Last week, we got a full teaser video from Dodge regarding the final “Last Call” special-edition model slated to release next month at the Dodge Last Call event in Las Vegas. So naturally, as it’s a teaser, there’s bound to be a significant amount of hints hidden in plain sight for people to uncover, and while we’ve done some speculation, so has Mopar Insiders. And they’ve got a pretty good idea as to what Dodge is hinting at in the first of four teaser videos leading up to the event.
Dodge ‘Finale’ Muscle Car: Leprechaun Symbolism, Logo Image, And More
The video features a leprechaun receiving an intravenous (IV) therapy of a fluid that appears to be some fuel, which transforms him into a taller, intimidating creature. While the leprechaun may be seen as a nod to the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, that may only partially be the case. Irish folklore depicts a leprechaun as a hot-tempered and spiteful character that steals from the poor and grants twisted wishes to those who capture him. We see another Irish folklore homage with the Dodge Charger SRT Daytona Banshee concept. For those that don’t know, the banshee is a spirit from Irish folklore, as well, as are the howling, screaming characteristics.
At no point is there any elusion to this vehicle having some sort of “goblin” tie-in. So please tell friends and family to stop referring to it as such.
In the teaser video, the leprechaun’s eyes change from red, likely symbolizing the Hellcat Redeye, to yellow, reflecting the new creature’s persona. Additionally, Dodge has unveiled a new logo leading up to the upcoming Roadkill Nights Vegas event, where the new car will be launched. The new logo features a fierce character with yellow eyes covered by a classic style nitro drag racing mask (pictured: top), similar to what can be found on the Challenger R/T Scat Pack (pictured: above). This logo is believed to be placed on the final “Last Call” model, not to mention that the mask is also represented in the teaser videos thumbnail.
The upcoming special-edition Dodge finale muscle car – expected to be a Challenger – will likely be fueled by E85, resulting in a significant boost to power that could be around 909 horsepower. Dodge certainly has plenty of tools at their disposal to accomplish this feat, as Dodge Direct Connection can increase the power of the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat Redeye to 885 ponies. Hence, an extra 24 is entirely plausible.
Or, perhaps more radically, we can speculate that Dodge will put the Hellephant V8 engine in a production car. This is based on the fact that the engine of the Dodge finale muscle car failed durability testing at first, delaying its reveal that was originally scheduled for the 2022 SEMA Show. MC&T reported that the Hellephant crate engine had also faced durability issues during validation as well, setting back its launch schedule. Where the issue differs between a crate engine and a production vehicle engine is the additional durability testing cycles, which Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis once eluded to.
The original teaser of the grand finale muscle car is the “OneFast29” license plate, as it sat covered at M1 Concourse during Dodge Speed Week.
Another teaser will be dropped this week, which could give us more hints about this upcoming muscle car of all muscle cars.