Dodge Charger King Daytona with 807 hp and 2,023 hp set to dominate the sector

The only special orange edition is the Hellcat Redeye Edition honoring legendary racer “Big Willie” Robinson

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Dodge’s latest Last Call special is – as I was able to predict by now – another retro throwback model, this time specifically going back to the custom 1969 Daytona Charger raced in the ’70s by “Big Willy” Robinson up and down the West Coast.

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The machine that the legendary anti-hot gangster races into was called “King Daytona” and painted Hemi Orange, so this new trim is a must.

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Robinson, a six-foot-six Vietnamese vet in a black leather jacket and bowler hat, is best known for founding in 1966 the International Brotherhood of Street Racers. His goal was to keep young people away from street violence by engaging them instead in quarter-mile motorsports in punishing track events. his motto? “Peace through the race”.

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By the 1970s, he was furthering this goal with help from the very bright orange “Daytona 69” Charger, the Daytona King. Likewise, the 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona made a similar leap — it boasts 10 horsepower over typical Hellcat Redeye Widebody models, for a total of 807 horsepower. It also wears orange, Dodge’s Go Mango, along with hood pins, satin black hood and fender badges, satin black spoiler and 20-inch Warp Speed ​​wheels, and orange Brembo brakes.

A performance bump like this breaks the pattern shaped by other Last Call specials we’ve seen so far — to sum up, this Challenger ShkidonAnd the Super B chargerAnd the Scat Pack Swinger – which were mostly appearance packs. Another new break: The Charger King Daytona will be limited to just 300 models, not 1,000 models of every previous car.

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If you’re counting, you’ll know we’re now moving on to another special one, set to debut on September 21, before Dodge pulls the covers off a very special seventh and last of its kind at the SEMA Show in November. Looking back, the number six car next week is likely to be a throwback to the famous “Black Ghost” Challenger, a street racing legend who was campaigned under cover of darkness by a Detroit cop.

Besides the seven specials, we’ll note that up until model year 2023 Challengers and Chargers will get a special “Last Call” plate under the hood, with that being the end of the nameplates and all.


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