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The End of an Era: Dodge Challenger and Charger Discontinued

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Dodge Challenger discontinuation

The last Dodge Challenger has exited the production line at the Stellantis facility in Brampton, Canada, signaling the conclusion of its celebrated V-8 muscle car era and the termination of its LX platform use.

On December 22, the production of the ultimate Dodge Challenger, a SRT Demon 170 model in Pitch Black, was finalized, as confirmed by a Dodge representative to AutoMotorMart. However, the company has not disclosed whether this last unit is a customer purchase or will be preserved by Stellantis as a historical piece.

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The Demon 170 represents the final installment in a series of “Last Call” special edition models, commemorating the cessation of the current Challenger and Charger series. Equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, this model delivers an astounding 1,025 horsepower and 945 lb-ft of torque when running on E85 fuel, and 900 horsepower with 810 lb-ft of torque on E10 premium gasoline, making it an iconic farewell for the series.

Dodge has announced that the Demon 170 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 1.66 seconds and achieve a lateral acceleration of 2.0 g on a prepared surface, including rollout. Moreover, the car has been acknowledged by the NHRA for its quarter-mile sprint in 8.91 seconds at 151.17 mph, positioning it as the fastest accelerating and quickest production car available for purchase. It was priced at $100,361.

2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170

Dodge confirmed to AutoMotorMart the completion of all 3,300 planned Demon 170s. The Brampton plant was set to cease LX-platform car production by the year’s end, regardless of the number of Demon 170s produced, indicating a potential for a lower production figure. Dodge began accepting the last orders for gas-powered Challengers and Chargers in July.

With the recent production halt of the Chrysler 300C performance sedan, and the cessation of the Dodge Charger production, the LX-platform vehicles have officially reached the end of their production run, marking a significant moment for Stellantis.

2023 Dodge Challenger and 2023 Dodge Charger Mopar ’23 Editions

The LX platform, introduced in the early 2000s by what was then Daimler-Chrysler, reinvigorated the rear-wheel-drive, V-8 performance car segment. Initially utilized in the 300 and the Dodge Magnum wagon, it was later employed for the Charger and Challenger models. Despite the Magnum’s brief existence, the 300, Charger, and Challenger continued to be produced with minimal changes, outliving the typical lifecycle of other models. For instance, the Ford Mustang, a direct competitor, has undergone two redesigns within the lifespan of the current Challenger model.

While the gasoline-powered Challenger and Charger models have been discontinued, Dodge has not yet confirmed the termination of these nameplates. Future versions are likely to be electric vehicles, as Dodge is gearing up to introduce an electric muscle car in the near future, showcased by the Charger Daytona SRT concept.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Dodge Challenger discontinuation

What marks the end of the Dodge Challenger and Charger models?

The final production of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 at the Stellantis plant in Brampton, Canada, signifies the end of the Dodge Challenger and Charger models.

When was the last Dodge Challenger produced?

The last Dodge Challenger, a SRT Demon 170 in Pitch Black, was completed on December 22.

What is the significance of the Dodge Demon 170 model?

The Demon 170, with its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, represents the final model in the “Last Call” series, celebrating the end of the current Challenger and Charger series. It’s notable for its exceptional power and speed.

How many Dodge Demon 170s were produced?

Dodge confirmed the production of all 3,300 planned Demon 170 models.

What does the end of LX-platform car production signify?

The cessation of LX-platform car production, including the Challenger, Charger, and Chrysler 300C, marks the end of an era for rear-wheel-drive, V-8 performance cars under Stellantis.

Will Dodge continue the Challenger and Charger nameplates in the future?

While the gasoline-powered Challenger and Charger are discontinued, Dodge hasn’t confirmed the end of these nameplates. Future successors are likely to be electric vehicles.

More about Dodge Challenger discontinuation

  • Dodge Challenger’s Final Production
  • Demon 170 Model Overview
  • End of LX Platform Cars
  • Dodge’s Electric Vehicle Future
  • History of Dodge Challenger and Charger

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6 comments

EcoDrive December 27, 2023 - 12:21 pm

Electric is the way to go! glad to see big companies like Dodge moving towards sustainability.

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CarFanatic December 27, 2023 - 3:29 pm

Its kinda sad to see them go but excited for what Dodge has in store with electric cars, they’re the future afterall.

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SpeedyGonzales December 27, 2023 - 6:48 pm

Demon 170 sounds insane, 1025 hp is just mind-blowing. Wish I could get my hands on one!

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VintageCollector December 27, 2023 - 7:31 pm

These cars will be missed, They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Time to hunt for a classic Challenger or Charger.

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OldSchoolRider December 28, 2023 - 3:59 am

Always loved the classic muscle feel of the Challenger, not sure how i feel about EVs replacing them.

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Mike87 December 28, 2023 - 6:14 am

wow, can’t believe the Challenger and Charger are going away. end of an era for sure, gonna miss those V-8 roars.

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