Dodge Charger Daytona Returns For 2020 With Much Smaller Wing Than Expected

Remember the original Dodge Charger in Daytona flavor? Now that’s one hell of a wing, alright! The American automaker decided – at long last – to give the modern Charger SRT Hellcat 717 horsepower and a throwback suffix, but somewhere along the way, someone couldn’t make the wing large or long enough.
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The main reason Dodge couldn’t mirror the design of the limited edition from the 1960s is… wait for it… safety regulations. On the upside, 717 horsepower makes the Charger Daytona the most powerful sedan in the world. Performance enthusiasts are also treated to real carbon fiber on the instrument panel, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a good ol’ serialized plaque to bring the point home.

Scheduled to arrive at dealerships in early 2020, the Dodge Charger Daytona will make its public debut on Saturday during the Woodward Dream Cruise in Pontiac, Michigan. Black Nappa leather complemented by Alcantara suede on the seats, 20-inch Warp Speed wheels, and Brembo brakes are also included. The graphics on the rear quarters can be matched with four colors for the rest of the exterior.

These are B5 Blue (exclusive to the Daytona), Pitch Black, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle. In the case of the latter, the decals are finished in blue to bring out the visual drama. Turning our attention back to the 6.2-liter engine, maximum torque is rated at 650 pound-feet or 881 Nm in European money.

The supercharged HEMI V8 with the Hellcat logo mirrors the output of the Challenger SRT Hellcat for 2020, but so far, Dodge hasn’t announced any plans of offering a Redeye version with 797 ponies. Only 501 examples of the breed will be offered for 2020, just like Dodge did in 1969 with the original.

“Today, with the introduction of the limited-production Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona, we are both recognizing the Dodge brand’s performance heritage and staying true to our roots by offering high-performance, collectible vehicles that continue to defy the trends and deliver attainable performance that can’t be found anywhere else,” declared Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat at FCA – North America.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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