Few could have imagined that Dodge would emerge from the smoke, the standard-bearer for nostalgia-tinged sheet metal wrapped around a tire-

shredding, cannonading V8 when the retro-muscle bomb went off in the mid-2000s. The Dodge Challenger, which debuted in 2008, 

was a stunning return to form for a brand that had dominated Detroit's original golden era on both the street and the racetrack. 

The Dodge brand had been absent from the world of rear-wheel drive performance for decades, and it had not offered an eight-cylinder engine in a passenger car since the 1980s.

Demon supercharged engines that redefined what was possible in an affordable production vehicle, 

when the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro eventually strayed from their own retro looks.