As Dodge prepares to send its trusty muscle cars into the sunset, it is rolling out a series of limited-edition packages and the second of seven ‘Last Call’ models has made its debut.
The performance brand went back in time for the 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee – adding a mix of performance and looks features, including adaptive dampers and radial tires. Only 1,000 Charger Super Bees will be produced for the coming model year.
“The special edition 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee once again offers a Dodge vehicle that feels at home both on the street and on the dragstrip,” said Tim Kuniskis, Chief Executive Officer of the Dodge – Stellantis brand. “The Dodge Super Bee is more than a reminder of a cool heritage name — it’s also a Charger variant of the Challenger 1320 grassroots racing pack.”
Last Call for the Charger and Challenger
Last month, Dodge confirmed widespread rumors that it would kill off its two gasoline-powered muscle cars, the Charger and Challenger, by the end of the 2023 model year. Come 2024, it’s going to be a new, all-electric performance model based on the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept vehicle.
But it’s fitting that Charger and Challenger are sent off with a bang rather than a wail. A total of seven “Last Call” versions will be produced in 2023, with Dodge putting the covers on the first, the Challenger Shakedown, last week. That model is based on the Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show.
Second in line, Dodge draws the second limited-run model as “the highest-performing Charger Super Bee model ever produced.”
A long history
The name first appeared in 1968 on the old Dodge Coronet coupe. A Charger version debuted three years later. It returned in 2012 with the brand’s 392 V-8, which fitted just below the Charger SRT package.
Oddly enough, Dodge isn’t yet saying what powers the latest Charger Super Bee — but it’s expected to use that V-8 to make 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the rear axle via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new Super Bee starts with the Dodge Scat Pack package and adds new adaptive dampers designed for both track and street driving. Notably, they add a new “Drag Mode”.
Standard and Widebody versions
Half of the 1,000 cars will use the standard-width charger and be fitted with 20-inch wheels with 275-wide radial tires. The remaining 500 will be Charger Widebody packs with 18-inch wheels and 315-wide radial drag.
Other special features include an SRT bonnet scoop, Mopar bonnet pin kit, dual heat extractors and black SRT exhaust tips, as well as the signature Super Bee bonnet decal and fender and grille badges. Four-piston red Brembo brakes complete the hardware package.
The standard width model, meanwhile, will be finished in B5 Blue paint with blue graphics, the widebody models will get Plum Crazy purple paint with white graphics.
More to come as Dodge prepares to go electric
Dodge plans to introduce five more Last Call models, the next on September 7. The final version, which Dodge promises to be the showpiece, will be rolled out at the 2022 SEMA Show.
At a time when the US auto industry struggles with inventory shortages, the automaker is taking special steps to create what Kuniskis has described as a “transparent” ordering process. If you’re looking for one of the Last Call packages — indeed, for any 2023 Dodge Charger or Challenger — you can track availability on the automaker’s public website.
The two muscle cars will end their production run next year at the Stellantis plant in Brampton, Ontario. At that time, the factory will be completely demolished and converted to electric vehicle production. Sometime in 2024, Kuniskis explained last month, a new all-electric muscle car will make its debut. Dodge officials generally hinted that it will be working closely on the design of the Charger Daytona concept.
To differentiate the all-electric model from other EVs, Dodge plans to give it a multi-speed transmission, a novelty in the all-electric market. And it can also take advantage of the concept’s electronic “exhaust” system, which on the Daytona can rival the 126-decibel roar of current Charger and Challenger Hellcat models.