In the long parade that is Dodge’s “Last Call” series of special-edition cars, we find the 2023 Charger King Daytona as the penultimate participant in their big send-off party. For the occasion, Dodge gearheads pushed the wick on a Hellcat Redeye engine to a blistering 807 horsepower.
Yes, you read that right. We can now sign their name on a blazing orange four-door sedan (called Go Mango, to be precise) with more than 800 horsepower under its domed hood. We’ll tell our grandkids about those days in the year 2060. And, yes, that sum is 10 ponies more than the now frankly underpowered and utterly useless Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye that makes 797 horsepower.
Why is he called the king? If your mind immediately went to Richard Petty’s association with Dodge back in the day (and then lazily wondered why that thing isn’t painted B5 blue), then you’re not alone; this author thought the same thing. In fact, the 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona traces its lineage to a famous monarch of the West Coast drag racing scene of the ’60s and ’70s. A dude named “Big Willie” Robinson dubbed his 1969 Dodge Charger “King Daytona” and used it to not only claim victory on the drag strip, but also to keep racers on the track and off the streets. Good enough, then.
Along with the power bump, this car gets the usual handful of styling addenda, including satin black exterior graphics and 20-inch wheels hiding Brembo-branded six-piston brake calipers. You will have already noticed the Mopar hood pin kit, as well as the so-called “satin chrome” badges and the black spoiler. Inside are exterior elements that have become an integral part of these special editions, such as decorative stitching to match the exterior, a suede headliner and a stunning audio system.
Only 300 of the 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona “Last Call” models will be produced, all based on the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody in a vivid Go Mango exterior color. Like all other “Last Call” cars, their attribution will be made clear on DodgeGarage.com for all to see when vehicle ordering opens later this fall.