American car manufacturer Cleverness is a titan of the industry. The brand isn’t really known for making cars for the average buyer or the daily commuter who just wants to get from point A to B. Plus, if one is a die-hard, ardent Dodge fan, chances are even the brand’s own vehicles would. don’t, unless there’s something that really sets them apart. Keeping in mind that there will always be customers who want something really special and unique, automakers from time to time release special editions of their most popular models, and Dodge is no different.
While Dodge has made some truly unique and memorable cars in its 122-year history, there have also been certain special models that have gone down in history as the coolest ever. Unsurprisingly, when these models came out, they sold like hot cakes in the market. There are always unique and one-off elements in these special edition models that have cemented them in automotive history, an X factor that justifies the ‘special’ in their name. That said, let’s take a look at the absolute coolest special edition cars to ever come off Dodge’s assembly line.
10/10 2017 Dodge SRT Viper 1:28 Edition ACR
The Dodge Viper is a car that has set numerous road records. One of the most incredibly successful cars for the Michigan-based automaker, the Viper set the record at Laguna Seca Raceway by mastering the track in just 1 minute and 28 seconds during development.
Dodge commemorated this achievement with the special SRT Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, and this special edition of the Viper had its own distinctive flavor and features. It had clear decals and the iconic Viper stripe that was now red and thick, with a smaller black stripe through it. During the 28 seconds to the minute it took the Viper to top the Laguna Seca, only 28 models were made and each owner also had to have their name painted on the driver’s door.
9/10 1963 Dodge 330 Ramcharger
Dodge has been an indelible part of the muscle car segment of American automotive history. The segment itself has thrived for decades thanks to inter-brand competition. Every car manufacturer has raced against each other for decades to make the lightest muscle car with the most massive engine, hoping their car will be the one to hit the 60 mph mark before the rest.
The 1963 Dodge 330 Ramcharger was no different. More than half a century ago, the 330 Ramcharger was lightning fast for its time, and from the moment it hit the streets it became an instant classic. Customers loved this special edition and the fact that Dodge launched only 162 units of this car off their assembly line made it even more of a collector’s car.
8/10 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
When Dodge decided to produce a limited edition new Charger in 2006 and announced its intention in 2005, fans panicked. This was all because of the name they decided to give this new Charger, which harkens back to the racing days of the brand. The 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T was announced at the Daytona International Speedway during Speed Week. The timing simply couldn’t be better.
Featuring a unique front fascia with its distinctive chin spoiler and grille with a blacked-out honeycomb design, the 2006 Charger Daytona R/T certainly turned heads. The car also had black Daytona and Hemi decals on the front and sides. The boot lid came with a black spoiler that stood out in a good way, and the distinctive historic R/T badging made this special edition Charger the talk of the town.
7/10 1970 Dodge Challenger Trans Am
One of the rarest muscle cars around and the dream of collectors and gearheads alike, the 1970 Dodge Charger Trans Am was actually released in 1969 and was designed primarily for SCCA Trans-Am racing. Although rated for 290 hp, it is estimated that the ’70 Challenger T/A actually made 350 hp or more, with 345 lb-ft of torque.
Dodge gave this Challenger the most beautiful styling, making it truly one of the most beautiful cars ever. Unfortunately, the cost of developing this special edition of Trans Am was too great to justify, leading to its discontinuation. The limited number of these models makes it all the more rare today.
6/10 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 Voodoo Edition
By the time 2010 rolled around, both Dodge and customers were unsure of what the future held for the Viper. The Gen IV models were getting older by the day and Dodge seemed to have no plans for their succession. 2010 was also a year of very low production with only 500 Vipers coming off the assembly line.
Dodge then chose to release a limited edition Viper, which was a very rare run of only 20 units. They called this the Viper Voodoo Edition. This special edition replicated the Viper housed in the main house of FCA head Ralph Gilles. Much ACR technology and equipment came together to form the Viper Voodoo Edition, and the car was painted black, with gray and red pinstripes along the body. This was one of the rarest, most special Dodge Vipers out there, and it looked good.
5/10 Dodge Challenger Mopar V10 Drag Pak
Mopar, which used to be FCA’s parts and service division, occasionally released special edition Dodge Challengers. These special Challengers are built by hand, with a lot of love to make them especially for one purpose. The Mopar Challengers were built to compete in National Hot Rod Association and National Muscle Car Association races.
Mopar stuffed these Challengers with huge V10 engines underneath, which more often than not resulted in these Challengers not being legal on the road. Nevertheless, they succeeded in their mission, which was to set fire to the drag strip. In 2021, the last Challenger Mopar V10 Drag Pack featured a supercharged 354 cubic inch Hemi V8 engine, and while it was rated at 630 horsepower, it probably produced over 1000 horses.
4/10 Dodge Dart GTS 440 from 1968
The compact Dodge Dart was launched in the twilight of the 1960s and with it Dodge had one of the lightest muscle cars on its hands. Of course, this also made it one of the fastest. Despite coming with 340 or 283 cubic inch V8 engine options, gearboxes seemed to want more, and Dodge listened, leading to the birth of the GTS 440 edition of the Dodge Dart.
The automaker, in conjunction with Hurst Performance, has developed just a handful of these special editions of the Dodge Dart to fit a 440 cubic-inch V8 engine in the car. As a result, this marked victory for the 440 GTS Dart in several NHRA races. Consequently, the 1968 Dodge Dart GTS 440 became a symbol of the need for speed that can never be satisfied, and it remains a unique special edition in Dodge history.
3/10 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee Hemi
Another extremely rare Dodge Charger, the special edition Super Bee Hemi was originally made for the brand’s Coronet model range. However, in 1971 Dodge moved it to the Charger as the Coronet stopped offering a two-door body style. With special equipment, exclusive colors and decals, and a 383 V8 engine, the ’71 Dodge Charger Super Bee Hemi was a recipe for success.
It even came with a 426 Hemi as an option, producing 425 horsepower. With the 426 Hemi engine option, Dodge has only ever made 22 Super Bees, making the car extremely rare and one of the most collectible Dodge vehicles of all time.
2/10 1998 Dodge Viper GT2 Championship Edition
The Viper brought home so many wins and records for Dodge that it spawned numerous special editions. In fact, this is only the third Viper on this list, which just goes to show how special this car has been to Dodge. In 1997, the Viper GTS-R won the FIA GT2 Championship and Dodge decided to celebrate by bringing the race-only car to the streets with a special street-legal edition.
The color of the ’97 Viper GT2 Championship Edition was white, with two blue stripes in the center, representing the colors of the winning team. Dodge packed the car into a special edition full of all the racetrack model decals. They even went a step further and installed a five-point harness in the GT2 Championship edition to replicate the feeling of being in the real race car, and only developed 100 units of this special Viper.
1/10 Ram SRT10 night runner
The only pickup truck on this list, the Ram SRT10 Night Runner is without a doubt one of the most ridiculous pickup trucks to ever come off the assembly line. As the name suggests, the Night Runner came with a Viper powerplant under its massive hood. Of course, this was an insane combination, as the engineers took a V10 engine from a 500 horsepower supercar and put it in a RWD pickup.
The V10 engine in question was born in a joint effort between Chrysler and Lamborghini, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. With only 9,500 units ever made, there are even fewer units of the Ram SRT10 Night Runner still functional, and the truck is arguably one of the most whimsical and insane vehicles Dodge has ever produced.