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[*]BEST CONCEPT - DODGE CHALLENGER: Ever since we popped the first spy shots of the Dodge Challenger concept on these pages ("Rising to the Challenger," Nov. 28, 2005), we've heard the steady beating of the enthusiast drums urging Chrysler to build this beast. Though technical hurdles might hurt its production chances (a B-pillarless coupe would require substantial and costly roof reinforcement, for instance), Chrysler design chief Trevor Creed didn't toss any cold water on the faithful when he said "The Dodge Challenger is back -- ahem -- as a concept vehicle." As Creed says, it's a concept -- but one that is so close to production quality in its near-perfect reproduction of the iconic 1970 Challenger as a modern day machine that we can almost smell the production-car rubber burning. Built on a shortened version of the bread-and- butter 300C chassis, and equipped with a 6.1-liter, 425-hp, 420-lb-ft, Hemi V8 and a six-speed manual transmission, Challenger looks like it could be built tomorrow. Time will tell whether Chrysler can pull off this muscle-car miracle. Other candidates: Aston Martin Rapide, Chevrolet Camaro, Lamborghini Miuri, Mazda Kabura, Infiniti Coupe.