The Dodge Charger Turns 50
Dodge continues to break barriers when it comes to performance and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dodge Charger the brand just announced the most powerful Charger ever. The 717-horsepower 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition raises the performance bar even higher as the fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s already been 50 years since Dodge launched the iconic Charger Daytona model designed to dominate NASCAR racing with its huge wing and massive nose. The Daytona prototype broke records as the first car to ever break 200 mph average lap speed, a record that remained untouched for 17 years. A collector’s favorite ever since, Dodge only made 501 units of the 1969 model, the minimum number necessary to qualify for the NASCAR circuit.
The design of the 50th Anniversary Edition channels the attitude of the original record-setting Daytona while substantially upgrading the power to a whopping 717 horsepower. Throwback features include a unique “Daytona” decklid, Daytona-exclusive B5 Blue paint, and a rear-quarter decal with a matching spoiler. Just like the original, the 50th Anniversary Edition is limited to 501 units as well.
“The Dodge brand continues to push the boundaries of performance with the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Today, with the introduction of the limited-production Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona, we are both recognizing the Dodge brand’s performance heritage and staying true to our roots by offering high-performance, collectible vehicles that continue to defy the trends and deliver attainable performance that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars — Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, Fiat, FCA — North America.
The 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition will be making its big debut at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise so that enthusiasts can check it out. Dodge will showcase the 50th Anniversary Edition alongside the all-new 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, the 797-horsepower 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and many others at the event.
Building on the legacy of the original, the 50th Anniversary Edition Charger adds 3.5 inches of width with wider wheels are tires thus creating an aggressive and sturdy design unlike any other four-door sedan on the market. Dodge designers wanted to honor the past and added a few heritage touches that are sure to thrill Dodge enthusiasts. The 50th Anniversary Edition comes in four exterior paint colors — B5 Blue (exclusive to the Daytona Edition), Triple Nickel, White Knuckle, and Pitch Black. Completing the look are a set of 20- by 11-inch “Warp Speed” wheels coated in a unique Satin Carbon finish and clad in Pirelli all-season performance tires.
On the inside, the 50th Anniversary Edition Charger features a unique black heated and ventilated Nappa leather interior paired with Alcantara suede performance seats, complete with blue accent stitching. That same blue stitch also appears throughout the cabin, on the center console armrest, dashboard, shifter, and door panels. As a special treat there’s even a custom IP badge with the Hellcat and Daytona logos on the passenger side that indicates the vehicle is “x out of 501” units. Even the premium velour-bound floor mats are unique with a blue dual-stitched accent border, and not to mention exclusive to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition. Dealers can begin ordering the 50th Anniversary Edition Charger in the Fall of 2019.
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