Dodge’s Direct Connection Increases Horsepower for Electric Vehicles and Muscle Cars – Detroit News | CarTailz

Dodge’s Direct Connection after-sales program boosts horsepower for its traditional muscle cars—as well as future all-electric models.

Performance brand Stellantis NV unveiled six of the nine performance levels it will be offering for its battery-electric muscle car, due out in 2024, and unveiled the new Hellephant and HurriCrate engine series at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show that takes place Tuesday through Friday in Las Vegas. The display is a collision of heritage and future as Dodge seeks to excite enthusiasts while embracing its electrified vision.

Dodge unveiled a look at that target in August: the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept. At the time, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said the production muscle car would have three base models, each with two available eStage kits to boost performance.

The vehicle is based on the STLA Large platform, which can support multiple powertrains. The first two base models will have a 400 volt system. The basic equipment with 340 kilowatts offers 455 hp. The Direction Connection kits would boost this to 370 kilowatts with 495 hp and 400 kilowatts with 535 hp.

“Where some stop,” said Kuniskis, “we begin.”

The next trim-up starts at 440 kilowatts with 590 hp. This increases in the first stage to 470 kilowatts with 630 hp and in the second to 500 kilowatts with 670 hp. Top equipment will be an 800-volt Banshee system and the company is waiting to share details on its performance.

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