The ominous 807-HP Last Call Redeye 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is available now.
In recognition of a Detroit area legend, just 300 will be constructed.
A black 1970 Dodge Challenger powered by a 426 Hemi V8 used to cruise Woodward Avenue in Detroit back in the 1970s. It supposedly damaged rivals in stoplight scraps on the iconic stretch of road when it would appear at random and then vanish for months. It was dubbed the Black Ghost, and it returns as Dodge’s sixth Last Call limited-edition vehicle.
As with the Dodge Charger King Daytona that made its premiere on September 14, this is the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost, not a Scat Pack with an appearance package. The base is the Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody, but Dodge increases the supercharged 6.2-liter V8’s horsepower to 807. It will be almost as uncommon as the SRT Super Stock, which made its debut in 2020, according to the Challenger hierarchy. Production of 300 Black Ghosts is planned, and as the name suggests, it will only come in black.
Along with increased power, the exterior has received several unique changes that pay respect to the original Challenger. The roof has Gator skin vinyl decorations, and the quarter panels have contrasting white stripes added. Retro badging is present, including chrome Dodge branding on the nose and written Challenger badges on the fenders. The 20-inch wheels and the SRT emblem on the grille both have a shiny finish. Inside, the instrument panel features a unique Black Ghost logo and carbon fibre bezels. The inside is further adorned with Alcantara on the steering wheel, door bolsters, and seats.
The Black Ghost was an easy choice, according to Dodge Brand CEO Tim Kuniskis. “There are so many classic muscle cars in Dodge brand history, it was hard to choose the seven vehicles we wanted to pay respect to with our Last Call lineup,” he added. “Our seventh and last special-edition model, the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost, is the precursor to what we’re about to reveal.”
Dodge’s seven Last Call announcements began with the Challenger Shakedown in late August. Following the Dodge Challenger Super Bee, the Charger received a Swinger kit. The seventh and final model, the Charger King Daytona, was already discussed, but it won’t be unveiled until the November 2022 SEMA Show. Given the extra pomp and circumstance for this particular vehicle, it’s possible that the final high-horsepower Hemi before electrification takes over will be a 900-hp Challenger optimised to operate on E85.
The Rambling About Cars podcast, which is available below, has further information about the Hemi engine and news on recent vehicle debuts.