Meet the latest Dodge in the brand’s muscle car lineup and it’s a mouthful: the 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. The 717-horsepower limited production muscle car pays tribute to the famed original Daytona Dodge built specifically for NASCAR racing back in 1969. (The original has the huge wing and massive nose to prove it.)
The Daytona prototype was in fact the first car to break 200 miles per hour (mph) average lap speed and set a record that stood for 17 years. Dodge only built 501 copies of the 1969 model, the minimum number required to qualify for use on the NASCAR circuit.
Like the original, Dodge will only build 501 of the 2020s, (and as of this writing, we’ve heard they’re going fast.)
50th Anniversary Edition Daytona Charger
The new Charger Daytona is based on the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which adds 3.5 inches of width with wider wheels and tires. The 50th Anniversary Edition ups the ante by increasing the shift points to 6,100 rpm in automatic mode, which yields a 10-horsepower boost from 707 to 717 exclusive to this model.
The 50th Anniversary Edition Daytona Charger features a unique “Daytona” deck lid, rear-quarter decal with matching spoiler and Daytona-exclusive B5 Blue paint are throwbacks to the 50th anniversary.
The Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition also adds unique heritage appointments. It’s available in four exterior paint colors – B5 Blue, Pitch Black, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle, with B5 Blue exclusive to the Daytona Edition.
Completing the athletic look are 20- by 11-inch “Warp Speed” wheels with a unique Satin Carbon finish, Pirelli 305/35ZR20 all-season performance tires (three-season tires are optional) and ultra-high performance Black Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors.
The Dodge Daytona cabin features unique black heated and ventilated Nappa leather and Alcantara suede performance seats with blue accent stitching and “Daytona” embroidered seat backs. Both driver and front passenger seats feature 12-way power adjust function. The blue accent stitch appears throughout the interior, on the center console armrest, door panels and armrest, dashboard and shifter.
A Dynamica Suede headliner, real carbon fiber instrument panel (IP) and console bezels and Light Black Chrome interior accents are paired to the suede flat-bottom steering wheel, which features dual blue and silver accent stitching. Premium velour-bound floor mats have a blue dual-stitched accent border. Both the steering wheel and floor mats are exclusive to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition.
A custom IP badge with the Hellcat and Daytona logos is located on the passenger side identifying each vehicle as “x out of 501.”
Dealer orders for 2020 Dodge Charger models, including Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, open in fall 2019. They’ll will start arriving in Dodge//SRT dealerships in early 2020. Pricing on the Dodge Charger Daytona is still TBD.