Dodge revealed its vision for the new “muscle car” on Wednesday night, giving us our first look at the Charger Daytona SRT. A radical concept with retro styling and futuristic technology, there was one feature that stood out: a simulated exhaust sound. The Daytona SRT is electric, you see, so Dodge added a fake internal-combustion exhaust note to quell EV skeptics. And we're not sure how we feel about it.
During the car's debut, posted above, Dodge started the car to let it roll, even giving the crowd a few revs. The feature, called Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, uses an amplifier near the rear of the car to produce an “exhaust” sound of 126 decibels. Dodge says that sound should replicate the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 of a Hellcat. We'll let you hear it and decide if it really works or not. Stellantis lead designer Ralph Gilles posted a clip of the car stereo on Instagram in case you need a better video.
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False exhaust noise isn't the only radical piece of technology aboard the Charger Daytona SRT concept. There's also what Dodge calls eRupt streaming. It is a multi-speed unit that allows the driver to shift gears via an “electromechanical” connection. Whether that means the driver is actually shifting gears in the transmission, or shifting gears is simulated electronically, remains to be seen.