What is a Dodge Banshee?
The Dodge brand just unveiled its first fully-electric “eMuscle” vehicle. This new coupe is officially called the Charger Daytona SRT EV concept car. That name is a mouthful. To make things even more confusing, Stellantis revealed that this car is the first Dodge Banshee. Banshee is a badge and a powertrain Dodge is positioning as the Hellcat of the electric era.
Dodge unveiled its first eMuscle Charger concept
A year ago Dodge canceled the Charger, announcing the internal combustion version would only enjoy production through 2023. But the brand has been working hard on the first concept car showcasing its new eMuscle powertrain.
In August 2022, Stellantis unveiled an all-new EV. The next-generation Dodge is a two-door Charger. It features an AWD electric drivetrain. This cutting-edge 800-volt Dodge EV teases unprecedented performance.
Several unique features make this EV uniquely Dodge. This includes a pistol-grip shifter connected to an eRupt “multi-speed” transmission. It also has a “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust” which emits a futuristic sound, as loud as a Hellcat, when you accelerate. The car even retains a familiar, Charger-like silhouette despite a low hood thanks to a tall front fascia and R-Wing aerodynamic element.
What is a Dodge Banshee?
The all-new Charger Daytona SRT Concept electric vehicle is the first Dodge to carry the Banshee logo and name. Dodge hopes to make this screaming, horned demon a symbol of eMuscle performance: ‘Banshee’ aims to be the ‘Hellcat’ of EVs.
The new electric Dodge Charger‘s front fenders wear a unique new badge. Hellcat-equipped Dodges carry a Hellcat badge and Demon-equipped Dodges carry a Demon badge. But the new Charger Daytona SRT has neither of these engines, and neither of these badges. You might have to squint at the chrome emblen on the new Charger coupe, but its supposed to depict a horned, screaming banshee.
The banshee is a screaming spirit in Irish folklore. Dodge would also like to make banshee synonymous with eMuscle.
The Banshee badge signals an 800-volt eMuscle powertrain
The Dodge banshee badge and name denotes the company’s performance-oriented 800-volt AWD electric powertrain. The Charger Daytona SRT Coupe is the first Dodge to wear this badge, it likely won’t be the last.
If the Hellcat is any example, we can expect to see this drivetrain used in a range of Dodge cars and SUVs, and perhaps even in some Jeeps and Ram trucks. Will all banshees feature an e-Rupt transmission and a loud Fratzonic exhaust? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
Next, read about how Ram’s range extender may revolutionize the electric pickup truck market, or watch an in-depth reaction to seeing the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee in the video below: