It’s the end of an era.
Dodge has decided to bow out of the muscle car market and go “green.”
But Dodge just released its second to last call with one hell of an iconic muscle car.
Dodge was once a powerhouse in the auto industry.
But after failing to properly read and understand their market, they had to take massive taxpayer bailouts just to survive.
Then they were bought out by foreign automaker Daimler Benz.
Now Dodge, seemingly ignoring all their past mistakes, has decided to ignore one avid portion of their customer base and is ending the production of muscle cars.
Instead, they are going green in a misguided and likely financially damaging effort to appease the wimpy leftists who despise “car guys.”
But at least they are going out with a bang.
Dodge announced the “Last Call” special-edition model, 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost.
The new release is a modern-day version of the HEMI®-powered muscle car that haunted metro Detroit’s famed Woodward Avenue in the 1970s.
The original Black Ghost, a black 1970 Dodge Challenger RT SE (special edition) owned by Godfrey Qualls, ruled Woodward Avenue in the 1970s.
Qualls’ 1970 Challenger quickly earned a legendary reputation for flexing its 426 HEMI-powered muscle on Woodward and then driving off mysteriously into the night, not to be seen again for months, leading to the “Black Ghost” nickname.
In 2020, Qualls’ vehicle earned a spot on the National Historic Vehicle Register and remains in the Qualls family to this day.
The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost special edition offers a modern version of the historic vehicle, with a black-and-chrome appearance, that includes unique black “gator skin” roof vinyl graphics, similar to the original, around a Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody bumped up to 807 horsepower.
The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is the sixth of seven special-edition Dodge “Last Call” models from the automaker.
It follows the previously announced Dodge Challenger Shakedown, Dodge Charger Super Bee, Dodge Challenger and Charger Scat Pack Swinger, and Dodge Charger King Daytona models.
The “Last Call” models celebrate the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, which are coming to a sad end.
There will only be one final Dodge “Last Call” model announced, this November at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Only 300 of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost “Last Call” models will be produced.
All 300 will be Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody vehicles in Pitch Black exterior color.
Highlights of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost include the previously mentioned black “gator skin” roof vinyl, bright Dodge fascia badge, white rear fender graphics, and Challenger script grille with both fender and spoiler badges.
Mechanically it will be a true muscle car, with black six-piston Brembo brake system, a 3.09:1 rear axle ratio, and 20-by-11-inch Satin Carbon Warp Speed wheels spinning on 807 horsepower.
Black Mopar hood pins, Black Ghost interior instrument panel badge, alcantara/Laguna leather seats and door bolsters, an alcantara steering wheel with red SRT logo, and real carbon fiber bezels and Dynamica suede headliner complete the badass look of this beast.
If you’re looking to get your hands on one, the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost will be allocated to a few select specific dealerships.
While the automaker is sending its muscle cars off with a bang, if they continue down the green highway, it may be the last call for the once proud car maker as well.
Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.