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RIP Dodge Challenger V8: saying farewell to America's maddest muscle car

One last hurrah in Dodge's bombastic eight-cylinder hero

Published: 15 Mar 2024
18 minutes 56 seconds

On 22 December 2023, the last Dodge Challenger of this generation rolled off the (Canadian) production line. In its 15-year life Dodge sold 857,000 of them, steadily ramping up the power, the menace, the outrageousness, creating a 21st Century muscle car legend. 
 
The final limited run of 300 cars pays tribute to a Challenger from a previous life: the street racing ‘Black Ghost’ of 1970s Michigan. Top Gear magazine’s Ollie Kew has been to California to drive it, and to Detroit to hear the Black Ghost’s story. It’s one last hurrah for the V8 Dodge, before an awkward question: how do you go about replacing a car so characterful with something electric
 
For more on the Black Ghost – and to read about it facing off against the Ford Mustang Dark Horse – pick up the April 2024 issue of Top Gear magazine.

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