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The mullet king is dead. Long live the mullet king!

Six years ago--an epoch in Chrysler's herky-jerky corporate lifetime--Dodge resurrected the Charger nameplate and in one fell swoop, it obliterated all the front-drive nonsense we endured through the 1980s, in Omnis and Daytonas. Reborn with the help of some Daimler running gear, the 2005 Charger neatly stitched itself back to the 1970s muscle cars that still give the chicken skin to car followers and daydreamers. It's as if the 25 years in between never happened. No Reagan revolution. No NASCAR explosion. No Omni pollution.

When it came out of its deep hibernation, the Charger reconnected with more than just the mullet demographic that even a CBS News poll would pick out from its sales data. Yep, the race fans stepped right back in line--but so did a whole generation of sedan drivers starved for real rear-drive fun in four-door form, sidelined into safe Tauruses and commercial-grade Impalas. The Charger hardly needed its...

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