“Last Call” Dodge Charger and Challenger Models Nod to Their Muscle Car Heritage

Dodge King Daytona Featured Image. Photo: Dodge
Dodge King Daytona Featured Image. Photo: Dodge
2023 Dodge King Daytona Interior. Photo: Dodge

2023 Dodge King Daytona Interior. Photo: Dodge

Special editions of the Charger and Challenger will cap the run of these classic muscle cars.

Classic American muscle, the Dodge Charger and Challenger, are at the end of the line as Stellantis, parent company of Dodge, makes its pivot to electric cars. But they are not going out without a bang. Visitors to North American International Auto Show in Detroit were able to check out Dodge’s “Last Call” lineup, many of which will be available at Dodge dealers soon.

Each of the “Last Call” models has special design details and are tuned to be unforgettable, whether you’re behind the wheel or just feel the breeze as they rumble by. Here’s a look at what they are and why they are special.

The 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona Made Famous on the Street Racing Circuit

Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s drag race scene, William ‘Big Willie” Robinson founded the Brotherhood of Street Racers, a group that wanted to bring change to the LA drag race scene. His focus was to make street racing safer. He forged peace one race at a time, with a reckless confidence of speed and bravery. Big Willie nicknamed his 1969 Dodge Charger “King Daytona.” With a bump in horsepower, 797 to be exact, today’s 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona is a nod to ‘Big Willie’s’ original. The King Daytona will hit zero to sixty in just 3.2 seconds.

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Dodge Charger King Daytona. Photo: Dodge

Dodge Charger King Daytona. Photo: Dodge

Fun Special Editions Mark the end of the Current Charger and Challenger Styles

The 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona debuted at the North American International Auto Show with a ‘Go Mango’ exterior paired with a distinctive orange interior. Highlighting the interior are the Black Nappa/Alcantara “Daytona” seats complete with orange stitching and King Daytona orange instrument panel badge. The stitching accents the instrument panel, console, steering wheel and door trim. Only 300 of these special vehicles will be produced. This special edition Dodge Charger King Daytona is a true icon that honors muscle car history. And like all 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger models, Dodge Charger King Daytona will sport a commemorative “Last Call” under-hood plaque, featuring the vehicle name and a vehicle silhouette.

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Dodge King Daytona Badge. Photo: Dodge

Dodge King Daytona badge. Photo: Dodge

What does Last Call mean?

Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer, Stellantis said, “The final Dodge ‘Last Call’ models will continue to celebrate the legacy of the Dodge Charger and the Challenger by paying tribute to two vehicles that hold a special place in our brand’s history.” The Dodge Charger King Daytona follows previously announced models: Dodge Challenger Shakedown, Dodge Charger Super Bee and Dodge Challenger and Charger Scat Pack Swinger models.

Also, heads up! These last call editions have limited production numbers, so if you want one be prepared to pounce when they are available.

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Dodge Charger Shakedown. Photo- Dodge

Dodge Charger Shakedown. Photo: Dodge

What About the other Last Call Models?

The Dodge Challenger Shakedown was revealed on August 24, 2022 as a tribute to the concept Dodge Challenger Shakedown concept that was originally shown at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas. This special-edition vehicle merges vintage and modern with its original themed black and red interior and exterior.

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2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee. Photo: Dodge

2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee. Photo: Dodge

Popular Super Bee gets a fun Color

Sure to create a “buzz,” the second in the Last Call series was the Dodge Charger Super Bee. Dodge will only produce 1,000 of these special-editions, so if you are lucky enough to see one, I promise you will “bee-witched.” The Dodge Charger Super Bee is legendary for being an ultra-high-performance vehicle that would not only serve as your daily driver but prove to be a warrior on the track or drag strip. Order yours and bring one home to your “hive.”

Swinger Last Call Model. Photo: Dodge

Swinger Last Call Model. Photo: Dodge

The Swinger is a nod to the Scat Pack Club.

We know that beauty is in the eye of the “bee-holder,” and the third and fourth Last Call roll outs, the 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Swinger and the 2023 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger are “bee-autiful”. Okay, enough with my puns.

With their unique styling, this pair channels the Dodge brand’s “swinging” muscle car line-up from the 1960’s and 1970’s. The original Dodge Dart Swinger was a member of the Dodge Scat Pack club. The color on these hip vehicle includes a green-on-green interior/exterior combination with gold color accents with wood panel interior touches. The “Swinger” edition packs a punch with a lot of horsepower in a compact package.

There are two more Last Call models yet to be revealed: The sixth will debut on September 21, 2022 and the seventh at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, scheduled for November 1-4, 2022. DodgeGarage.com will have dealership and ordering information process as well as pricing available later this fall.

Get ’em while you can, because as we know about Dodge, when they’re gone they’re gone.

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