When Dodge revealed the all-electric Charger SRT Daytona Banshee Concept, the world was introduced to an EV that goes out of its way to make as much noise as possible. The reception, at best, has been mixed. Some people found the howl of the Banshee to be striking and futuristic, while the muscle car faithful were quick to create and share memes that teased the sound. With that said, Dodge executives admit that there’s still room for that sound to change.
During a recent Autoline After Hours Livestream, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis appeared to discuss the brand’s move towards electrification. While talking about the design of the Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee, he revealed that “the sounds not done, I mean, we’re still working on the sound. We’ve got plenty of time to keep tuning it and tweaking it.”
Though, we may not see a complete disappearance of the high-pitched Banshee-like scream, as that was intended to be polarizing.
As the car goes to idle, the bass track of the exhaust features “the same firing order as a Hemi V8.” Kuniskis stated. The intention is to mix some of Dodge’s heritage into the sound while making something new and different. Kuniskis also seemed open to the idea of customers having an array of sounds to choose from, such as a “jet turbine engine.”
Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee Concept: Exhaust Details
The Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept voices a 126 dB roar that equals the SRT Hellcat, generated through a new, patent-pending “Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust” system. The Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust represents the next generation of tactile, bone-shaking, muscle attitude, creating a visceral “Dark Matter” sound profile experience in concert with the eRupt transmission. Yes, this EV has a transmission.
As the transmission and exhaust work in tandem with each other, the driver is given the same joyful experience when driving the car as they would if it was an internal combustion engine. The goal is to make the vehicle feel exciting and dangerous. With the same appeal for the driver and onlookers as any typical muscle car would have. But as the sound isn’t finalized, we may hear something different once the Banshee is put into production.