Dodge Rolls on With ‘Last Call’ Editions

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
dodge rolls on with last call editions

The speed freaks at Dodge pulled a two-fer yesterday with what are technically the third and fourth of seven Dodge special-edition "Last Call" models. Called the Swinger, they’re based on the R/T Scat Pack trim and are both Widebody models – but no word if there’s a pineapple included to display in the windshield when parked.


Only 1,000 each of the 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Swinger and 2023 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger will be produced. As we’ve noted before, Dodge has said they will be allocating all these cars at once to salivating dealers and – here’s the twist – posting that information on a public website. This should create the kind of scavenger hunt not seen since that time in grade school when teachers hid candy around the classroom. 


Those who recall the old Dodge Dart Swinger can recreate a homage to that car’s classic green-on-green colorway by choosing from either F8 Green or Sublime Green exterior color options, paired with a smattering of green interior trim. White Knuckle paint is also available as an option. Throwback cursive graphics crop up on the rear fenders, wrapping around the bodywork as they did on the original cars roughly 50 years ago. Gold tinted addenda (appropriately called ‘Gold School’) pops up on the grille, spoiler, and wheels. 

Black six-piston Brembo-branded brakes are part of the deal, as are Nappa/Alcantara seats with green stitching and a green Dodge logo. Your author is partial to the Shaker hood scoop on the Challenger variant, partly because I’m an irritating extrovert but also because that detail jumps and shakes (hence its name) with every prod of the driver’s right foot. It’s a tremendous bit of theatre, the type of which for which some of us will pine after the last internal combustion shuts down for good in the year 20whatever.


All 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger models, regardless of trim, carry a special commemorative “Last Call” underhood plaque which will surely make every 2023 Charger and Challenger especially desirable to attendees of Barrett-Jackson several decades from now. A solid half dozen special-edition Challenger and Charger models will be revealed through September 21, 2022. The seventh and final 2023 Dodge model — promised to be “the very last of its kind” — will be revealed at the 2022 SEMA Show in Vegas, scheduled for early November.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 12, 2022

    404 error is fixed, if anyone has anything intelligent to say about the last model year of these.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 12, 2022

    I'll start: The Charger above does 0-60 in something like 4.2 seconds. Quicker than the slowest Mustang Mach-E, but slower than the quickest Mustang Mach-E. So be careful around the soccer moms - they may be driving one of the expensive ones. (Her Mexico vehicle might beat your Canadian one - but either way you're an awesome American.)

  • SCE to AUX Cox reports that inventory is at 37 days - a far cry from the 60-70 considered normal just a few years ago. Average 'listing price' is $46k.https://www.coxautoinc.com/market-insights/new-vehicle-inventory-july-2022/Demand remains high and supply remains low, which is why dealers continue to mark up prices.As for affordability, it's not that people's income has changed, but car prices are pushing some out of the market. That will have a long-term effect on new car demand, but it will also drive used car prices even higher.In the last year, Tesla has now passed VoA, BMW, Mazda, and Lexus, and is close to catching Subaru. That's gotta bother some people.
  • Arthur Dailey I do miss the exuberant exterior colours of the 1950's domestics, including the two-tone paint jobs. And 'there is no face like chrome'.
  • Bunkie From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department, the headline of the ad that occupied the screen right next to the picture of this Maserati read “Blunder #11”It’s an in joke in my household as my wife keeps getting offers from one of her financial institutions to lease a Maserati, an offer that is, consistently, declined.
  • Theflyersfan Interest rates going sky high should knock out the next group of people on the fence waiting to buy. I haven't looked, but I'm betting 2.9 and 3.9% on longer 60+ month loans are either gone or almost impossible to qualify for. I'm starting to get "turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater" vibes here. And if you're an American in Iran, get out. We don't need a sequel to Argo.
  • Theflyersfan @Matthew Guy: You might have jumped the gun on this one a little bit. Chevy's website doesn't have a build/config page up yet, nor does KBB or Edmunds. All we have to go on is what Chevy has leaked out to us without seeing the finished product. And I don't see prices on options and each model just yet, just somewhat "around this amount." But all that being said, if I was in the market for a pickup, and saying that I close on a new home later this week (locked in rates before interest rates really went crazy), the MX-5 might need a stablemate. And the "regular" trucks that everyone thinks of have just gotten too large, too over-styled (except for the Ram), and way too expensive. So this size truck seems to hit the sweet spot of people, cargo, and ease of driving/parking needs. So, I'd probably go mid-range with something like the Z71 trim level. I'm guessing it'll be in the mid-30's with enough tech to keep everything connected, reasonable enough fuel economy, and comfort for a road trip. There are some great offroad trails all around Kentucky, and that would have me interested in something like a ZR2, but without knowing exact cost, not sure about that one.But in this class, the Tacoma and Ranger are up there in years and Nissan, while putting in a different engine and transmission, pretty much tidied up the same old bones and is selling it as all new...(Z car...cough...cough). I'd still have to try the Frontier vs. Colorado to make up my mind.
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