The Final V8 Dodge Challenger Has Left The Factory, Ending Production Forever
It may be hard to believe, but it has officially happened. The last Dodge Challenger has been built, marking the (supposed) end of the muscle car as far as we know.
The Final Dodge Challenger Ever
On Friday, December 22nd, 2023, Stellantis confirmed that the last V8 muscle car would be leaving the Brampton Assembly Plant. Closing the book on the iconic car in style, the final unit was appropriately an all-black 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, the most powerful factory-made car ever that can produce 1,025 horsepower and clear a quarter mile in only 8.91 seconds.
Photos of the final Challenger were shared in a Facebook post, which attracted the attention of many heartbroken muscle car fans.
“Today was my last day at the plant, I’ve never seen so much emotion over a car,” wrote one commenter. “The most beautiful modern muscle car of the 2000’s era,” added another.
The latest generation of the Dodge Challenger was in production for 15 years, making its debut in April 2008. Its design was a nod to the original Challenger of the 1970’s, which was only in production for five years. However, its very image became synonymous with the term “muscle car”, making it the car of choice in movies, television shows, car meets, and military bases throughout the U.S.
While this news does mark the end of the Challenger, it does not necessarily close the book on the Dodge performance car, or muscle cars entirely. The next-gen Charger will be returning, only not as a Hemi V8. Dodge already released a preview of the all-electric Charger Daytona SRT concept car, and rumors strongly suggest that a gas-powered Charger will remain in production, featuring the new Hurricane straight-six engine.