Dodge is getting ready to send the current Charger and Challenger off in style.
The seventh and final Last Call edition of the Dodge Challenger and Charger muscle cars will be revealed on March 20, 2023 at an event on a Las Vegas drag strip.
Along with the end of the V8 era, the event will also celebrate the start of Dodge’s new electrified era of performance.
It’s not clear what will differentiate the final Last Call models from their wild Hellcat cousins.
A teaser for the cars suggests Dodge could get the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine ready to run on E85 fuel, opening the door for it to make even more power than the 602kW version that powers the drag-oriented Dodge Demon.
Reports from 2022 suggest the E85 update could free up 669kW from the Hemi engine.
Dodge has already revealed six different Last Call editions: the Challenger Shakedown, Scat Pack Swinger and Black Ghost; and the Charger Super Bee, Scat Pack Swinger, and King Daytona.
It’s unclear whether this last of the Last Call editions will be exclusive to the Charger or Challenger or if, like the Scat Pack Swinger, it’ll be available on both.
Although the ‘Last Call’ special editions are unique, all 2023 Charger and Challenger models will feature a commemorative ‘Last Call’ plaque underneath their bonnets.
The Dodge brand is also known for its iconic paint colours, and it’s bringing some of them back for 2023 including Plum Crazy purple, Sublime green, Destroyer Grey and B5 Blue.
The Last Call editions are coming at the end of a long, successful life for the Charger and Challenger.
Under the skin, both are based on vehicles from 2006. Both have been updated with more modern interior technology, sharper looks, and more power since but, ultimately, the last time the Charger was properly overhauled was 2011.
Once the Charger and Challenger are gone, Dodge will pivot to focus on its new electric muscle car plans.
Dodge revealed the electric Charger SRT Daytona concept in 2022, with nine “possible powertrain outputs”.
There’s a 340kW base guise with a 400V electrical system, available with eStage 1 and eStage 2 upgrades that boost power to 370kW and 400kW, respectively.
A 440kW variant also runs a 400V electrical system, and can be had with eStage 1 and eStage 2 upgrades that boost power to 470kW and 500kW, respectively.
Dodge says models with the performance upgrades feature a “crystal” key that plugs into the dash.
It hasn’t disclosed outputs for the wildest Charger SRT Daytona. The company has teased an 800V SRT Banshee powertrain package that will be offered with its own stage upgrades.