When a year comes to a close, there is a sense of nostalgia as you realize that some things are over and certain chapters are closed forever. Waiting another whole year for Starbucks to release the delicious Peppermint Hot Chocolate or for the Cheesecake Factory to introduce the Peppermint Bark Cheesecake is a struggle. But there is also a nostalgia for the things you know will never return. For the holidays, we like to remember the mom-and-pop stores of our childhoods that went out of business because of big chains. We also take a look at discarded goods like PB Crisps and Philadelphia Cheesecake Bars. And car enthusiasts will probably think about the classic cars that no longer exist. Unfortunately, the list of discontinued cars grows every year.
Several cool cars will no longer be available in 2023, so if you’re sensitive to nostalgia, prepare to take a trip down memory lane, because you may have owned one of these cars, and they probably mean a lot to you. Hint: There are two very popular American icons on the list. On the positive side, automakers will release new vehicles in 2023, so try to stay positive.
The American icons: the Ford GT, Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger
Unfortunately, ford has decided to discontinue the GT. But until 2023, Ford will debut one last special edition of the GT, the 2022 Ford GT LM. The American company has built only 20 copies of this vehicle and the LM in the name comes from Le Mans, which is a tribute to the Le Mans victory in 2016. Ford equipped the GT LM with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 turbo engine, generating 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque.
In addition, Ford showed off the GT Mk IV, which costs a whopping $1.7 million and is only accessible to pre-approved customers. The American automaker built just 67 of the GT Mk IV, and this track-only behemoth generates over 800 horsepower. Incidentally, Ford also gives a discount on the small and affordable SUV, the subcompact EcoSport.
Although this is hardly news at the moment, Cleverness production of its hugely successful Challenger and Charger will stop in their current form in 2023. This is because the American carmaker will launch a fully electric muscle car in 2024. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis announced that Dodge has a parting gift for its fans, and it will release seven Last Call limited-edition muscle car models, which will arrive at premium dealerships. As far as the Stellantisbrand has introduced six Last Call models: the Dodge Challenger Shakedown, Dodge Charger Super Bee, Dodge Challenger and Charger Scat Pack Swinger, Dodge Charger King Daytona, and Dodge Challenger Black Ghost. But Stellantis delayed the release of the seventh commemorative edition because the engines exploded.
“We’ve used seven engines with shellfire so far,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis explained during a phone call with reporters. “If you take a Hellcat and you want to add more horsepower to street trim, you know for a daily driver or a car that takes you to the track, you know street and strip, or honestly even for Direct Connection, it’s very, very easy to do.Unfortunately if I sell it as a commemorative edition, the last buzz model, I have to put it through the last production cycles.
As for the limited edition Last Call vehicles, they all come with a special Last Call commemorative plaque. “The Last Call bottom cover made of brushed aluminum plaque with the name of the vehicle and a vehicle silhouette, as well as Designed in Auburn Hills and Assembled in Brampton to proclaim each vehicle’s origins,” says Stellantis in a press release.
The very popular Japanese stars: the Acura NSX and Honda Insight are gone
In 2023, not only American cars will be unavailable, but also two well-known Japanese icons. Honda decided to discontinue the Acura NSX, the mid-engine, two-seat sports car, because the vehicle was not profitable, according to HotCars employee Hamed Paydarfar. Acura will also stop production of the compact luxury sedan, the ILX, after the 2022 model year. The Japanese company will replace the ILX with the Integra.
The Honda Insight hybrid is another discontinued vehicle. The Japanese car manufacturer will replace the hybrid pioneer with a Civic hybrid. “As the next step in Honda’s electrification strategy in North America, the company will focus on increasing the hybrid volume of core models – CR-V, Accord and, in the future, Civic. To accommodate these moves, Honda will wrap up Insight production in June,” said one Honda press release.
Undoubtedly, the automotive industry will undergo profound changes in 2023. Fortunately, several cool cars will make their debut the following year, so it won’t all be bad news.
Sources: Stellantis, Kron4, The Virginian Pilot, Honda News and Kelley Blue Book