Dodge did quite well on the first day of its Speed Week by announcing six legacy models based on the Charger and Challenger. Influenced by the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, they would serve as the swan song for the V8 era ahead of the inevitable electric future. Details about all six will be revealed later this year, but we’re even more excited to learn about the mysterious seventh car. It looks like it will be “the last of its kind.”
Heading to SEMA in Las Vegas in early November, the muscle car was “destined for the history books,” according to Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis. He refrained from going into any details, but he pointed to the “1FAST29” plate. The blue Michigan “Water-Winter-Wonderland” license plate was recently brought back, having been used by the state for the first time in 1965.
The sketchy license plate is likely related to the 2023 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye which is rumored to have been tweaked to run on E85 fuel. It should have a colossal 909 horsepower or 69 hp more than the Demon when fed on 100+ octane gas. Nothing’s official at this point, but it makes sense for the final ICE muscle car to be the factory’s most powerful of them all.
But what does “1FAST29” allude to? Maybe a quick quarter mile run in a low nine second span? As a refresher, the Demon is officially rated at 9.65 seconds as long as it runs on 100 octane gas. That would be a great time to beat thanks to the unconfirmed power boost provided by the 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline blend. As you may recall, several Demon owners have managed to beat the official quarter mile time, and one of them completed the sprint in 9.57 seconds in late 2019.
It’s worth mentioning that all Dodge Charger and Challenger 2023 models will boast a special “Last Call” commemorative plaque under the hood. The entire production process for the final 2023MY will be allocated to dealers at once, which will make it easier for customers to find and secure the muscle car of their choice. Pricing details and info will be disclosed closer to the sale date, with specific guidance to be made available on DodgeGarage.com to help shoppers expedite the process.