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Dodge finally rolled out the next generation of its Charger, and SRT is going electric. The 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona concept EV debuted in Detroit, and it is wearing SRT “Banshee” badges. Dodge has revealed that its dealerships will be able to dial the standard Charger Daytona up to 670 horsepower but released no number for the SRT version. Here is why we expect the electric Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee will claim precisely 880 horsepower.

How much horsepower does the electric Dodge Charger Daytona have?

Dodge has revealed that its electric Charger Daytona will come in 455 horsepower and 590 horsepower trims. You can pay extra to unlock up to 670 horsepower. The electric Dodge Charger SRT edition should make even more power.

Just like the current Dodge Charger, the 2024 Charger Daytona will come with multiple drivetrains. The base will make 455 horsepower from the factory (up from the current base Charger’s 300 horsepower).

Horsepower fans can then go to a Direct Connection certified Dodge dealership and buy a special, high-power key. These keys will dial the car up to 495 or 535 horsepower.

There will be an upper trim level of the Dodge Charger Daytona as well. It will probably keep the R/T badge or the Scat Pack badge. It will come from the factory with 590 horsepower enabled. That’s quite a bit more than even the 392 V8 in the Scat Pack (485 horsepower).

What’s more, you can also buy a “crystal” performance key for this upper trim Charger Daytona to unlock 630 horsepower (eState 1) or 670 horsepower (eStage 2).

Here’s how the non-SRT Dodge Charger Daytona’s electric horsepower numbers will break down.

Trim LevelKilowatt RatingHorsepower Equivalent
Charger Daytona 340 (base)340 kW455 hp
Charger Daytona 340 (eStage 1)370 kW495 hp
Charger Daytona 340 (eStage 2)400 kW535 hp
Charger Daytona 440 (base)440 kW590 hp
Charger Daytona 440 (eStage 1)479 kW630 hp
Charger Daytona 440 (eStage 2)500 kW670 hp

How much horsepower does the electric Dodge Charger SRT have?

We suspect the electric Dodge Charger SRT will claim a maximum horsepower of 880. There are both technical and historical reasons Dodge will target this number.

The rear fender of Dodge's 2024 Charger EV concept coupe at the Detroit auto show.
2024 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept | Henry Cesari via MotorBiscuit

First off, let’s get technical. The new electric Dodge Charger Daytona, even in its SRT trim, will have one motor for each axle. We know that Stellantis already developed a lineup of electric motors for the next generation of all its brands, including Dodge. The most powerful Stellantis motor makes 330 kW. For us traditionalists, that translates to 442.5 horsepower.

Some multi-motor EVs can’t draw enough electricity from their battery to fully power all their motors. But Dodge’s Banshee powertrain is defined by an 800-volt charging system. That’s twice what Tesla currently offers, and it will probably also be able to fully power both motors simultaneously. The result would be 880+ horsepower.

The “Dodge 880” nameplate dates back to 1962

Way back in 1962, Dodge named the top trim of its Dart the “440.” It liked the name so much that it spun the “Dodge 440” off into its own car. It used “330” for the lower trim of this car. It also renamed its full-size sedan the “Dodge 880,” and later the top-trim version became the “Custom 880.”

The rear of Dodge's 2024 Charger concept car which may be both gas and electric.
2024 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept | Henry Cesari via MotorBiscuit

We know Dodge is keen to lean into the nostalgia by resurrecting the Daytona nameplate and its old “Fratzonic” triangular logo. It makes perfect sense that Dodge would tug on Mopar-fans’ heart strings with another “880.”

Finally, claiming 880 horsepower would vault the electric Charger ahead of the 840-horsepower Dodge Demon SRT. Progress is good, especially for marketing.

Next, read why Stellantis should revive Plymouth as an EV sub-brand or watch the electric Dodge Charger SRT reveal in the video below:

You can also see CNBC’s deep dive into the electric Dodge Charger in this final video: