In sad but perhaps unexpected news, 2023 will mark the end of the line for the Dodge Charger and Challenger.
But with the brand not going all-electric until 2024, there is still time for some limited-edition send off versions.
Seven of them, in fact.
And all seven are being revealed by Dodge in a very specific way.
For starters, none of the cars can be configured by customers.
Instead, Dodge will specify each car itself before shipping them to the highest-volume dealerships in the US.
Then, Dodge will release a list of each vehicle by trim and dealership, and it’s first in first served from there.
While only a set number of cars will be built, there are likely to be three-to-four digit production figures of each depending on the model.
Each of these limited edition versions are set to be revealed over the coming months, with a symbolic clue attached to each one.
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All of these clues indicate a link between it and a classic trim level name for both the Charger and Challenger.
The reveal dates and clues are as follows:
- August 24: Salt and pepper shaker (this model will likely feature a ‘Shaker’ hood)
- August 31: Pot of honey (most likely the ‘Super Bee’)
- September 7: A tire swing (a nod to the Dodge Swinger)
- September 14: A crown dripping with oil (a reference to the Dodge Coronet)
- September 21: A ghost (probably a reference to the ‘Black Ghost’, a rare 1970 Challenger that was a Detroit street racing legend)
- November 1-4: A bottle of moonshine
That seventh car is the most puzzling of all.
Set to be revealed at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, some think it may be an E85-fuelled version of the Demon.
Other updates for the 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger
Further enhancing the retro appeal of the 2023 final editions, the Dodge Charger and Challenger ranges see the return of some retro colors.
B5 Blue, Plum Crazy purple, and Sublime green are all available again, as is the modern color Destroyer Grey.
The ‘SRT Jailbreak’ customization options will also be available for the standard Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models. Previously, this was limited to Redeye Widebody versions.
Although a convertible version of the Challenger has never been officially made, Dodge is also now working in official partnership with Drop Top Customs.
Dodge will now ship cars straight from the factory to the Florida-based company for the roof to be sliced off, before arranging for it to be sent to a dealer for delivery.
Finally, Dodge will also offer brand new Challenger bodies until the closure of the factory the car is built at in Canada.
Costing less than $8000, it provides insurance for a car if it is damaged after the body panels are out of production.
We’re rather hoping to see people buy these empty shells and think up some crazy builds with them, too.