Since the 2023 model year will soon be in full swing, Dodge has released pricing for its series of Last Call special edition muscle cars. None of them come cheap, but it’s eyebrow-raising to read that the most expensive versions of these special Mopars blaze into six-figure territory.
[Editor’s Note: This picture confused the hell out of me for way longer than I’m willing to admit. – JT]
Let’s start at the top of the Last Call special edition food chain, where Dodge wants $100,910 including a $1,595 freight charge for the Challenger Black Ghost. While the natty roof graphics and smattering of chrome certainly look sweet, that’s a lot of money for a Challenger. Then again, with 807 horsepower on tap, it’s the most powerful factory-produced Challenger this side of a Demon, so that has to count for something. Plus, it comes with a great backstory we wrote about earlier involving a 1970 Challenger RT/SE that would vanquish all comers on Woodward Avenue then disappear into the night.
Next down the list, it’s the Charger King Daytona at $100,015 including a $1,595 freight charge. That’s also very expensive, but orange is a very good color and this is technically the most powerful factory-produced street-legal Charger ever. While the original King Daytona may not be on the National Historic Vehicle Registrar like the original Black Ghost Challenger is, Big Willie Robinson is an absolute legend in the west coast scene, and this very fast four-door pays tribute to an icon.
In contrast, the Charger Swinger clocks in at a whole Mazda MX-5 cheaper than the Charger King Daytona, carrying a price tag of $71,285 including a $1,595 freight charge, or $69,690 (nice) before freight. There’s no way that pre-freight price isn’t intentional. While the 6.4-liter V8 should still offer plenty of shove and green and gold is a great color combination, track fans will want to grab the next Charger model on the list.
First though, the Challenger Shakedown. This euphemism for a test drive packs a shaker hood, some stripes, and little else. Granted, it’s still based on the Scat Pack model, so it’ll still get down. The widebody version clocks in at $69,085 and the standard body version lists for $65,185, both including freight.
Oh boy, things are about to get really good again. I’m talking about the Dodge Charger Super Bee. It’s got a 392, it’s got drag radials, it’s got four doors, it’s got a warranty. Bracket racers with families dream of stuff like this. The widebody version lists for $68,895, while the standard body version is priced at $63,400, both including a $1,595 freight charge.
Finally we get to the Challenger Swinger, listing for $67,785 including freight and only offered in widebody form. Like the Charger Swinger, it’s painted the same color as The Grinch and features some sharp gold accents.
Dealers selling these special edition models can be found online through a central Dodge-owned portal, an interesting move. In doing so, Dodge has shown its cards regarding the allocation process of new vehicles. See, dealer allocation is an often opaque process that operates of something between science and vibes. In the car business, there are cars allocated for hitting sales targets, cars allocated by discretion, and a thin, fuzzy line between the two. Here’s how Dodge is allocating these special models.
All of these special edition cars will go to the top 500 dealerships in Challenger and Charger sales. It doesn’t matter if a dealer moved thousands of Journeys and Grand Caravans over the past few years, if they didn’t move much muscle, they aren’t even considered. Furthermore, there are three tiers within this selection. The top 200 will receive 12 examples each, dealers 201 to 300 get 10 examples each, and the rest get six examples each. Add each and every example up, and you get a grand total of 4,590 Last Call special editions currently allocated to dealers.
If you want one of these special Last Call Mopars, here’s what you have to do in order to buy one. First, hop on the web and go to the Dodge Horsepower Locator. Once you punch in your zip code, you’ll be able to narrow down by special edition and find the nearest dealer to you with an allocation. Then, contact that dealer to reserve your car. If they’re sold out, just keep calling around.
While the Dodge Charger and Challenger definitely aren’t perfect, they’re about as much fun as doing sketchy things with roman candles. I’ll miss these dumb, lovable lumps of cars once they perform a two-tire salute into the sunset, and so will the city of Brampton where they’re built. From Canada, with love, please enjoy the absolute hell out of these things. Oh, and if you have deep pockets but miss this round of Mopar specials, don’t worry. Two more special editions are in the pipeline.
Lead photo credit: Dodge