You have days, not months, to order a Challenger or Charger
Dodge is issuing the last call for its “Last Call” Chargers and Challengers.
The Stellantis-owned automaker is directing dealers to submit orders for 2023 Challengers and Chargers by the end of July. Both are going out of production by the end of the 2023 model year—specifically, no later than December 31.
All 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger models will carry commemorative “Last Call” underhood plaques, and seven Dodge “Last Call” special-edition models were introduced to help celebrate “the end of an era,” Dodge says. Potential customers can locate a Dodge “Last Call” model — ranging from the entry-level SXT to a special-edition model — through the “Horsepower Locator” tool at DodgeGarage.com, then contact a dealer to place an order.
“For enthusiasts looking to order a Dodge Challenger or Charger, especially a high-horsepower model, such as the Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat or a special-edition model, it’s truly the last call for the ‘Last Call,’” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand CEO. “As we transition to an exciting, electrified muscle car future, we’re marking the end of an unforgettable era for Dodge, and time is running out for those who want to own a piece of it.”
It will be interesting to see how many Charger and Challenger customers will migrate to that “exciting, electrified” future. The company is pushing the new hybrid Hornet SUV, with the Hornet R/T hitting dealerships this month. The R/T is “ is the most powerful in the segment with 288 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The Dodge Hornet R/T offers 32 miles of all-electric range via a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery, and 360 miles of total range, as well as a class-exclusive, on-demand PowerShot feature that supplies a burst of 30 horsepower, resulting in a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.6 seconds.”
The current Charger joined the lineup in 2006 using some Mercedes-Benz components (this was the Daimler-Chrysler era), and while the 2011 model was billed as a new generation, changes were modest, and there was also a styling update in 2015. Since the model was introduced, a Hemi V-8 was part of the lineup, and the Charger soon morphed into a genuine performance car.
The Challenger debuted at the Detroit auto show in 2006, and entered production in 2008, using many of the same parts and pieces as the Charger. Battling the fifth generations of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the retro-looking Challenger’s performance versions—particularly the 707-horsepower Hellcat that arrived in 2015—have centered more around drag racing than those of the Mustang and Camaro, which are oriented to road-course performance.