Dodge Charger Daytona: A Muscle Car For The Modern Era



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Despite the fact that the cars don’t sell well overseas, Dodge remains an American favorite and even now is at the top of the luxury car market in the country. The Charger Daytona is the company’s modern take on performance in an age where the muscle car seems as anachronistic as the horse drawn cart.

The Daytona Charger was revived in 2006. Since then, the car has gone through several upgrades, and the 2017 version is a car that the company hopes will be able to compete in an otherwise popular segment. Like many other cars from the company, the Charger is a two-seater sedan which gives drivers that boulevard cruiser look made famous in the 1960s, but with a decidedly modern twist.

It appears that Dodge wanted to completely break with the past. The original Charger from the 1960s might have been a “muscle” car, but from today’s vantage point, it was hardly muscular. For starters, the car came with drum brakes front and rear, meaning that stopping power was limited. And despite the size of the engine and the bonnet, the amount of power it could generate was also surprisingly lacking.

Today’s Charger is decidedly different. The car has disc brakes front and rear and more than double the horsepower of the original car, all produced by a smaller engine. What’s more, thanks to sites like, it’s much easier to upgrade a Charger once you’ve got one, just in case you want to extract extra performance from the engine. Such a luxury was never available with the original model.

The new Charger comes with a bunch of features current drivers in the luxury market will love. There’s hill start assist for those living near the mountains, airbags all around, heated seats, modern stereo system, and climate control. In fact, the car is so well equipped that it doesn’t really feel like a muscle car at all. It’ll even do 25 miles to the gallon on the highway if you’re careful – about double what the muscle cars of old did.



It sounds like the car has “grown up” and become dull and boring. But this isn’t the experience you get when you’re actually out on the road. When you put your foot down on the gas, it essentially sounds the same as the V8 wedge or the Hemi from 1969 according to In short, it’s incredibly loud and sounds incredible – just what you want if you’re buying a muscle car.

If you like modern technology, you can upgrade the car with all the latest gadgets in the motor industry – for a price, of course. Dodge offers a navigation option for people who want to be able to find their way around new cities. There’s also a parking view option that’ll set you back an extra $1,075. And if you want the upgrade the mirrors, headlamps and get blind spot detection, you’ll have to pay out an additional $550.

Dodge has managed to bring the muscle car into the modern age but without removing the fun factor. And that, at the end of the day, is what its customers want.

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