Dodge Charger Daytona: Then and Now
Over the past couple weeks, the Dodge brand has definitely been the talk of the town – specifically with the all-new Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody Package and the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. Alongside the production of these new additions to the Dodge brand, the Dodge Charger Daytona is an ever-evolving model since its debut in 1969. Here’s a closer look at the Dodge Charger Daytona from then until now…
Throughout the past 49 years, the Dodge Charger has definitely progressed. The Dodge Charger Daytona was initially developed after the racing failure of the previous limited edition 1969 Dodge Charger 500 in NASCAR, and after superstar racer, Richard Petty left Dodge for Ford. Once the Daytona hit the streets, its sole purpose was to compete and win in high-profile NASCAR races – and boy did Dodge win races. In a matter of one year, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona won six races in total. Additionally, they set a number of race and pole records during that time.
In 1969, the Dodge Charger Daytona came with numerous modifications that include:
- 23” inch-tall stabilizer wing on the rear deck
- Special sheet-metal “nose cone” that replaced the traditional upright front grille
- Flush rear backlight
- “Window cap” to cover the original charger’s recessed window
- Front fenders and hood developed for the 1970 charger
- Stainless steel A-pillar covers
- Fender mounted cooling scoops
The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was engineered with the Charger R/T trim specifications at that time – heavy-duty suspensions, a brake setup, and a 440 CID Magnum engine. Today, the 1969 Daytona is quite an expensive collector’s item, creeping up on the six-figure territory, and the 426 HEMI-engined models are well over $900,000.
1975 to 1977
Between 1975-1977, after it was re-badged as the Chrysler Cordoba, the Daytona name returned on the Dodge Charger. During this time, the Daytona package included a two-tone stripe-and-decal appearance package and all models featured a torsion bar heavy duty suspension. Surprisingly to some, this was actually the first true Dodge Charger Daytona produced in the lineup. Unfortunately, because of the heaviness, lack of fuel-efficiency, and rust issues, this Charger Daytona model is extremely rare to find today. This was most likely the beginning of America’s interest in gas efficiency versus good looks.
2006 to 2013
The Dodge Charger Daytona was reintroduced in 2006 and it was loaded with “sportier” features. Some of those features include a sportier interior, classic high impact exterior colors, front-chin spoiler, rear quarter panel striping that read “DAYTONA”, and black vinyl on the hood with the word “HEMI” cut out twice. From 2007-2009, wheels sported 20-inch chrome clad and in 2008, rear quarter panels were replaced with a strobe stripe on the lower portions of the doors that read “DAYTONA” towards the front of the stripe. Moreover, between 2006-2008, the Charger Daytona added 10 horsepower over the standard R/T due to a freer flowing exhaust system that includes a single pass muffler and a bigger diameter stock air cleaner that delivers 350 horsepower. By 2009, the Charger Daytona featured a new Variable Camshaft Timing HEMI engine that had an output of 368 horsepower.
By 2012, the Dodge Charger Daytona was reintroduced at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show for the 2013 model year. Offered in the Charger R/T and Charger R/T Road & Track trim levels, the 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona highlighted the one-of-a-kind style of the 1969 Daytona package but with more modernized performance and technology features.
“With its 370 horsepower HEMI V-8, rear-wheel drive and iconic design, the 2013 Dodge Charger is a modern day muscle car, and the new Dodge Charger Daytona takes it to a new level by paying homage to the historic ‘Daytona’ nameplate,” said Reid Bigland, President, and CEO, Dodge Brand. “It starts with a legendary HEMI underfoot and one-of-a-kind interior and exterior styling enhancements that perfectly combine heritage, performance, and value, starting under $33,000 MSRP.”
The 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona is jam-packed with a ton of standard features. Standard performance features include a 5.7-liter HEMI engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. Exterior features include 20-inch x 9-inch Hyper Black II Forged Aluminum Wheels, 245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires, and “Daytona” front grille badge. Fuel economy is 25 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city. The interior cabin of the Dodge Charger Daytona is spacious and has a five-passenger seating maximum, with front heated and ventilated Nappa leather-trimmed performance seats with Alcantara suede inserts. Furthermore, a cargo compartment dress-up, cell phone storage, and a full-length floor console are included.
The infotainment system features an impressive 8.4-inch touchscreen display that includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capabilities, dual remote USB port, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, center stack radio, and a window antenna. Finally, a standard complimentary one-year subscription to SiriusXM guardian service.
Starting MSRP for the 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona is $38,995 (plus destination fee). Interested in taking a 2018 Dodge Charger Daytona for a spin? Visit University Dodge located in Davie, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection.