While the latest Dodge Daytona might feature some retro touches, there’s nothing old-school about the evil power levels of this Hellcat-packing beast. For racing and muscle car fans, the inspiration will be immediately obvious.
The original Dodge Daytona, with its pointed nose and massive rear wing, is a legendary machine in the world of NASCAR, and earned what’s probably the most potent compliment a race’s governing body can bestow on a car. Because basically, it was so good, it was banned to level the playing field. And while that made the folks at Ma Mopar hopping mad at the time, five decades on it’s a point of pride, and a marketing angle you just can’t buy — regardless of how many campaigns you launch and dollars you have to spend.
At the time, Dodge only built 501 examples of the Daytona, and for the 50th Anniversary Edition, the company is sticking to that number.
One number Dodge has been significantly more generous with is the horsepower figure. Because while the original Daytona was packing about 375 horsepower, the latest incarnation will come with a slightly tweaked version of the 6.2-liter Hellcat engine.
That means along with unique blue paint, Daytona-emblazoned rear quarter panels, carbon fiber interior bits, and contrasting interior stitching, drivers will have a tire-destroying 717 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque on tap. Now, we can’t personally attest to how the extra ten ponies feel, but AutoNation Drive’s resident lead foot Mike Musto had this to say about the standard Hellcat mill:
Very few cars out there combine power, performance and value in the same way as the Charger Hellcat. Part family car, part full-on performance machine and part fountain of youth, the Hellcat engine has the power to make everyone, regardless of age, laugh and giggle like a school kid. In fact, it may just be the ultimate American-made toy for those of us who want to stay young forever.
You can read the rest of his review here. But if you’re looking for something that will shock even seasoned performance enthusiasts with the way it’ll move forward? Look no further, as this Satanic creation will deliver the goods — and then some.
The Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition will be available to order at your local AutoNation Dodge Dealer starting this fall, and will be ready for delivery early next year. Since only 501 of these special editions will be available nationwide, they’re sure to go quickly.
So if you’re looking for a Hellcat-powered muscle car with a historic pedigree, make sure to contact them sooner rather than later.