What Makes the New Charger Daytona Different?
The Charger Daytona is back on the streets, so it’s time for a refresher. We heard about this vehicle back in August when FCA announced their plans to bring it back, and since then race car fans have been whooping all about it. Whether or not Dodge’s possible return to NASCAR has anything to do with it is not certain, but it would make sense wouldn’t it? Being a special-edition, one might wonder what’s so “special” about the Charger Daytona?
There are some key differences about the new Charger Daytona. Starting off, it’s a nod to Dodge’s heritage and their time spent in NASCAR as purely a racecar. To make that fact known and to separate a regular Dodge Charger from the Dodge Charger Daytona, a satin black spoiler and “Daytona” graphics on the side of the vehicle should shake any uncertainty.
The Charger comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, but the Daytona is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 under the hood, which is the standard engine on the Charger R/T. Being that “R/T” stands for “Road/Track,” it’s already apparent that this is no standard sedan; this is a vehicle made for the race track. Outfitted with Mopar performance parts such as a cold-air induction system with conical air filter, the engine and exhaust are greatly improved in comparison to the standard factory components found on the base Charger models.
Said to have a sinister appearance, the Charger Daytona will also be outfitted with front and rear performance fascias, performance side sills, a satin black hood graphic with a cutout “HEMI” logo to highlight the aluminum hood’s NACA duct, and to keep up the satin black theme also found on the spoiler, the roof is also satin black for bold, heritage-inspired style. All of this riding on 20 x 9-inch Mopar lightweight forged-aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black II and available in twelve dynamic colors, drivers can make the Daytona their own. Can you really go wrong with the traditional yellow though?
If you think this sounds good, don’t forget about the Charger Daytona 392 discussed in the link above. It’s one step down from the almighty Hellcat, and a 392 HEMI really should be the standard for a car nodding to its racecar heritage.