2014 Dodge Challenger: The End of the Line Is a New Beginning

Proud workers stand with the last 2014 Challenger off the Brampton, Ontario, assembly line. Over the past seven model years, nearly 281,000 2008–2014 Dodge Challengers have crossed this point.

 

By Steve Magnante

 

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the last 2014 Dodge Challenger rolled off the Brampton, Ontario, assembly line. Fittingly, the final example was a bright white R/T Plus 100th Anniversary Edition and oh yeah, it’s got a HEMI® engine, but it will also deliver the kind of fuel economy owners of 1970 Challenger R/Ts could only dream of! Special permanently affixed metal badges forever identify it as the final 2014 Challenger built as the Brampton facility is converted for output of the updated and improved 2015 Challenger lineup.

 

Most impressive, this final Challenger was the 280,783rd built at Brampton since Dodge re-entered the Detroit pony car wars in 2008 with the limited production (7,219 built) Challenger SRT8. The very first regular production 2008 Challenger SRT8 rolled off the Brampton line on Thursday, May 8, 2008, some 2,236 calendar days earlier. It was the answer to the dreams and requests of Dodge fans all over the world for a modern pony car contender to pick up where the 19701974 Challenger (E-Body) left off.

 

Still awaiting its doors, body stripes and miscellaneous final touches, the final 2014 Challenger is nearly complete.

 

It all seemed too good to be true! But it was real. Only three colors were offered, Brilliant Black, Bright Silver and HEMI Orange, and all were equipped with the mighty 425 horsepower 6.1 liter HEMI engine backed by a five-speed automatic transmission. As such, enthusiasts clamored to get theirs before the program ended.

 

Happily, the successful 2008 Challenger SRT8 program blossomed into a regular production offering with Challengers built for a variety of budgets. For 2009 and beyond, the Challenger was available with a full range of popular colors, options and models ranging from the sporty and economical V-6 powered SE and SXT to the 5.7-liter HEMI-powered R/T. At the top of the line, the SRT8 held court with as much as 470 horsepower and an available six-speed Pistol Grip shifter (added in 2009).

 

Along the way, several limited production special edition Challengers fanned the flames and included the LC22R Drag Pack program where you could buy a semi-completed NHRA drag racer right from the Mopar parts counter at your local Dodge dealer! The 2010 Mopar ’10 Challenger R/T was another hit with metallic pearl black, special stripes, cold air induction and final assembly handled by the Mopar Upfit Center in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. From the basic 306 horsepower V-6 SXT coupe to the Viper-powered 2011 LC22R V-10 Drag Pak to the re-introduction of the legendary HEMI ‘Shaker’ (the rebirth of a muscle car icon with cold air induction), every Challenger delivered a fun driving experience.

 

This specially-stamped metal tag is affixed to the radiator support and reads (in part): End of line. This tag identifies this car as the last 2008–2014 LC to cross the production line in Brampton, Ont. June 24, 2014.

 

So as we bid farewell to the last 2014 LC Challenger built, let’s reflect on the happy fact that Dodge’s heritage-inspired pony car has been a huge success. Consider this: total production of the original 19701974 Dodge Challenger (E-Body) was 165,437 cars. In the 2,237 calendar days since the Brampton, Ontario, plant has been building 20082014 LC-series Challengers, a total of 280,783 have been completed and shipped to Dodge dealers all over North America. In other words, for every “classic” 19701974 Challenger built, nearly two modern Challengers have been sold!

 

But while the original E-body Challenger survived only five model years (1970–1974), the modern edition has been available for seven seasons (2008–2014) and is still going strong. In fact, the 2015 Challenger is looking to be even more popular than ever. The incorporation of 1971-inspired exterior and interior styling themes has stayed true to its roots while evolving into a modern day muscle car. Add in the available Shaker hood, the R/T Scat Pack with potent 6.4-liter HEMI engine’s 485 horsepower or the SRT HEMI Hellcat with an earth shattering 707 horsepower, and the Challenger’s future looks brighter than ever! Here’s to another decade of challenging the Detroit pony car establishment — and winning. Long live the Dodge Challenger!

 

—Steve Magnante

 

How’s this for exclusivity? Special exterior medallions were created just for this car! This one reads: Challenger Final Car 280,783rd LC 2008–2014.

 


  • Kedric De Lara

    That’s amazing! I just wish I could know when the Hellcat is available to order I do not want to miss out on the Opportunity. I’ve long waited for this! Keep up the good Work Dodge!

    • Brenda Roy Wood

      Ive heard August 8 Hellcat available for order!!!

      • Kedric De Lara

        Holy Crap! I really Do hope so!!!
        You think it’s gonna be heavy on certain dealers, or will it be fair play for everyone to try and get? Because I’m from a small city and read only certain dealers will be able to sell them :/

        • Ryan

          Limited production run for this first year. 1,200, so not every dealership will/can get one.

        • dasfitz

          “That came from an anonymous source within the carmaker, although Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis denied its validity, saying the amount of Hellcats to be sold hasn’t been determined.”

        • Cal Jurman

          Where did you get this info? Not what I heard…

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  • TBird100636

    What dealership is the last car being shipped to? Why was HEMI and engine crossed out at the end of the article?

  • Jennifer Kathleen Dutton

    Keep rocking Dodge the Hellcat is going to rule the car world!!!!!

  • JB

    Awesome!

  • epicurus

    When I started reading I was shocked, I thought it meant the Challenger was finished, no longer to be built ! Then I thought, oh maybe just at the Ontario plant, production will be moved elsewhere. By the end it dawned on me it’s just talking about the last one for the 2014 production year. Whew! Crisis averted.

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  • Trish

    I dropped my necklace in the defroster vent and need to know how to get it out

  • In the dog house

    I’ve got the 2014 challenger I was trying to get a knot out of her nickless and started talking and set it on the dash and forgot it was there tell I come to my first brake check the nickless when into the defroster vent any one know how I may get it out with out missing up the dash her kid got it for her and it really means a lot to her any help will be greatly appreciated thanks