Dodge Challenger Black Ghost; Sixth Last Call Model AnnouncedNovember 22, 2022
Continuing its streak of reveals, Dodge is showcasing the Challenger “Black Ghost,” the sixth out of seventh “Last Call” models to be introduced for the Challenger’s (and Charger’s) twilight year.
The 2023 Challenger Black Ghost pays homage to a similarly named model of Woodward Avenue legend. Owned by Godfrey Qualls, the original Black Ghost was a 1970 Challenger RT SE powered by a 426 HEMI. It went on to earn a spot in the National Historic Vehicle Register in 2020, and remains in the Qualls family.
The OG famously flexed its muscle before driving off into the night, gone without a trace; the new one should be equally stealthy thanks to the black and chrome appearance dressing the SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. Under the hood is something less inconspicuous; the Hellcat Redeye’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 beefed up to 807 horsepower.
Some of the more standout appearance features include the bright Dodge badging upfront and the “gator skin” roof vinyl. Less noticeable is the Midnight Metallic SRT grille badge, black MOPAR hood pins and six-piston Brembo brakes. The undercover interior is wrapped in a mix of Alcantara and leather, broken up by the red SRT logo on the wheel and carbon fiber bezels.
The sad news is that only 300 of these will be made, allocated to specific dealerships. As with all “Last Call” models, pricing and ordering details will be shared once ordering opens later this fall.
Chevrolet Camaro Collector’s Edition Honors “Panther” OriginsJune 6, 2023
Chevrolet’s sixth-generation Camaro is finally on its way out. To celebrate the final year of production, Chevy has revealed a limited run Collector’s Edition, available on all trims.
The special edition contains numerous “Panther” references, commemorating the original internal code name for the Camaro. The ZL1 Collector’s Edition will come with Panther Black Matte paint, the first matte paint offered on a factory Camaro, while all other trims come in Panther Black Metallic Tintcoat.
Either paint is accented by Satin Black stripes and various darkened components. Continuing the feline references, all Collector’s Edition Camaros will have a panther integrated into the “Camaro” logo on the front fenders, and a panther on the steering wheel logo. The ZL1 receives the ZL1 1LE’s front splitter and rear wing (the latter only on coupes). All other trims include 20-inch satin black or polished forged wheels, the front splitter from the SS 1LE package, and, on coupes, the rear spoiler from the ZL1.
In addition to the car, Collector’s Edition buyers will also receive two Camaro posters and a special Camaro watch. Made by Shinola, the 45mm watch will have a serial number matching the customer’s individual car and, you guessed it, a panther engraved on the band.
When the sixth-generation Camaro came out in 2016, it won MotorWeek’s Driver’s Choice Award for Best Sport Coupe. We were equally happy with the later ZL1 model, calling it “an easy to love, complete track package.”