.4L V8, depending on the model year. Still, the recently reborn Chrysler 300C packs a 485-horsepower 6.4L V8, although it’s a limited-release affair. Frankly, the Dodge Charger Daytona and Chrysler 300 V8 are tire-shredding muscle sedans with room for five. 

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