It’s the news Dodge Charger fans have been waiting to hear.
It’s common knowledge an electric version of the Charger Daytona SRT Concept is on its way.
But it appears an internal-combustion engine version could be coming, too.
At this point it’s purely speculation – but factory-fresh photos of a two-door muscle car suggest it could happen.
The pictures have been posted to both the Challenger Talk Forums and X.
They show a body-in-white of a two-door muscle car that’s blatantly a production version of the Daytona SRT Concept.
However, there appears to be space for a transmission and a driveshaft – a telltale sign the next-generation Dodge Charger could have a gas engine.
From the pictures, you can see the engine bay is also clearly configured to accommodate a longitudinally-mounted powerplant.
It’s long been speculated that the powerplant could be some flavor of Stellantis’ new “Hurricane” inline-six, or even a V8 in top-spec models.
Perhaps Dodge is still clinging on to the internal-combustion engine before the brand goes all-electric next year.
After all, the company did announce that it was releasing seven limited-edition Dodge Charger models as a final send-off.
To say Dodge has been cagey about what its next generation of muscle cars is going to look like would be an understatement.
Admittingly, the automaker had a four-figure horsepower electric drivetrain out in front when it unveiled the concept.
However, that could have been because none of Stellantis’ North American brands sell any BEVs in the US at present.
There’s been speculation an ICE version of the Dodge Charger was possible as it sits in the STLA Large platform which can be configured either way, however, nothing official’s been said.
New Charger, who dis? pic.twitter.com/2HjbZ0U5JK— Takuro Spirit 🚘 (@TakuroSpirit) October 17, 2023
While the images aren’t official confirmation that there will be a choice of drivetrains, they’re pretty damning.
Ok, the transmission tunnel looks to be on the shallow side, but it’s entirely possible that there is a false floor where the battery lives in the BEV version, with the driveshaft running through that.
It’s also entirely possible there’ll be a big piece of plastic trim running underneath to protect the vehicle’s underpinnings, whether that’ll be something mechanical or some batteries.