The Black Ghost Rises Again for 2023

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

A few years ago, at the 2017 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, a black 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE showed up. It featured a Gator Grain vinyl top, white bumblebee stripe and was rough around the edges, but it appeared to be an original example of a rare (approximately 60 Hemi R/T SEs were built for the U.S. market) Mopar muscle car.

Then the backstory started to be revealed: seems an Army veteran and police officer on the east side of Detroit bought it new and used to street race on Telegraph and other pikes around metro Detroit, then disappear for months at a time. The legend on the streets characterized the Mopar as the Black Ghost, which is the inspiration for #6 of seven “Last Call” Dodges planned for 2023 before the brand goes electric like Dylan.

The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is, as you’d expect, black all over with a white bumblebee stripe, just like the original. Ditto the Gator Grain top, though this time it’s done with vinyl roof graphics than an honest-to-goodness vinyl top.

“There are so many legendary muscle cars in Dodge brand history, it was hard to choose the seven vehicles we wanted to pay homage to with our Last Call lineup, but the Black Ghost was an easy pick,” says Dodge’s brand chief executive officer, Tim Kuniskis. “The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is the prelude to what we’re going to unveil with our seventh and final special-edition model.”

The basis for this vehicle is a Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody with 807 horsepower. Check out the details, like the chrome Challenger grille, fender and spoiler scripts that harken back to the 1970 E-body. Other features include black Mopar hood pins, 20 x 11-inch Satin Carbon Warp Speed wheels with black six-piston Brembos, Alcantara/Laguna leather seats and door panels, Alcantara steering wheel, Black Ghost badge on the instrument panel and other features that you can check out below. Only 300 will be built.

Of course, as this is part of the “Last Call” series of special-edition Dodges, it’s part of a move to allocate the entire 2023 Charger and Challenger model-year run to dealerships all at once. Dodge will provide you and your mother a guide for locating your dream 2023 Dodge at DodgeGarage.com, with ordering information coming sometime in the fall.

Highlights of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost:

  • Black “gator skin” roof vinyl
  • Bright Dodge fascia badge
  • White rear fender graphics
  • Challenger script grille, fender and spoiler badges
  • Midnight Metallic SRT grille badge
  • Bright fuel filler door
  • Black six-piston Brembo brake system
  • 3.09:1 rear axle ratio
  • 20-by-11-inch Satin Carbon Warp Speed wheels
  • Black Mopar hood pins
  • Black Ghost interior instrument panel badge
  • Alcantara/Laguna leather seats and door bolsters
  • Alcantara steering wheel with red SRT logo
  • Real carbon fiber bezels and Dynamica suede headliner