CARS.COM — With the Chevrolet SS meeting its end, that leaves the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 to hold the big, rear-wheel-drive sedan mantle all by themselves (luxury cars excluded). For 2017, the Charger revives an old name that bumps up the performance and style quotient.
If the name Daytona sounds familiar, and not just because of the race, it’s because it is an homage to one of the most iconic vehicles that Dodge has ever produced, best known for its massive 23-inch-high wing. Fun fact: It was also the first vehicle to break 200 mph in NASCAR history, in 1970.
The latest version of the Charger Daytona won’t go quite that fast, but it’s got a ton of power and performance on tap in both regular and 392 trim levels. The Charger Daytona is offered in two variants, one building off the R/T trim and its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, the other the 392 that comes with a larger 6.4-liter V-8. My test model was a Daytona 392 with the larger engine and a few additional performance goodies.