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A New Report Says That The Road Course Ready Muscle Car Does Not Exist

2020 Dodge Challenger T/A
2020 Dodge Challenger T/A. Image Courtesy of FCA.

In a matter of days, rumors once again of a Dodge Challenger ACR popped up like a garden weed, before being hit with a spray of RoundUp in the form of a new report from AutoWeek. Based on what officials from Dodge are saying, there is no Challenger ACR in the works.

Initial reports claimed that the corner-carving muscle car would have borrowed the most radical aerodynamic bits from the legendary Dodge Viper ACR, and would seek to drastically reduce its standard heft with the help of clever engineering and carbon fiber. It would also pack two engines, as standard 392 Hemi V8, and a 707 horsepower Hellcat supercharged V8.

Dodge Challenger ACR
The Dodge Challenger ACR Concept.

It seemed odd from the get go. A Dodge Challenger ACR. Just the same, it’s not beyond a brand to snuff out any reporting of a top secret vehicle program in the works. All we can really say is that the LX-platform Dodge Challenger appears to be in its twilight years, and it’s likely see a reboot around 2023, based on a potential easter egg. We know that there’s likely to be electrification involved when it does, as FCA ordered a massive supply of new RWD-application transmissions from ZF that are meant for just that. It could also introduce a new straight-six engine hybrid engine. There’s also expectations of a lower-cost Giorgio platform as the underpinnings for the next-generation muscle car. Oddly, we seem to know more about the distant future of the next-generation Dodge Challenger than we do about the last remaining years of the current one.

We can only speculate that Dodge will properly send off the current-generation Challenger in style, and perhaps the ACR is (or was) on the drawing board. Ruling out a resurrection of the Challenger Demon, there doesn’t seem to be much else to do for the muscle car, besides maybe give it more power, as its fanbase wants. Maybe instead of a Challenger ACR, they’ll stuff a 1,000 horsepower Hellephant engine in a few of them, and send it off in a great, big, smoky burnout.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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