Dodge is bringing back the Challenger, with a new retro-styled concept car. It looks like they're correcting Dodge's wasted opportunity in re-inventing the kick-ass Charger as an overpowered family sedan, by taking Ford's strategy of re-creating the original car as faithfully as possible. Granted, I wouldn't have been able to recognize the original Challenger before now, but at its best, 1970 or so, it really captured the best of the spirit of seventies muscle cars.
The awesome new version does that, too, and manages to improve on the original in the process. And if I ever 1) can afford a car and 2) can bring myself to buy the horribly wasteful muscle car I want so badly, the production model in 2007 may give the Mustang some serious competition. Especially given what I've read about the Mustang's iffy quality control. Dodge/Chrysler seems like a pretty reliable brand these days, so Dodge's Challenger ought to do better than, say, NASA's.
It is a bit sad that Detroit has to take its cues from thirty-year-old designs to build a car with excitement and spirit, but that's better than building a car without any appeal at all.
Shame about, you know, the gas mileage, but I suppose that's part of the fun.