By Dave Ashton
The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is the sixth instalment of the ‘Last Call’ series, with only 300 examples being made available. The real-world version was shown for the first time at the Chicago Motor Show, originally announced back in September 2022.
This latest Limited edition model from Dodge has popped out of nowhere. The latest Black Ghost is influenced by the infamous 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE Street racer, a 426 Hemi vehicle which won many drag races on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue back in the day.
The original Dodge Challenger was introduced in 1970 and was an instant hit with car enthusiasts. The car’s aggressive styling and powerful performance made it a favorite among muscle car enthusiasts. The first-generation Challenger was available with a variety of engines, ranging from a 225-cubic inch slant-six to a 426-cubic inch HEMI V8 engine.
Over the years, the Challenger went through various changes and updates, and it was eventually discontinued in 1974 due to changes in emission regulations. However, the Challenger name was revived in 2008 when Dodge introduced the third-generation Challenger.
Inside and out
The Black Ghost is powered by a 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine, which produces a whopping 807 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque. This power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. The car’s top speed is an impressive 203 mph, making it one of the fastest muscle cars on the road.
But the Black Ghost isn’t just about power. The car is also packed with features designed to enhance the driving experience. The suspension has been upgraded, with adaptive dampers and thicker sway bars to improve handling and reduce body roll. The brakes have also been upgraded, with six-piston black-painted Brembo callipers and 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels.
One standout feature is the faux-gator-skin roof, replicating the original vinyl top. It’s a seventies thing, so just go with it. There are also old-school hood pins, along with a chrome Dodge logo and chrome fuel door.
Inside, the Black Ghost is equipped with a host of luxury features, all in black. The seats are upholstered in premium leather, and the dashboard is covered in soft-touch materials. The car also comes with a state-of-the-art infotainment system, which includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a premium audio system.
In conclusion, the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is built upon a rich history that dates back to the 1970s. The car pays homage to the original Challenger’s iconic styling while also incorporating modern features and technology. With its unique design, advanced features, and exceptional performance, the Black Ghost is sure to become a favourite among car enthusiasts.
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