The End of The American Muscle Car?


Photo Courtesy of Michael Gauthier

Nate Galvin

The days of high horsepower American muscle cars are almost over for many companies.

The Ford Mustang was one of the first Pony cars in 1964 but it picked up the title of muscle car through the 70s and 80s as the line between muscle and pony car disappeared.

The Chevrolet Camaro was first released in 1967 to compete with the Mustang. The Camaro was also a Pony car that picked up the title of muscle car in the 70s and 80s.

The Dodge Challenger and Charger were and still are true muscle cars that just focus on raw powers rather than handling

With electric vehicles becoming more common, many companies are starting to transition to making more electric cars. 

Dodge has stated that they are ending production of their Challenger and Charger models in December of 2023. 

Although the Challenger and Charger are being discontinued in 2023 Dodge is releasing many different special editions for the final year of production. 

Dodge’s parent company Stellantis wants 100% of its European and 50% of its US sales to be electric by 2030. Dodge announced the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT in August of 2022. The Charger Daytona SRT is an electric vehicle that is set to be released in 2024 as an electric muscle car.

Chevrolet Stated that the company would be discontinuing the Camaro in 2024. 

Chevrolet also plans to make a Farewell Special Edition of the Camaro for its last year of production. 

An electric performance sedan is rumored to replace the Camaro

The Mustang Mach E was released in 2020 and has been sold alongside the S550 Mustang

But Ford has a slightly different plan for the future of its Pony car. 

Ford is discontinuing the S550 Mustang to make room for the S650 body style. 

Ford has stated that the next generation of Mustang will keep the same engine options as the S550 so it will have either a 4 cylinder Ecoboost or the Coyote V8. 

For the Camaro, Charger and the Challenger this is not the first time that they are being discontinued.

  • Chevy Camaro from 1967 to 2002 2010-present 
  • Dodge Challenger  1969-1974 1977-1983 2008-Present
  • Dodge Charger 1966-1978 1982-1987 2006-Present 

With 3 of the 4 remaining American muscle cars being discontinued in the next few years hopefully this isn’t the end for American Muscle Cars.