Is The All-Electric Dodge Charger Daytona A True Muscle Car?

American Muscle Surveys The American Muscle Car Public About Electric Muscle Cars...

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack in Redline. (Dodge).

Most Dodge fans have a great distaste for the all-new, all-electric Dodge Charger Daytona. While most actually like the styling of the next-generation Charger, most enthusiasts are upset about the discontinuation of its HEMI® V8 lineup that made it the go-to muscle car brand over the past 20 years.

This summer, Dodge is launching the next-generation Charger in a two-door coupe with a 400-volt all-electric powertrain. Additional models will be released in the first quarter of 2025, including a 400-volt four-door variant, two twin-turbocharged SIX PACK internal combustion engine (ICE) models, and even a more powerful 800-volt SRT model.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T Coupe in Peel Out. (Dodge).

Our sister site, MoparInsiders, recently polled their social media accounts, asking fans what version of the next-generation Dodge Charger they would opt for – the electrified Charger Daytona or the ICE Charger SIX PACK? 86% said they are more interested in the SIX PACK than the Daytona, showing that Dodge fans still prefer ICE-powered vehicles, even without the legendary HEMI® under the hood.

We weren’t the only ones surveying muscle car fans about the next-generation ‘e-muscle’ cars. recently surveyed 1,000 Americans to see their opinions on electric muscle cars.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack in Redline. (Dodge).

The survey found some interesting results. According to American Muscle, 47% of muscle car owners would consider buying an electric vehicle (EV) muscle car, with Ford, Tesla, and Dodge being the top brands that muscle car owners would choose for future e-muscle cars.

American Muscle also found that 52% believe that an EV can’t truly be a muscle car, with 56% of current muscle car owners thinking that the new Dodge Charger Daytona isn’t a real muscle car.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack Coupe in Bludicrous. (Dodge)

The survey also found that Americans would be willing to pay an average maximum of about $58,000 for an EV muscle car. Current muscle car owners are willing to pay even more (around $66,700), 31% more than non-muscle car owners ($51,000).

Dodge dealers recently received an order guide with details about the upcoming 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona First Edition models. The lineup comprises five configurations: two R/T models and three Scat Pack models. Dealers will be taking allocations this month, and Dodge will allow customers to search for allocations using their Horsepower Locator in May.

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack in Redline. (Dodge).

Given the number of Chargers and Challengers currently sitting on lots, it will be interesting to see how the new Charger Daytona does this summer with the launch of the First Editions. With continuing high interest rates, inflation, lack of rebates, and pushback on the EV market at the current moment, we wouldn’t be surprised if many of the First Edition models will join those last-generation Chargers and Challengers on lots for a while.

For more on the survey, check out their site for a complete breakdown.