Dodge revealed its vision for “future muscle” on Wednesday night, giving us our first look at the Charger Daytona SRT. A radical concept with retro style and futuristic tech, there was one feature that stuck out: A simulated exhaust sound. The Daytona SRT is electric, you see, so Dodge added a fake internal-combustion exhaust note to quell EV doubters. And we’re not sure how we feel about it.
During the car’s premiere, published above, Dodge started the car to let it run, even giving the crowd a few revs. The feature, called the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, uses an amplifier near the rear of the car to produce a 126-decibel “exhaust” sound. Dodge says this sound is supposed to replicate a Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. We’ll let you listen and decide whether it actually does or not. Stellantis head designer Ralph Gilles published a clip of the car’s sound to Instagram, in case you need a better video.
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The fake exhaust noise isn’t the only radical piece of tech onboard the Charger Daytona SRT concept. There’s also what Dodge calls the eRupt transmission. It’s a multi-speed unit that allows the driver to shift themselves via an “electro-mechanical” connection. Whether that means the driver is actually shifting gears in the transmission or gear shifting is simulated electronically, we don’t know yet.