The company says product and supply challenges are to blame.
Dodge is saying goodbye to the V8-powered muscle car in spectacular fashion. In the past few weeks, the automaker has revealed a bevy of commemorative editions based on the Charger and Challenger. Known as the 'Last Call' series, these unique muscle cars are the swansong for the aforementioned models, with Dodge infusing a healthy dose of nostalgia into the mix.
However, it seems the seventh model will be delayed. The automaker announced that the final iteration of the limited edition models has been set back. The brand had originally planned to debut the seventh model at the 2022 SEMA show in Las Vegas, which will take place from 1-4 November.
Dodge hasn't shared many details surrounding the delay, but the Stellantis-owned company notes that once product and supply challenges have been resolved, the reveal will take place. We're guessing it will still happen before year-end, as 2023 ushers in an entirely new era for Dodge.
This is merely speculation, but Dodge may be struggling to secure enough engines for the Challenger-based model. After all, the limited edition Chrysler 300C didn't get the supercharged Hellcat motor because Stellantis cannot keep up with demand for the powertrain.
It could simply be troublesome supply chain issues, but those shouldn't affect the production of the first show car, especially since production versions of the Last Call models haven't arrived at dealers yet.
While no details had been given, the rumor mill has been churning for months, suggesting that a 900-horsepower-plus E85-capable Hellcat would be the swansong model.
The latest 'Last Call' edition to be revealed was the Challenger Black Ghost special edition. Based on the 807-horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, this future collectible harks back to the "Black Ghost," a '70 Challenger RT SE which became somewhat of a legend in Detroit. Retro details abound, such as the Mopar hood pins and the black "gator skin" roof decals.
Just 300 will be made, making it one of the rarer special edition vehicles. If you're still wondering what this 'Last Call' business is all about, Dodge is killing the Charger and Challenger models for 2023, meaning this is the last chance to get a Hemi V8 under the hood of their beloved Dodge muscle cars.
The company remains committed to a battery-powered future and recently lifted the lid on the electric Charger Daytona SRT Concept.
There's no denying it's quite the looker, with its 'retro meets modern' aesthetic and futuristic interior. For traditionalists, none of this will matter - there's no ICE engine. Performance specifications are yet to be revealed, but there's no denying the Charger Daytona will be incredibly quick.
If, however, an electric muscle car is not your cup of tea, the rest of the 'Last Call' models will most certainly appeal. Before the Black Ghost Special Edition, Dodge revealed the Challenger Shakedown special, which was inspired by a 2016 SEMA concept. Other particularly exciting models include the Charger and Challenger Swinger, as well as the 807-hp Charger King Daytona.
The final model will, most likely, be the most spectacular of them all. It should be worth the wait and, hopefully, Dodge can navigate the supply issues swiftly.