Dodge unveiled the 2024 Charger Daytona EV Concept during Speed Week. The concept is designed to bring muscle cars into the EV era. Among its craziest muscle car feature is an EV “exhaust” system.
Called the Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust, the system uses tuning chambers with unspecified speakers and amplifier to enhance the powertrain’s natural noises. The exhaust can reach 126 dB, which is 31 dB louder than the legal noise limit. It’s enough to say that if you bring this to South OC Cars and Coffee, you might be the first EV to get kicked out for making too much noise! It’s even able to “rev” while at a standstill, producing a distinctive noise that is sure to mesmerize everyone around you (and get your ass banned from South OC Cars and Coffee).
Now, you might say this is all fake, but in reality, it’s no more fake than the sound coming out of gas powered cars. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, and Audi Q8 RS all use the same internal combustion engine, yet they sound completely different from each other. The Bentley is quiet and barely makes a whimper, while the Lambo is super loud and in your face. Which one is the real engine sound? The answer is none of them. The sound of the engine is tuned with pipes, mufflers, cats, values, fuel, timing, and speakers. You really don’t want to hear a gas engine in its natural raw state before the sound tuning. It’s pretty much unbearable.
Sounds adds an emotional layer that is missing in the electric car. The ability to hear the engine and rev the motor brings a smiles to a muscle car owner. Dodge is making sure that smile is still there when you rev the Charger Daytona EV.