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Say Farewell to These 8 Iconic Cars in 2024

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2024 will see the exit of some remarkable four-wheeled icons. This farewell list includes a pair of hellcats, a charismatic Italian powerhouse, and a rough, rugged off-roader. 

We will miss these emblematic autos from the 2024 showrooms as they step aside to make way (in many cases) for newer, electrified models. 

But that doesn’t mean they’ll be forgotten.
To fans and admirers, these automobiles will forever be remembered as power and elegance embodied in a combustion machine.

1. Audi R8 

After 17 years of production, German luxury automaker Audi is bidding farewell to its mid-engine supercar, the iconic R8. Discontinuing the R8’s line in 2024 aligns with Audi’s commitment to an electric future, part of their plan to transition into fully electric vehicles by 2033. 

The R8’s departure leaves a legacy that has endured through 16 years of impressive performance, captivating design, and a passionate fanbase.

2. Audi TT

Since its debut in 1998, the sleek and stylish Audi TT faces its swan song with the 2023 model year. Like its cousin, the R8, the TT is succumbing to Audi’s strategic shift toward electric vehicles. 

The iconic speedster has survived an impressive 25 years, bidding farewell due to declining sales in a swiftly evolving automotive landscape. A commemorative “Final Edition” TT was released in 2023, offering enthusiasts a last chance to own a piece of automotive history. 

3. Dodge Challenger

With a triumphant 50-year run under its belt, the legendary Dodge Challenger is set to retire, marking the end of an era as Dodge pivots towards electric vehicles. December 2023 witnesses the Challenger’s final production.

Characterized by powerful engines, retro-inspired design, and track-dominating performance, this Hellcat has etched its place in American muscle car history. As the Challenger bows out, its impact will undoubtedly inspire generations, paving the way for a new era of electrified muscle machines.

4. Dodge Charger

The powerful and iconic Dodge Charger will be driven off the production line for the final time in December 2023. With its muscular aesthetics and formidable engines, the Charger will be fondly remembered after over 50 years of thrilling performance. 

Like the Challenger, the Charger is phased off as Dodge shifts its priorities to electric vehicles. 

While details about a direct successor remain undisclosed, the Charger Daytona SRT concept hints at a potential electric future. 

5. Ferrari Portofino M

Bid farewell to the luxurious Ferrari Portofino M as the Italian luxury carmaker paves the way for the incoming Roma Spider in 2024. 

After a commendable 3-year production run, the mid-engine V8 Portofino will step aside, yielding to Ferrari’s focus on innovation. It leaves a legacy of impressive performance, thanks to its 612-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine and agile handling. 

While bidding adieu, the Portofino M’s influence on high-performance convertibles with a focus on comfort will undoubtedly endure.

6. Jeep Cherokee

After nearly 50 years of history, the mid-size Jeep Cherokee SUV concludes its production in 2023 — at least, for this generation. 

A trailblazer since its introduction in 1974, the Cherokee underwent various transformations, impacting the Jeep brand significantly. Despite a hiatus in the mid-2000s, it made a comeback in 2014 and now faces discontinuation due to declining sales and Jeep’s heightened focus on the more popular Grand Cherokee. 

While we say goodbye to the current Cherokee, Jeep hints at a possible return, envisioning a larger and potentially electrified Cherokee in the pipeline, and a possible name change.

7. Kia Stinger 

The Kia Stinger, a stylish and powerful fastback sedan, will be discontinued in 2024 after a creditable 6-year run. Despite offering appealing value and performance, the Stinger faced challenges gaining significant market share against SUV popularity. 

The Stinger is defined by its distinctive design, engaging driving experience, and strong value proposition — and its exit leaves an enduring mark on the automotive landscape. As a final tribute, Kia introduced the “Tribute Edition” Stinger, featuring Moonscape matte paint and new 19-inch wheels, limited to 1,000 units worldwide. 

8. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

The polished, sophisticated Mercedes Benz C-Class coupe faces discontinuation in 2024. Alongside the coupe, the C-Class convertible will also be phased out. 

The C-Class Coupe offered a blend of luxury, performance, and practicality, making it a favorite for drivers seeking a stylish and comfortable two-door car. The decision to end production comes as Mercedes-Benz consolidates its coupe lineup, with the new CLE-Class replacing both the C-Class and E-Class coupes.