One of the most iconic muscle cars ever built, the Dodge Challenger has had a historic run on the brand’s lineup. It was first introduced in 1969 and had a short run through the 1974 model year, then resurfaced in 1977 through 1983 before it was shelved again. It wouldn’t make a return again until 2008, but its latest run has been one of its most successful, lasting more than twice as long as either of its previous runs. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and the upcoming model year will be the final for this form of the icon. We cannot wait to see all of the final 2023 Dodge Challenger models out on the roads of Topeka, Kansas.
The biggest “new thing'' for the 2023 model year is the introduction of the Last Call special edition models, which we’ll touch on to the right. Other than those special trim levels, each Challenger R/T model will include 345 badging on the fender to represent the HEMI engine they’re powered by, plus a brushed aluminum underhood plaque highlighting each one’s nature as a Last Call model. Jailbreak options will also be available on more models this year.
How much power and how well your Challenger performs depends on which trim level you opt for, as that determines which powertrain is beneath its hood. The SXT and GT models kick things off with a 3.6L V6 engine that can generate up to 303 horsepower. Things improve from there with a 375-hp 5.7L V8 in the R/T models, a 485-hp 6.4L V8 in the R/T Scat Pack models, a 717-hp 6.2L V8 in the Hellcat models, a 797-hp 6.2L V8 in the Hellcat Redeye models and, finally, an 807-hp 6.2L V8 in the Super Stock.
In addition to the ordinary 2023 Dodge Challenger models, which are anything but ordinary to be fair, Dodge is introducing a host of Last Call special editions for both the Challenger and Charger. Thus far, the Challenger Shakedown and Scat Pack Swinger models have been unveiled, but we expect the sixth of seven models to also be a Challenger, and who knows what the extra-special seventh model will be at this point. Be sure to check out our blog to see if more information has been made available.
If you think you might be interested in one of the final Dodge Challenger gas-powered muscle cars ever built, be sure to check out our inventory or get in touch with us to inquire about availability. We hope to see you behind the wheel.