Dodge proceeds to slide into the future by shelling out homage to its past with the most up-to-date “Last Call” design: the Challenger Black Ghost special edition.
The new featuring — six of 7 — was inspired by a Detroit-region racing legend from the 1970s: the Black Ghost. Only 300 of the Black Ghosts will be made.
The first was a 1970 Dodge Challenger RT SE, black with a white bumblebee stripe, owned by Godfrey Qualls. He founded a popularity for effectively coming out beneath the protect of darkness on Woodward Avenue, the important north-south artery major from downtown Detroit out to the suburbs of Oakland County.
It was not a showy vehicle, but run by a 426 Hemi V-8 and Qualls was all organization. Get a handful of practice operates to gin up interest in a couple races, smoke the competitiveness and then disappear just as promptly. Immediately after its racing days — at minimum its formal racing era — the car or truck showed up in the well-known Detroit Autorama and a number of other sites about city.
The vehicle still stays in the Qualls family members, taking a couple (victory?) laps alongside Woodward in the course of the Woodward Desire Cruise every single calendar year. It is been the topic of slew of content articles and a quick documentary and now is on the Nationwide Historic Auto Sign-up, where the vehicle’s historical past will be archived in the Library of Congress for good.
A modern interpretation
The latest operate of particular version Dodge Challenger and Chargers permits supporters to reminisce about instances absent by, but this is a significant trip the manufacturer is honoring — and it is doing so critically.
“There are so several famous muscle mass autos in Dodge brand history, it was tough to opt for the seven vehicles we wanted to shell out homage to with our Final Get in touch with line-up, but the Black Ghost was an quick select,” mentioned Tim Kuniskis, Dodge manufacturer main govt officer — Stellantis.
“The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is the prelude to what we’re likely to unveil with our seventh and closing unique-edition design.”
The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost special version features a fashionable manifestation of the historic automobile, wrapping a black-and-chrome visual appeal, together with distinctive black “gator skin” roof vinyl graphics identical to the first, all around a Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody bumped up to 807 horsepower.
It also characteristics black 6-piston Brembo brakes, 20-by-11-inch Satin Carbon Warp Speet Wheels, Challenger grille script, fender and spoiler badges and Midnight Metallic SRT grille badge accent the inside, together with white rear fender graphics. On the within, you’ll uncover a Black Ghost instrument panel badge, Alcantara/Laguna leather seats and door bolsters, and Alcantara steering wheel with red SRT symbol gown up the interior.