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After Nearly 20 Years, Production Of These Iconic Machines Come To An End

The last LX muscle car to roll off the Brampton line: a 2023 Dodge Demon 170

Confirmed by several Stellantis employees on social media on Friday was the end of muscle car production at the Brampton Assembly Plant. Nearly 20 years of building LX-platform vehicles, now behind us. More bitter than sweet is the occasion, as the end of the current-generation Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300 mean an end to the best horsepower:dollar ratio one could find anywhere.

Whatever comes next will not be anywhere close to as affordable, whether it comes down to cylinder count, horsepower, or variety. Inflation, regulations, and certain societal pressures are all working against the muscle car, and the American auto industry has firmly entered Malaise Era 2.0. The send off was one last 1,025 hp Dodge Challenger Demon 170 that rolled off the Brampton assembly line before workers hit the lights, heading into the last week of 2023 for a well-deserved break.

At least the Chevrolet Camaro won’t be alone on the bench of sidelined nameplates, at least for a little bit.

2023 Dodge Demon 170 Challenger SRT Specs Price 0-60 Quarter Mile Horsepower Engine
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

The Brampton Assembly plant produced Dodge and Chrysler LX-platform muscle cars since 2004, with the RWD Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum wagon, followed by the reborn Dodge Charger in 2005. Come 2008, the year before Chrysler LLC’s bankruptcy, the retro-futuristic Dodge Challenger roared onto the scene, capped by the SRT8 that ushered in second golden age of muscle cars. That was just the beginning.

In 2011, Dodge introduced the Charger and Challenger SRT, with a new 6.4L “392” Hemi V8 engine, answering to the recently launched fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. But the game truly changed in 2014, with the introduction of the Challenger SRT Hellcat. At 707 horsepower, the Challenger Hellcat was the most powerful production muscle car the world has ever seen at the time. And even crazier, it stickered for just $60,990 USD. This product truly created unequaled brand cachet for Dodge, with the “Brotherhood of Muscle” fanbase growing on the ethos of giving the people more power for the money than anybody else dared to.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Ubly Dragway
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Then came the Charger SRT Hellcat for the 2015 model year, then the 840 horsepower, 9-second Challenger SRT Demon for the 2018 model year. Then the widebodies, and the 797 hp Redeyes. Then the crate engines. And the quality awards. Then the 811 hp Challenger Super Stock, and the Stage Kits, and finally, the “Last Call” models. This was capped by the 1,025 horsepower Challenger SRT Demon 170, the quickest, most powerful production muscle car ever with a quarter-mile time of under 9-seconds.

For the American performance car enthusiast, it was the best of times, and most of us had no idea.

The last LX muscle car to roll off the Brampton Assembly line was a Pitch Black 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. The finale muscle car emerged through the chute, just before the lights went out. At first, it was expected the plant would run until December 31st. And we have no idea on the final tally on just how many Demon 170s, let alone other varieties of the Challenger and Charger were able to be finished before the deadline.

We can only salute the Brampton employees for their years of hard work, building some of the most sought-after, iconic and powerful automobiles the world has ever seen.

Next for Brampton is the next-generation Jeep Compass in 2025, riding on the STLA Medium architecture. As for the successors to the Dodge and Chrysler LX muscle cars, that duty will be passed to the Stellantis Windsor Assembly plant, where we’ve already seen leaked images of the next-gen Charger’s body, confirming that the future will be far more than just electric.

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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