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Dodge’s V8-powered muscle cars are nearing the end of the assembly line.
The automaker has announced that production of the current Challenger and Charger will end in December 2023 before being replaced by a new electric vehicle platform.
The Charger sedan has been in production since 2005 at the automaker’s plant in Brampton, Canada, where the Challenger coupe joined in 2008. Since then, more than three billion horsepower of cars have been built.
Dodge is celebrating for both models with a slew of special editions and options, along with the installation of a commemorative “Last Call” badge under the hood of every 2023 vehicle.
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The 2023 Dodge Challenger will be the last V8-powered muscle car the company makes.
Six new versions of the pair will be introduced in the coming weeks with a seventh debut at the SEMA auto show in Las Vegas in November.
No details on any of them have been released, but Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said the seventh will make history, suggesting it could replace the 808-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon as the most powerful combustion engine muscle car ever made.
Dodge offers customizable Jailbreak models with 717 horsepower and 807 horsepower supercharged Hellcat engines.
Dodge is also expanding its highly customizable Jailbreak ordering option launched last year with the 807-horsepower V8-powered Challenger and Charger Hellcat Redeye models with supercharger, featuring the standard 717-horsepower Hellcat engine. The Jailbreak allows customers to mix and match paint colors, trim and appearance packs in almost any combination they can think of.
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The classic Dodge paint finishes B5 Blue, Plum Crazy Purple and Sublime Green will be added back to the available palette this year, along with the more modern Destroyer Grey.
B2 Blue is one of the classic Dodge paint colors that will be offered in 2023.
Dodge is taking the unusual step of releasing its dealer assignments for the entire model year online so customers can find exactly the car they’re looking for.
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Pricing and additional information will be released in the coming weeks and the six-cylinder Challenger and Charger models will also be discontinued.
The first electric Dodge muscle car is scheduled for the 2024 model year.